September is National Awareness Month for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - Living Your Life Without Limits

September is National Awareness Month for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS Awareness Month is a federally designated event. PCOS Awareness Month aims to help improve the lives of those affected by PCOS.

The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is the sponsoring organization for PCOS Awareness Month and offers supporting resources, information, and events.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects up to 15% of women in the U.S. (over 20% in some parts of the world). It is one of the most common causes of female infertility,  affecting as many as 5 million women in the U.S. alone. In addition, it can lead to lifelong complications such as: psychosocial disorders, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer, and other serious and life-threatening conditions.

If you or a loved one may be experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek medical attention:

  1. Abnormal menstruation, absence of menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, short and light menstruation, or spotting
  2. Weight: obesity, overweight, or weight gain
  3. Infertility
  4. Acne
  5. Depression
  6. Inappropriate male features
  7. Loss of scalp hair
  8. Oily skin
  9. Unwanted hair

For more information or other helpful tips, visit our free resource section on the LYLWL’s Website.

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