If you've found S'moo, chances are you have some knowledge of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This hormonal imbalance affects women all over the world, and is often diagnosed later in life when a couple finds they aren't able to get pregnant. Which means most of these women are dealing with hormone imbalances that are causing mild to extreme side affects since puberty! Which is why we are here to help you find the information you need to self identify these symptoms and find a solution.
So, what are the signs you might be suffering from PCOS?
Irregular Periods - They might not come according to a regular schedule, or they get skipped completely because the you haven't ovulated that month.
Weight Gain - Around 50% of women with PCOS are obese or struggle with their weight.
Fatigue, Tiredness - Fatigue can be described as feeling run down and tired even after you have rested and not been exerting yourself strenuously.
Sleep Disorders - Many women with PCOS report sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea.
Mood Changes - PCOS increases the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety. It could be from tiredness due to lack of sleep, and/or it could be hormones. If you noticed your moods tend to be like a rollercoaster, especially at certain stages of your cycle, it could be PCOS.
Headaches - Hormonal changes can trigger headaches, and in particular, migraine headaches. Migraines can be so severe that the person is unable to function. Far more women than men suffer from migraines, so we are pretty certain they are hormonally linked.
Hairiness (Hirsutism) - Women with hormonal imbalances such as PCOS will often grow excess body hair - including legs, arms, underarms, and even back, chest, belly, fingers and toes. The most frustrating, normally being the excess facial hair.
Thinning Hair on the Head - Women with PCOS can start to lose their hair in a similar manner to men.
Acne and Other Skin Changes - Everyone gets pimples so this is a hard symptom to judge with unless it is paired with other symptoms but whether or not you have PCOS, S'moo has been helping women with their acne.
Abdominal Bloating and Pelvic Pain - This is normally caused by Endometriosis which occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body, like the ovaries, bowel, rectum, bladder and pelvic area. This can also result in pain during or following sexual intercourse and pain in the lower abdomen before and during menstruation.
Infertility - Like I mentioned at the beginning, this is the main reason women find out they have PCOS because PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. Though it's important to remember that not every woman with PCOS will have an issue getting pregnant and rebalancing your hormones is the solution!
Keep coming back for the latest information on your body and regulating your hormones. Whether or not you have PCOS, you will still go through hormone imbalances and it's important to keep up with your health, exercise and maintaining great eating habits!