When it comes to black women and our gynecological health, we are educated about fibroids, endometriosis, sexually transmitted infections, and female-related cancers. But what about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?!
1 in 10 women is affected by this hormonal disorder. It may be the reason for your irregular periods. It might be the catalyst for your excessive facial hair. It could be why you’re having such a hard time conceiving. Perhaps it’s the source of your mood swings. Maybe it’s the reason that you are more successful at gaining weight than you are at losing it. No two cysters are alike. Some women have multiple symptoms while others may only have a few.
Diagnosing PCOS includes a pelvic exam (to check your reproductive organs for any masses or abnormalities), bloodwork (to check your hormone levels), and a pelvic ultrasound (to look for ovarian cysts). Once confirmed, you and your health care provider can work together to determine your management plan for living with PCOS.
So ask yourself: Am I one of them? Am I 1 in 10? If you don’t know, now is the perfect time to find out.
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