Did you know September was Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that can affect 1 in 10 teen girls and young women. We aren’t sure what causes PCOS, but we know that those with PCOS experience either missed, irregular, frequent or heavy periods. Other symptoms can also include difficulty becoming pregnant, pelvic pain, increased acne, hair loss, or increased hair growth on their face.
While there is no test for PCOS, and a diagnosis may be difficult to receive, there are things you can do to reduce the symptoms of PCOS and support your teen. Dr. Rosheen Grady answers frequently asked questions about PCOS and mentions that there are hormonal pills, which can also be used for birth control, which can be taken to improve these hormonal imbalances. There are even diet and lifestyle changes that can be made!
A parent, Molly Shulman, has experience with her daughter being diagnosed with PCOS and writes about her daughter’s journey. Understanding why these symptoms occur can be difficult, and it is important to consult a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. Her message to parents and caregivers of teen girls is, “Be very proactive in your child’s health. If one doctor doesn’t help you, find another. Your instinct as a parent is invaluable. Keep a detailed health history. Do not give up. There is wonderful help out there.”
To view Dr. Rosheen Grady’s frequently asked questions about PCOS, click here: https://parentsaretalking.com/polycystic-ovary-syndrome/
For Molly Shulman’s experience with a PCOS diagnosis for her daughter, click here: