September is PCOS Awareness Month

The month of September🍂 is dedicated to raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Also known as the “perfect hormonal storm,” PCOS is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women and involves irregular function of the ovaries.

PCOS is caused by an imbalance in the hormones (chemical messengers) in your brain and your ovaries, and it usually happens when a hormone called LH (from the pituitary gland) or levels of insulin (from the pancreas) are too high, which then causes the ovaries to make extra amounts of testosterone.

Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome isn’t well understood, but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

If you feel like you may be experiencing these symptoms, consult your gynecologist or primary care provider. Lab tests and imaging can be used to help determine if you have PCOS and which treatment may be right for you.🌸

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