It’s no secret that I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). I think I started having it since poly in 1998. My monthly cycle has never been regular. There were times I would not have any cycle for as long as 6 mths to 9 mths. This is where my mum would go… “WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING!!!!” hehheheh Well at that point of time, I would rejoice when it didn’t come coz I didn’t have to worry about the cramps, changing of pads, overflow, facial breakouts, etc. But when it does come, it’s…. no words could describe the pain. I would curl up like a prawn and pop multiple synflex to subdue the pain. The cycle would last btwn 3 days to (the worst) 2 weeks of heavy flow. But now, susah sendiri…. :/
Here’s a rough overview of what PCOS is.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone (endocrine) disorder that affects women of reproductive age.
It is characterized by lack of ovulation; menstrual abnormalities, such as irregularity or absence of menstruation (amenorrhea); infertility; pregnancy loss; enlarged ovaries; obesity; blood cholesterol (lipid) abnormalities; and abnormalities in the production and metabolism of male hormones (androgens). Increased levels of luteinizing hormone and decreased levels of follicle-stimulating hormone also occur. Estrogen production does not occur in the normal cycle pattern. The syndrome is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility. Usually there is no well-defined cause of the androgen abnormalities.
Risk: PCOS affects women of reproductive age. The underlying cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown, but it is likely a result of multifactorial elements. The key features include insulin resistance, male hormone (androgen) abnormalities, and abnormal hormone dynamics that affect the function of the ovaries.