PCOS: PCOS Diagnosis – Now What?
weight loss with pcos

weight loss with pcos

So, you’re the 1 woman in the 10 that has been diagnosed with PCOS. Or maybe you think you’re among the 5-10% of women who are living with it or just want to know about your health risks as a woman. We’ve heard it’s common, but what does it really mean to live with PCOS in our day-to-day lives? Let’s break it down.


PCOS Causes

Let’s start with the what: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s a health issue caused by imbalanced reproductive hormones. While the exact cause of it is unknown, it essentially means two things are happening in your body:


  • Hormonal Imbalance

Your hormones (which regulate your body’s processes) being imbalanced in this case creates problems in the ovaries. Our ovaries make our eggs that are released each month to create our menstrual cycle. However, when hormones are imbalanced, there could be trouble with the development of these eggs or they could not be released during the right time (ovulation.) 


What symptoms does this cause?


    • Irregular period

While there are many likely PCOS symptoms that can be caused by a hormonal imbalance (like acne or excessive hair growth,) the biggest symptom of this hormonal imbalance is an irregular period. AKA your ovaries are not releasing an egg during ovulation, but at more random times. 

    • PCOS and Fertility

Because of this irregular cycle, PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. However, it’s important to note that it’s totally treatable. By working with your doctor on the right solutions for you to get back on track with your ovulation, getting pregnant is entirely possible living with PCOS.

    • Anxiety 

It would be irresponsible not to mention that an imbalance in hormones can also lead to mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Considering the fact that most women discover that they have PCOS when experiencing trouble getting pregnant, it makes sense that these issues could arise. It’s important to check with your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing and talk openly about your mental state with your doctor and/or those you feel comfortable with. 


  • Metabolism

PCOS also likely means there are issues with your metabolism AKA our body’s process that turns food into energy. This can cause weight gain or cause you to have trouble losing weight. However, reaching a healthy weight for your body is still entirely possible with PCOS and leading a healthy lifestyle will even improve your symptoms.


So, what are the takeaways of living a life with PCOS? Simply that you can do it. Many women do it day in and day out and lead a great life while managing their symptoms. Life after a PCOS diagnosis can and should be a healthy life.