Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS means Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or many ovarian cysts. PCOS can cause health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and high cholesterol levels. The cause is unknown and the condition is thought to be genetic (runs in the family).

PCOS is diagnosed in women in their 20s and 30s. But it can also be diagnosed in teenaged girls as young as 11 and in women ages 40-55.

PCOS causes hormonal imbalance in women that can lead to irregular, prolonged or absent menstruation (Amenorrhea). The cysts in the ovaries are tiny sacs containing fluid and immature follicles that failed to rupture or release the mature egg for fertilization (ovulation).

The immature eggs stay inside the ovaries making it harder for women to become pregnant. Anovulation is when ovaries don’t release eggs at all. This is the main cause of infertility in women. PCOS has no cure, but the condition can be reversed with treatment, and lifestyle and diet changes.

Hormonal Imbalance

PCOS triggers the ovaries and adrenal glands to release too much male androgen hormones (Testosterone which converts to DHT). DHT is the main cause of hair loss in women. Too much Testosterone and DHT in females can also cause severe acne, male pattern baldness, deep voice, increased sex drive, aggression, and unwanted facial and body hair (hirsutism).

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

PCOS also triggers the adrenal glands to release too much of a hormone called DHEA-sulfate, which can also cause excessive facial hair in women (see picture above) as well as other male characteristics. Women with PCOS are also at a greater risk for ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer (lining of the uterus) and breast cancers.

Insulin Resistance

Some women with PCOS have too much circulating insulin in their blood because their cells have trouble utilizing insulin in the cells. Insulin Resistance means there is too much insulin circulating in the blood which causes blood sugar to be elevated. Insulin Resistance is mainly associated with obese women.

Signs and Symptoms of PCOS

  • Infertility (not ovulating)
  • Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
  • Hirsutism (increased facial and body hair)
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Weight gain or obesity, especially around the waist
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Dark brown or black patches of skin on face, neck and armpits
  • Skin tags in the armpits or neck area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sleep apnea (breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep)
  • Diagnosis & Treatment

    Diagnosis is made after a review of the patient’s medical history, blood tests, and an ultrasound to confirm the presence of cysts inside the ovaries. Blood tests include thyroid function tests, a lipid profile to determine the amount of cholesterol in the blood, and fasting glucose (before you eat) to check your blood sugar.

    PCOS is treated with lifestyle changes, diet changes and exercise. But when those methods fail, medications may be prescribed by your doctor.

    Patients are encouraged to limit carbohydrates and sugars in their diets, and to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise helps to lose weight and regulate hormones and blood sugar.

    Medications

    Your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to regulate your periods. Diabetes medication such as metformin (Glucophage) is prescribed to treat Insulin Resistance and to stabilize your blood sugar. Fertility medications help trigger ovulation.

    Surgery is usually the last resort when women don’t respond to fertility medications.

    Medications such as Spironolactone (Aldactone) and Progesterone are prescribed to block male androgens to treat acne and stop hair loss.

    Other treatments include creams to get rid of unwanted facial and body hair, and laser hair removal to keep new facial and body hair from growing.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More Info On the Web

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Womenshealth.gov

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – WebMD

    PCOS – Hormone Health Network

    DISCLAIMER

    Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following advice found on this blog.

    Photos are used for illustrative purposes only



    • aRoTh

      Yep. I know someone who has this. Why fo come we get THIS medical minute? :think: :huh:

    • Wasting time

      Thanks Sandra

    • User Friendly

      awww Wasting gravi :love: look at little Princess Blue :happy:

      who and what is this in that picture in the post tho? why she got lie bumps on her tongue? they black too so you know she be lying a lot! :smh:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      My lord …..

    • Rib of Chan

      Yep. I know someone who has this.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^
      @Aroth19 stepmother right?

      I know somebody who do too.

      That lady in 1st pic look like Trinidad James mama.

    • User Friendly

      Patients are encouraged to limit carbohydrates and sugars in their diets, and to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise helps to lose weight and regulate hormones and blood sugar.
      ___________________

      ladies yall need to stop being in that 90% before your teeth end up looking like a jack-o-lantern too :lolsign:

    • Wasting time

      @UF :hi: Morning!
      They (the hive, I assume) Lightened the pic :rofl:
      Her face was saying Bow Down B!tches

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :goodpost: Thanks !

    • sassyshe

      :waves: morning AJ morning all, didnt get to say hi below

    • aRoTh

      @Aroth19 stepmother right?
      ____________________________

      Yeah and no, but yeah. LOL

      We’ve labeled the “stepmother” the “step-DEDDY” SOLEY because of the lip and chest hairs.

      So YES Poverty Princess’s “stepDEDDY” has this, I assume. :tea: :rofl:

    • aRoTh

      your teeth end up looking like a jack-o-lantern
      __________________

      <——- has PERFECT (white) teeth. :grill: LMAOOO

    • A.J.

      It’s too early for this!! Good grief.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      I will NEVA FORGET being in preschool and after our preschool graduation some chile (It was not me) asked Jermaine mama why she had a mustache and Jermaine daddy didn’t have one :facepalm: :rofl:

    • Rib of Chan

      So YES Poverty Princess’s “stepDEDDY” has this, I assume.
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Ghul I was tryna be PC. I know we call her the stepdeddy. And Yeti…And…a few other things over the years… *trails OWF* :dead:

    • A.J.

      some chile (It was not me)
      _____________
      Uhn huh :lol:

    • lovezoe

      Did y’all see where someone in ferguson tweeted they had a friend on the grand jury and the friend said it wasn’t enough evidence to convict Darren Wilson.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5tyqEZaFHE Man, I just don’t care™

      I will NEVA FORGET being in preschool and after our preschool graduation some chile (It was not me) asked Jermaine mama why she had a mustache and Jermaine daddy didn’t have one
      ______________

      :facepalm: <<<Jermaine

    • buddapecan

      Auntie do a medical minute on fibroids and the best treatment options. Thanks!

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      Ok. So the picture tho. :hailnaw: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID THERE.
      Gone ahead and post my P O P Hold it down I love you mama story since you did this. That is a step up :rofl:
      Somebody, Anybody, Do I even need to read? I am going to have to switch to my :cell: cause I can’t have all that wolf poosay sitting up on that woman face on my computer when I expand it :no:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5tyqEZaFHE Man, I just don’t care™

      @LOVEZOE
      “Did y’all see where someone in ferguson tweeted they had a friend on the grand jury and the friend said it wasn’t enough evidence to convict Darren Wilson.”
      ________________

      :facepalm:
      I’m not surprised. I heard there was an investigation into jurors supposedly discussing the case.

      They only do “Grand Juries” when the prosecutor doesn’t really want to prosecute (see: John Crawford Wal-Mart case). So the prosecutor doesn’t even put a case together. Just puts a bunch of chit in front of the jury and let them piece it together. They never “have enough” in those situations.

      It was all done by design.

    • User Friendly

      so is someone trying to explain to us that the reason for why they look like they do is because of a medical condition and do they get a check for this? :tea:

      :think: trying to think of who might be this “non-classically attractive”. hmmmmm.

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @U maybe it is a loyal reader :shrugs: That’s why the eyes blacked out? Either way it is 2014 and nobody deserves to look like Rick Ross unsolicited. There are medical facilities and places to take care of this. You might have to see Ming Ling 3xs a week but it is worf it :rules:

    • San ah make ya dance

      It’s too early for this!! Good grief.
      ————–
      BOL… Spills tea :tea:

    • Wasting time

      I did the education on Steve and Paula!
      He said she is his friend and he don’t care what we say!
      Just leave Paula alone :no: Welp! :bye: Steve Harvey :bye:

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      I see by the time I got here everybody decided to leave so I got the message :warning: and you will not get me :kona:

    • User Friendly

      @U maybe it is a loyal reader
      ________________

      yeah, maybe. has anyone been called un-pretty lately? :think:

      :tea: <–really a energy bowl from Jamba Juice so I can keep my hormones and body hurrs in check and manage not to get sexually aggressive

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      yeah, maybe. has anyone been called un-pretty lately?
      ____________
      *Looks at my shoulders and my stalker face* Not real recently (runs off like ‘Nessa) :wails:

    • Hair Lova

      I too know somebody who might have this. She now has a full bread, where she has to shave VERY often. (I gagged) And her periods are irregular. it took her a minute to get pregnant and when she finally did, she kept having miscarriages. Until finally one stuck. Her facial hair started when we were in our early 20’s but it was just enough to pluck. Nowwwwww she grown man status!

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @Dub I heard you tried to quit us on the recaps :banned: YO U CAN NEVER QUIT ME :eek: I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE :blink: P O P HOLD IT DOWN :rules:

    • http://youtu.be/a8dHpVXioLA #TEAMTHIS Smack that bootay :shakebutt: puppylove

      Ok so I am just getting home from work and first I made the mistake of clicking on @MisTaken’s link then I come upstairs to this. I done got the hiccups trying not to laugh.

    • Locapoca

      You might have to see Ming Ling 3xs a week but it is worf it

      ^^^^^
      :cosign: The devil is a lie. I would be using wax, nair, electolysis, and everything I could thing of but I would not be running around with long curly pubs on my face :nono:

    • Beta

      My sister has this and her stomach is so big she looks pregnant

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @Pup :stop: Clicking on my link was NOT a mistake :eek: Everybody deserve to know about P O P, PIMP Squad, Donna Goodall and the church sissy that resemble Lebron smoking Virginia Slims that did NOT stab nobody :rules:
      Oh yea and Donna said she did NOT drive the getaway car :steer: cause she LEGALLY BLINE :cool:

    • User Friendly

      HairLova you just described this girl I used to know to a TEE! I havent seen her in a few years but she’s actually very pretty.

      Knowing her she would get electrolysis before she grew a beard tho. she wouldnt go for the Osama look :nono:

    • Hair Lova

      Beta omg my friend stomach has always been big too. And that’s before the kid. I think I’ma tell her about this, but ion want her to get offended and such…

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      Here Beta go with the comments and no emotes that make me struggle with whether to laugh or not :facepalm:

    • http://youtu.be/a8dHpVXioLA #TEAMTHIS Smack that bootay :shakebutt: puppylove

      Why I find it extra funny though cause my daddy just spent a night in jail cause him and his broad were :duel: I could so see him acting an azz just like this.

    • Hair Lova

      User yooo why my hg said her peoples asked her “So are you gonna shave anytime soon?” She said she was walking around the house looking like paul bunion. I’m like “Wtf you tryin to be mommy/daddy for your kid?” I’m amazed that it grows so full.

    • User Friendly

      Donna Goodall
      _________________

      :facepalm: I thought she was saying Good-O. pure foolishness. I was embarrassed for them. how you aint even good in the car yet and you crying & snitching & incriminating yourselves all-dam-ret! :no: they are going to jail forever. dumbasses.

    • http://youtu.be/a8dHpVXioLA #TEAMTHIS Smack that bootay :shakebutt: puppylove

      @MisTaken you know they gonna be on the first 48. Donna and the sissy was :smoke: so you know they snitched.

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      REAL TALK: I empathize with anyone who might suffer from this illness. That’s a lot to have to deal with. I pray they have proper medical coverage.
      OAN I just watched the video again and Donna was like I CANNOT SEE I AM LEGALL BLINE THAT’S MY STORY AND I’M STICKING TO IT :crying1:
      Didn’t nobody even challenge you bruh????? Who see look like? Mannir Fresh? A swole up Hurricane Chris?
      She said I can see :blink: BUR-LEE… I can see BURR-LEE :ghost:

    • User Friendly

      Hair Lova says:

      Beta omg my friend stomach has always been big too. And that’s before the kid. I think I’ma tell her about this, but ion want her to get offended and such…
      __________________

      Im sure she already knows. when you go to the OB/Gyn they ask about your period regularity and thats a sure sign right there. the girl I knew has had off balance testosterone since young.

    • Locapoca

      Beta omg my friend stomach has always been big too. And that’s before the kid. I think I’ma tell her about this, but ion want her to get offended and such…

      ^^^^
      Most women are very insecure about this issue and rightfully so. I know a girl who has facial hair . Hers is NOT this bad though. just like a few thick black hairs on her chin. We was getting ready for the club one night doing our makeup and she was tweezing and I call myself trying to help I looked over and saw that she had this long black hair she missed and I told her “you missed a hair under your chin” If you couldve saw the look she gave me. :phew: I know she wanted to straight :box: my azz. I felt so bad I was just like *gulp :oops:

    • http://youtu.be/a8dHpVXioLA #TEAMTHIS Smack that bootay :shakebutt: puppylove

      On a serious note I believed I had this as well. My periods became erratic. T would go 2-3 months without one. I FINALLY went tp the doc after almost a year. Thankfully I am ok, and don’t look like that chick up top. But too often women do not take care of themselves. KNOW YOUR BODY and seek help when something is not right.

    • aRoTh

      the prosecutor doesn’t really want to prosecute (see: John Crawford Wal-Mart case).
      ___________________________

      I feel like the 911 caller should be brought up on charges for INDUCING PANIC and making false reports/claims! :mad: He said Mr. Crawford was pointing the gun at ppl (we saw not ONE person run away in fear b/c a gun was being pointed/waved/brandished toward them). He also stated that he was “LOADING” the gun. If he picked it up off the shelf IN THE STORE (which we know the lying ass caller did not witness but the grand jury did/could have), was the ammo lying right next to it? I find it kind of hard to understand that he never mentioned that his other hand was up to his EAR the whole time b/c he was talking on a cell phone! :mad: RONALD RITCHEY (I think that’s what he kept repeating his name as) YOU NEED TO DIE!

    • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      I’m not FINST ta get disrespectful with none of ya’ll. I AIN’T STAB NOBODY :huh:
      @pup Donna gone snitch for some Wal-Mart reading glasses and the chance to see her mama :crying1:
      The church sissy gone snitch for some new Tina Knowles gear and a RUSH card
      WAYMENT :stop: How she gone say she was an innocent by stander but she was riding in the car? :rofl: I can’t stop watching this!! I find something new every time. Somebody come stop me.

    • Hair Lova

      User ion if she goes to the OB/GYN regularly tho. She sure as hell didn’t when we were younger, so ion if she does now. This has been going on forever. Every couple of months it’s coming, it’s not coming. Smh.

    • purplelover

      Thank you for the information.
      I know someone who has it, but your post helped me to understand it more!

    • aRoTh

      I thought she was saying Good-O.
      ________________________

      Me too.

    • lovezoe

      If Darren Wilson gets a no convict. Better bring back the National Guard.

    • Hair Lova

      Most women are very insecure about this issue and rightfully so. I know a girl who has facial hair . Hers is NOT this bad though. just like a few thick black hairs on her chin. We was getting ready for the club one night doing our makeup and she was tweezing and I call myself trying to help I looked over and saw that she had this long black hair she missed and I told her “you missed a hair under your chin” If you couldve saw the look she gave me. :phew: I know she wanted to straight :box: my azz. I felt so bad I was just like *gulp :oops:
      _______

      That’s one thing I can say about my hg, she’s not like that. We be joking and ish about her permanent bread… I’ve done tweezed her chin before too. so she’s not like that. I just don’t know how she would feel about me diagnosing her arse, lol.

    • Locapoca

      purplelover says:

      Thank you for the information.
      I know someone who has it, but your post helped me to understand it more!

      ^^^^
      Yes I used to think that a lot of abnormal facial hair in women was caused by all of the processed food and growth hormones thats in meat that we put in our bodies. I still think this could have some to do with it But This has helped me understand that it could be an actual medical condition going on with a woman as well.

    • Locapoca

      That’s one thing I can say about my hg, she’s not like that. We be joking and ish about her permanent bread… I’ve done tweezed her chin before too. so she’s not like that. I just don’t know how she would feel about me diagnosing her arse, lol.

      ^^^^^
      :lol: she will probably be ok since you two have that bond. You know how some females act like they dont have ANY flaws? Well thats how my hg acts. So I cant tell her azz nothin about this here article shed be ready to :karate:

    • User Friendly

      Hair Lova says:

      User ion if she goes to the OB/GYN regularly tho. She sure as hell didn’t when we were younger, so ion if she does now. This has been going on forever. Every couple of months it’s coming, it’s not coming. Smh.
      _______________

      she betta stop playing but then again they do be trying to Tuskeegee a nikka so I can understand the fear of doctors.

      I only go to big boned black female doctors that look like Oprah. My son has a black man for a pediatrician. you gots to be careful out here.

    • http://youtu.be/a8dHpVXioLA #TEAMTHIS Smack that bootay :shakebutt: puppylove

      @MisTaken click my likn. Mix it up a lil :shakebutt:

    • Locapoca

      :newpost:

    • Hair Lova

      she betta stop playing but then again they do be trying to Tuskeegee a nikka so I can understand the fear of doctors.

      I only go to big boned black female doctors that look like Oprah. My son has a black man for a pediatrician. you gots to be careful out here.
      ______

      Lmfaoooo @ Tuskeegee a nikka :hahaha: That’s true. I just went to see my PCP cuz my asthma was acting up. She gonna give me all this unneeded ish. Mr. like “You better take all that stuff.” Serve my dude, nah.
      User my first ob/gyn was a big boned black woman. I ain’t like her. She was scary. I was a young 19yr old girl and this lady was frighten. I got a big black man instead, lol. I like the men better than the woman.

    • User Friendly

      loca they have anonymous emails for that.

      its called No Offense or Anything. :yes:

      :warning: disclaimer: I have never used it and I think its to let coworkers know their bref stinks.

    • User Friendly

      I like the men better than the woman.
      _________________________

      lotta ppl say that. I had a black guy once but he was so mean and dismissive. found out later that he was going thru a divorce with his white wife. he was mean.

    • San ah make ya dance

      “you missed a hair under your chin” If you couldve saw the look she gave me. :phew: I know she wanted to straight :box: my azz. I felt so bad I was just like *gulp :oops:
      ————-
      I have a couple that I keep tweezed and bish tell me! Don’t have me going out looka like a man :blink: :thumbsup:

    • Carmez79

      I have suffered from PCOS ever since I turned 17. My periods disappeared. It took years for me to find a doctor (at 33) who was able to figure out why my periods were absent. I had a high prolactin level and took pills for months to level it out. I also went on to lose about 35lbs (194 to 159) and my periods returned. Prior to the weight loss, we were trying to get pregnant and nothing worked. I used clomid and injectables. A year after losing 35lbs and one cycle of clomid success. I conceived naturally prior but it was ectopic. Educating women on PCOS is very important. For years as a young woman I felt less than a woman because of no periods and never getting pregnant. When I was younger I was 130 and still no periods. I encourage everyone to see a reproductive endocrinologist if you believe you are suffering from this. He is the one that figured thing out when every gyn doc over the years just wanted to feed me birth control and never figure out the problem.