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PCOS Awareness Month

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder that affects as many as 5 million women of reproductive age in the United States. September is PCOS Awareness Month, and more awareness means greater understanding for doctors, researchers and patients, creating better outcomes for all.

PCOS has no known cause, so it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods, excess androgen (a sex hormone present at higher levels in males) and ovarian cysts. PCOS can also lead to insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and fertility issues.

Throughout the month of September, Giddy will curate a selection of articles to illuminate the struggles of people living with this challenging condition.

First, we'll explore how some PCOS symptoms can be alleviated with lifestyle changes. We'll also talk about ways to test for the condition and debunk some myths about the connection between birth control and PCOS. Lastly, we'll hear from one woman about the reality of fertility difficulties associated with PCOS.

PCOS is commonly diagnosed but less commonly discussed. We hope the articles selected for this PCOS Awareness Month will help spread the word about this difficult condition and create greater understanding for all.

Lifestyle Adjustments Can Help You Manage Your PCOS
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex condition, but many of the symptoms are reversible.
Can You Test for PCOS at Home?
Diagnosing this common condition with a kit is likely too good to be true, experts warn.
Does Birth Control Cause PCOS?
Contrary to comments on social media, post-pill polycystic ovary syndrome is not a thing.
PCOS and Fertility: What to Know When Planning a Family
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a cause of infertility, but steps can be taken to mitigate effects.