||04-05-2013 07:08 AM
Originally Posted by lilbeetle
What is PCOS?
I've just had my first period since starting lc and the only difference I noticed was it was hard and fast. Normally it lasts five day. This time it was full on and over with in 3.
Sorry about TMI :)
PCOS is P
yndrome... and it's a royal pain in the butt :laugh:
If you Google it, lots of information comes up (despite the medical community itself not even knowing much about treatment beyond shoving birth control at you :annoyed:) but basically it can cause a whole slew of uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms in us women who have it... irregular periods, sometimes VERY heavy bleeding, cysts on the ovaries, excess facial hair growth, insulin resistance, a propensity to carry most of your weight around your midsection, rough/darker patches of skin, lower tone of voice from excess testosterone, female pattern balding... you name it, some of us probably have it :laugh:
Luckily if you have it, you likely won't have ALL the symptoms... you can even have it without actually having the cysts that the syndrome is named for. That's actually why they've been trying to change the name of it to something else, to clear up the confusion. I don't know how I feel about that personally because that's something I've identified with for so long (saying "I have PCOS") but if it helps to stop misinformation from spreading I guess it can only be a good thing. At least the medical community is giving a crap for a change! We usually get ignored :eek: