Common Questions About PCOS
If you have any questions about PCOS, hopefully we can help answer them below. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about having PCOS. If you suspect you have PCOS, we always recommend talking to your doctor and getting diagnosed.
Is PCOS A Rare Condition?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may not be discussed much, but it’s actually a very common condition. For many women, it remains undiagnosed, and a lot of women don’t realise they have until they try to conceive (and struggle to get pregnant). Roughly 1 in 5 women have PCOS in the UK.
Is it important to get diagnosed early?
PCOS is underdiagnosed and undertreated, so if you recognise any of the symptoms in yourself, then it’s important to get yourself to the doctor. Whilst PCOS can’t be cured, it can be managed - and successful management of PCOS can help people minimise their symptoms.
Unmanaged PCOS is associated with type 2 diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, sleep apnea and depression.
Is there a cure for PCOS?
No, there is no known cure yet. But as we mentioned above, you can manage your PCOS symptoms, and your doctor can help you do this.
Can I catch PCOS from someone?
No, PCOS is not contagious and you can’t catch it from someone.
Do we know what causes PCOS?
No. It’s still not clear what the causes of PCOS are. It’s thought that genetics may play a part, but so can lifestyle and environment too.
Does everyone with PCOS have Polycystic Ovaries?
No. The cysts on your ovaries are a symptom of PCOS, rather than the direct cause. This means that not everyone with PCOS will necessarily have cysts, It varies from person to person.
Do you need to have an ultrasound to get diagnosed with PCOS?
Some doctors many want to conduct an ultrasound, others won’t. It will depend on your doctor and also the symptoms you are experiencing, and your medical and menstrual history. Sometimes a combination of various factors is enough to identify PCOS without the need of an ultrasound.
Are there non-medical things that can help with PCOS?
Yes absolutely. MyOva supplements are designed specifically for women with PCOS, and they are formulated to help combat the symptoms of PCOS. You can also improve your diet, and exercise more to help improve symptoms too.