September is PCOS Awareness Month which helps bring attention to women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Did you know about 7 million women in the U.S. have PCOS? PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility and afflicts nearly 5-10% of women of childbearing age. Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular or missing periods, anovulation, an inability to lose weight and facial hair growth, however, PCOS is a collection of symptoms and can look very different in different women. Many of the women I see at Pulling Down the Moon are actually within their ideal weight range and have few of the classic symptoms of PCOS. Check out this past blog I wrote titled The Many Faces of PCOS .
Nutrition can greatly impact and help to manage PCOS – even the atypical case of PCOS can benefit from a diet which helps with blood sugar regulation and nutrients that help with insulin sensitivity. While there is no known cause of PCOS, there are some identified factors which may be contributing to PCOS. In my next post, I’ll look at some of these factors that have been connected to PCOS such as thyroid disease, insulin resistance, hormonal imbalances and genetic causes – and discuss in more detail. Stay tuned.