The month of September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, awareness month. This common hormonal condition that causes the overproduction of androgens (or male hormones) in women causes havoc in the female body—messing with the menstrual cycle (causing irregular periods), causing the development of cysts in the ovaries, impacting cardiovascular health, causing hair and skin issues, and making it rather difficult to conceive (as androgen levels affect ovulation and egg release).
Here are ten fast facts about PCOS…
1. How Many Women Are Affected by PCOS?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, roughly one in 20 women in their childbearing years and one in 10 women as young as 11-years of age are affected by PCOS—with an estimate total of 5 million women in the U.S. affected overall.