Have you ever seen a person with hair on their
faces, dark spots, and acne? These could be surface symptoms of a disorder called PCOS.
They are just the surface though, there’s so much more going on on the inside. All of which, by the way, affect feeling sexy
and being sexual. PCOS. The longer name is polycystic ovary
syndrome, or ovarian syndrome. You probably recognize the word ovary: referring
to the small organ, here and another one here, that tend to release an egg every month as
part of menstruation? One of the things that can happen for people
with PCOS is that an egg isn’t released. Instead the maturing eggs line up in the ovaries
but none of them burst out. None of them dissolve. They just hang out like little evil ovary
zits. Painful little beads of fluid we call cysts. Poly/cystic/ ovaries! Now, lots of people get cysts. You could have
one in your ovary right now, your arm, your foot, or butt; you can get them in all sorts
of places on the body. The difference with PCOS is that there are
usually more of them, more often, in the ovaries and there are other symptoms going on at the
same time which mark this problem as a syndrome…. A collection of specific symptoms. Another symptom is irregular periods, or none
at all. As in periods that last more than 32 days.
or periods that just don’t show up for four months or longer! Then there’s skin tags, dark marks called
Acanthosis nigricans, oily skin and dandruff. People with PCOS tend to have high levels
of androgen. Androgen, which is considered the male hormone.
In a biosex female body, excess androgen causes hair to thin here but grow ambitiously here.
In all these places (face, thigh, chest, buttocks, shoulders, backs).
It also causes acne, significant weight gain, and trouble with ovulation.
As in maybe inability to conceive kids. It doesn’t feel good! Physically but also
emotionally. People with PCOS probably want smooth skin
and to run around and flirt and not feel judged. They’d probably even like to have their
periods—because at least it’d feel more normal. So how do I know if I have PCOS?
A doctor reviews your medical history, and does a physical and pelvic exam, blood testing,
and checklist of PCOS symptoms. It affects about 10% of biosex females. Can it be cured?
No but it can be treated. Diet is has a huge impact on the disorder
especially when it’s partnered with exercise. There are lots of blogs and books on PCOS
nutrition and fitness along with success stories from their readers.
There are also medications to organize hormones and tell that period who’s boss. And if it goes untreated… PCOS is still somewhat of a mystery. We don’t
know for sure what causes it or exactly how all the symptoms relate to each other. We
do know is that there are much higher frequencies of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, stroke,
infertility, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and cholesterol with PCOS
than without it. And don’t forget sexual dissatisfaction! Yes, while some people with PCOS don’t have
cysts, some become diabetic, and others end up pregnant, one thing is pretty consistent:
sexual challenges. Whether it is because of the chronic pain,
altered body image, low self-esteem, or association with the reproductive system being a butthead,
sex is a reported hardship for people with PCOS. Research published in Seminars of Reproductive
Medicine by Janseen and colleagues describes, PCOS patients as significantly less satisfied
with their sex lives and sexual appearances. Less satisfied but not hopeless. Stay curious! Halloween is quickly approaching and I have
a great costume idea for you. You could be a clitoral hood just like the one from this
Sexplanations video. This original costume is going to be going on Ebay to raise money
for PCOS. Cause why not?