PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. The name is misleading, because you can have PCOS without having ovarian cysts.
PCOS is a syndrome, which is a collection of symptoms. It always manifests in a sex hormone imbalance, but the symptoms are different for each woman. Common symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, difficulty getting pregnant, insulin and blood sugar problems, excess weight, acne, unwanted hair growth, hair loss, as well as other skin issues.
What causes PCOS?
There are different theories as to what causes PCOS. Genetics play a part, but lifestyle and environmental factors flip the PCOS switch. Some of these include:
- Environmental toxins that disrupt your hormones
- Blood sugar imbalances and insulin resistance that lead to sex hormone dysregulation
- Autoimmune causes
- Stress hormone imbalances that trigger sex hormone disruption
Find out more
You can find much more information about how to diagnose and treat PCOS on our LEARN MORE page. We describe this from a conventional viewpoint, as well as from a holistic Functional Medicine lens.
Do you have PCOS?
Qualified medical providers do a thorough workup to diagnose PCOS. This includes an ultrasound of your ovaries, and a blood test.
How do you know if you fit the criteria without getting an ultrasound or taking a blood test? You can start here by taking our private, self-scoring quiz.
We cannot officially diagnose you through a quiz, but your results can tell you how likely it is that you fall within this diagnosis.
If you do get a polycystic ovarian syndrome diagnosis, please investigate our program for reversing it! This program is called The PCOS SOLUTION.