Monday, October 22, 2012

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome aka PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is something that is gaining attention.  Why am I talking about it?  Because it affects your hair growth, both your lovely locks and the stubs that you wish would just go away.  It can make you lose your hair and it can make you grow hair in places that you shouldn't have hair like your face, chest, and back.

PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that can lead to a cyst on the ovaries, excess hair on the face, loss of hair on the scalp, infertility and the list goes on.  To find out more you can go to Women WebMD or just Google PCOS.  I am talking about it because hormones are what cause you to have thicker/more hair on your face, chest, and back.

PCOS is personal.  My sister was diagnosed with it and has struggled with it for years.  I found out at her recent baby shower that one of her friends also has it.  I was shocked to find out that two of the twenty or so women there knew that they had PCOS.  Hair is a good indicator of PCOS and if your hair pattern changes abruptly, please talk to your doctor about this as this might be an sign that your hormones are off balance.

My sister is also the one who introduced me to the PCOS Diva.  I have linked you to her Facebook Page because I love the information that she has on there.  Take a look even if you don't have PCOS as she has very inspiring quotes.

What I want people to take away from this post is PCOS awareness, but to also watch patterns in your body, especially hair.  It may seem just like age, but it might be the sign of something more.