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What is PCOS? (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

By The Honey Pot Company

What is PCOS? (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

If you are experiencing acne, unwanted body hair, weight gain, irregular periods and darkened skin on the neck/armpits you may think that you are suffering with something alone, but these are in fact some of the most common symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, often shortened to PCOS. With PCOS, your ovaries might not be functioning properly as they will be enlarged and often have small cysts on them. Caused by a hormonal imbalance, PCOS affects women of childbearing age, with symptoms usually worse in those that are overweight.

While doctors don’t know the exact reasons some women develop it, you are more likely to have it if your mother or sister does. It’s important to see a doctor as soon as you develop these symptoms. Left untreated, PCOS can also lead to infertility, early menopause, type 2 diabetes, endometrial cancer and more health complications.

In most cases, a hormonal birth control is prescribed to regulate periods and manage symptoms. Other procedures are available for fertility if you are hoping to become pregnant as well as hair removal treatments if PCOS has caused a lot of unwanted hair growth. Our herbal menstrual pads can be used during your periods to offer a healing blend of oils to help relieve heavy bleeding and cramping. We recommend keeping our soothing body balm on-hand to calm cramps and pain with hemp and magnesium.

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