September marks PCOS awareness month, a condition that impacts many

One in about ten women have to deal with the symptoms of PCOS.

“I had irregular periods since I could remember but I just didn’t know,” Jessica Attaway is just one of many who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. A condition more common than you’d think.

“Overall it effects about 7 percent of women. So, we end up seeing about one to two new consults a week for patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,” Dr. Alyssa Rutan with Bryan Health said.

That’s about one in ten women that have to deal with a number of symptoms. Including irregular menstrual cycles, but the symptoms don’t stop there.

“Acne, thick dark hair growth or male pattern balding,” Dr. Rutan said of the symptoms.

On top of that, for women who are over weight, they are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Which means maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important.

One of the toughest things many women with PCOS have to deal with is infertility. Something Attaway dealt with for ten years.

“It’s really difficult, I actually went on to adopt. So, I adopted my son but its’ so difficult because you really have to try, which is really really hard on a lot of us,” Attaway said.

While it’s still possible for women with PCOS to get pregnant, many still struggle. There is no cure for the condition, only ways to manage symptoms like taking birth control to regulate periods.

Though finding out you have PCOS can be overwhelming, Attaway says the best thing to do is find a good doctor and people who can support you.

“Find a support group because it means a lot to have someone who says, yep that’s me too,” Attaway said.

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