What is PCOS?
There are things every woman needs to know about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a hormonal imbalance that affects one in 10 pre-menopausal women in the United States, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s one of the most common hormonal disorders in the developed world,” says nutritionist Janine Whiteson, MS, based in New York City. PCOS comes from an overproduction of male hormones or androgens that a woman’s ovaries naturally produce. This excess androgen secretion is responsible for most PCOS symptoms. Unfortunately, just because it’s a common affliction doesn’t mean the symptoms are easy to manage, so you’ll want to make sure you’re following a PCOS diet.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Women with PCOS have higher-than-normal levels of androgens, which can wreak havoc with your overall system. PCOS has been associated with serious health effects, according to the CDC—including heart conditions, infertility, increased risk of diabetes, skin issues (like acne), hair thinning, and obesity. Here are other reasons your hair might be falling out.