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5 Common Myths About PCOS—Debunked

Shreya Maji

5 min read

Different people have varied experiences with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), but there are a few baseless myths and assumptions that are commonly assumed. An ob-gyn reveals the truth behind some of these myths for you.

September marks the PCOS Awareness Month worldwide. PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a metabolic, endocrine and reproductive disorder that affects a woman’s hormone levels. The hormonal imbalance interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation), which can lead to missed or irregular periods, as well as other symptoms like weight gain, insulin resistance, excess facial and body hair growth, and hair loss. This condition affects 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age, yet at least 50 percent of women remain undiagnosed as the diagnostic criteria is very broad and debated amongst medical professionals even now, and the symptoms are often attributed to other conditions, or go unnoticed.

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