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My Life with PCOS

Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder that affects over 10% of women in the United States. This disorder is one that I've struggled with for over two decades.  Over the years I've learned a few tricks to help me battle my symptoms but not many people understand what PCOS is or how it affects me.

They symptoms of PCOS are many and not all women experience them all:

Hair loss from your scalp and/or hair growth (hirsutism) in unexpected places.Oily skin and acne problems.Infertility (ovulation problems) or repeat miscarriages.Weight gain, especially around your waist.Depression and/or mood swings.Irregular menstrual periods (or lack thereof)Excess androgen levels.Sleep apnea.High stress levels.High blood pressure.Skin tags.Infertility.Acne, oily skin, and dandruff.

I've experienced all of them at different times in my life.  I silently suffer and rarely talk about it because it's emotionally exhausting and often painf…

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