PCOS vs Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

So, what is PCOS exactly?

  • irregular or absent periods (amenorrhea) — which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation) and can lead to issues with fertility
  • excess androgen — high levels of “male” hormones in your body (shown through blood work), which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair
  • polycystic ovaries — your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS)

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

  • irregular periods or no periods at all
  • difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate
  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) — usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head
  • oily skin or acne
  • Poor sleep

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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Yasmine Say

Yasmine Say

Founder of Say Fitness Personal Training. #PersonalTrainer, STOTT Pilates Instructor and Mobility Coach. www.sayfitnesspt.com @sayfitnesspt