The anxiety of living with PCOS

PCOS is a tricky syndrome to live with. It preys on your mind even when you aren’t thinking about it from day to day, and it makes you worry. When I was first diagnosed, I wasn’t that concerned, because the way the gynaecologist put it to me was that it was a very common and…

Postpartum with PCOS

What happens to your PCOS after you have a baby? I’ve been wondering about this and doing a little research on it for awhile now. From what I have read, it seems to vary widely from one woman to the next. I will share a few of the things I have noticed personally during this…

I’m going bald!

It is one of the greatest ironies of living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that I can grow a glorious moustache and stubble, yet the hair on my head barely covers my scalp. I have always had fine hair, partly due to genetics. There have been times when it has gotten worse due to hard water,…

Getting pregnant with PCOS: Metformin

Metformin is the most commonly used medicine in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. In order to understand why a diabetes drug is used to treat PCOS, we first need to understand a few basics.  Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas. It signals the fat, liver and muscle cells (peripheral tissues) to absorb glucose in the…

Get out of here (hair)!

In the previous post, we had a look at the reasons why there is excessive facial and body hair in women with PCOS. Today, we will deal with the important aspect of how to get rid of it! Hair removal can be of two types: temporary or permanent. In this post, I will cover just…

The hairy tales of PCOS

  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) seems to dole out varying sets of symptoms to every woman it affects. Irregular periods is the common complaint along with acne or oily skin, increase in body weight, excessive facial hair. skin tags and sometimes even type II diabetes. Since I hit puberty, I have been battling with excessive body…