10 things that PCOS is NOT

It is NOT your fault. Anyone who says different is a lying liar who lies. Whilst we don’t know what causes PCOS, we do see early signs of it in young children. It may well be a condition you are born with, even though we won’t diagnose it until puberty and beyond.

It is NOT caused by being fat. Depending on which study you’re reading, up to half of people with PCOS are lean. It is associated with insulin resistance, which causes weight gain in some people. The degree of insulin resistance has nothing to do with a person’s weight either, because guess what? It’s far more complicated than that.

It is NOT going to get better with weight loss. Not in the long run. If anything, it will get worse because among other things, dieting can worsen insulin resistance once the regain process commences.

It is NOT the same for everyone. Some people have symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life and others are completely asymptomatic and only find out during a routine ultrasound.

It is NOT a complicated diagnosis to make and is predominantly based on the history. You only need to meet two of the three criteria for diagnosis, and blood tests and/or ultrasounds are often unnecessary.

It is NOT a fertility issue. Some people with PCOS will struggle to get pregnant, but many won’t. PCOS is a condition of hormones and the assumption that all people with ovaries wish to get pregnant reflects very poorly on the medical profession.

It is NOT just something that effects people during their reproductive years. The newest guidelines make it clear that PCOS can be considered a lifelong condition, which is a welcome relief for post-menopausal people whose treatment is being withdrawn.

It is NOT difficult to treat, although the evidence for treatment is limited. Doctors have a responsibility to discuss all your treatment options with you, including the benefits and risks of each one, before letting you decide for yourself what (if any) you want to try.

It is NOT something that can be ignored, especially in people who have less than 4 periods a year. Why? Because infrequent periods increase your chance of developing endometrial hyperplasia, which is a risk factor for cancer. Whilst the incidence of cancer remains low, this risk can be avoided with treatment. Doctors have a responsibility to discuss your options with you.

It is NOT a woman’s issue. PCOS affects anyone with ovaries, and some argue that it falls under the Intersex umbrella. 

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