Still Suffering from PCOS but No Symptoms?
by Kaveri Bhar
I am Kaveri Bhar, 23 yr old. It was Jan 2010 when I found that I have PCOS (mild).
The doctor put me on the birth control pills. But I do not want to listen to her. I searched all over the Internet.
Actually I do not have any symptoms of PCOS. That's why it was shocking to believe it.
I wanted to cure it naturally. So I stopped the pills. I changed my diet, started going to gym and practiced yoga.
So 6 months go by and I had no problem with my periods. It only on July that I missed it. So I am worried and trying to guess what's wrong? Hope to cure it some day sooner.
Editor's comments: What is your doctor's definition of "polycystic ovary syndrome"? This syndrome is a complex group of signs and symptoms, with a lot of variability among women. PCOS is not especially well understood by physicians. Not everyone agrees on which symptoms are PCOS and which are not.
Some symptoms of the syndrome are acne, hirsutism, hair loss, infertility, weight gain, autoimmune thyroid disease, insulin resistance, acanthosis nigricans, hypertension, polycystic ovaries, impaired lung function, sleep apnea, fatty liver degeneration, elevated blood fats, estrogen dominance, lack of ovulation, irregular periods, blood sugar dysregulation, and multiple other hormone disorders.
So always ask your doctor, "How do you know I have PCOS?" and "What is your definition of it?"
The problem is that you can ask two different doctors and get two different answers.
Maybe you have polycystic ovaries but not polycystic ovary syndrome. Big difference.
In the case of polycystic ovaries, the ovaries are larger than normal, and there are a series of undeveloped follicles that appear in clumps, somewhat like a bunch of grapes. Polycystic ovaries are not especially troublesome and may not even affect your fertility.
So you can have polycystic ovaries without having PCOS. However, nearly all women with PCOS will have polycystic ovaries.
Meanwhile, don't obsess about it unless there is a good reason to be worried. You are doing the right things. A healthier diet, exercise and lifestyle are excellent long term methods to reduce PCOS, ovarian cysts or polycystic ovaries. And they have no side effects!