Myths and Facts About PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

Posted On Sep 16, 2022

Dr. Hemanandini Jayaraman

Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Old Airport Road - Bengaluru

Myths and facts about Polycystic ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. It may start early from puberty and continue for a long period. In this condition, ovaries become enlarged with small cysts on the outer edges, otherwise called Polycystic Ovaries. As a result, women with PCOS may experience irregular periods, acne, scanty menstrual flow, excess body hair, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, and an increase in male hormones (androgen).

Although the exact cause of PCOS remains unknown, it may be a result of genetic and lifestyle habits such as stress, poor sleeping schedule, obesity, inactivity, lack of nutrition in diet, and a trait of insulin resistance. Even though it has been a common problem, there are certain misconceptions and negligence attached when it comes to discussing PCOS. In this blog, we will discuss and debunk a few common myths that are associated with PCOS. Continue reading the blog and get better understanding of the Myths and Facts about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Busting Common Myths About PCOS

  • Myth 1: Only obese girls get affected by PCOS

It is partly true that weight gain is common in women with PCOS and it can get worse if a person is obese. Around 50% of all PCOS patients are obese. However, PCOS can affect women irrespective of their weight and shape. Other factors should also be considered other than obesity when diagnosing PCOS, particularly if there is a family history of the condition and lifestyle habits. Weight gain and PCOS are related because of the body's improper use of insulin, which can cause weight gain. So, starting a healthy diet and regular exercise is advised as a component of the majority of treatment plans for women.

  • Myth 2: Irregular periods mean PCOS

Well, not really. Although 2 out of 5 young women have irregular cycles which is a sign of PCOS, without examining, we cannot come to any conclusion just by calculating your menstrual cycle. Some PCOS-afflicted women experience a regular cycle every month. Yes, it is possible to have PCOS and regular periods. Periods can occasionally come on too frequently, several times per month, or for extended periods of time. Women who experience heavy bleeding may develop anaemia or low iron levels.

  • Myth 3: Hormonal treatment is harmful to the body

Contrary to this popular belief, hormonal medications are safe and effective when used in moderation, so there is no need for concern. By balancing your hormones, not only you can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer and get rid of acne, excess hair growth, and irregular bleeding, but it also increases your likelihood of conception. It is the go-to solution for women trying to get pregnant. Some women on hormone medications may experience vomiting, stomachache, nausea, diarrhea, etc. To get more clarity on the treatment, consult with our Gynaecologist in Old Airport Road, Bangalore.

  • Myth 4: Women diagnosed with PCOS can’t get pregnant

PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women, but that does not rule out the possibility of conceiving. It is possible to conceive and give birth with the help of hormones and fertility treatments that help stimulate ovulation and release eggs. 

  • Myth 5: Ovarian cysts are present in all PCOS-affected women

PCOS is often associated with cysts because of its name, but this is not true in all cases. Many women have tiny follicles in their ovaries that may appear to be small cysts but aren’t. They are not cancerous and cause no pain. But not all patients have follicles on their ovaries.

Awareness regarding PCOS may help bust these common misconceptions and empower these women to lead healthy lives. We must work together to assure people that it’s not rare to have PCOS anymore and that it has many treatable options that can provide good results. 

Dr. Hemanandini Jayaraman

Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Manipal Hospitals, Old airport road, Bangalore