As if having PCOS and all these symptoms isn’t bad enough I have to deal with other potential health problems?
I know, I know, sometimes it just doesn’t seem fair, but knowing the risks and potential issues that can arise as a result of having PCOS is half the battle…knowledge is key…and the more you know, the better equipped to deal with this you can be!
I must state that these are POTENTIAL problems that are often found in women with PCOS; this doesn’t mean that you will most definitely have them, or that you are doomed by any means…it simply means that as a woman with PCOS you have an increased chance of the following health issues as you go through life:
- Problems with fertility: As previously mentioned [link back to page] Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common causes of female infertility and many women struggle to conceive (although there are women who successfully conceive with the condition).
- Cardiovascular disease: Women with PCOS are at increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure/hypertension and high blood cholesterol levels – it is these conditions that can cause a stroke or heart disease…the risk of developing these is increased due to the insulin resistance, weight gain and hormonal imbalances inherent with PCOS.
- Endometrial cancer: Due to absent or irregular periods (less than 4 a year) for an extended period of time women with PCOS are at risk (an above average risk) of developing endometrial cancer (cancer of the womb lining). I must emphasise that the chance of getting endometrial cancer because of your PCOS is still rare…the risk of this can be minimised by treatment to regulate periods – this usually comes in the form of IUD or contraceptive pills from you GP or specialist.
- Type 2 Diabetes: Due to the insulin resistance that comes with PCOS we also have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (or non-insulin-dependent diabetes)…this can happen to women who are of any shape and size. This type of diabetes occurs because there is too much glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream, if untreated this can damage your organs…the best way to reduce this risk is by improving insulin resistance through fitness, losing weight and healthy diet…sometimes doctors will prescribe metformin [link through to cures page] to assist with insulin-sensitising your body.