What is PCOS?
PCOS (or polycystic ovary syndrome) is a hormonal imbalance that is caused by the ovaries creating excess male hormones (androgens). Many women experience PCOS, which is often caused by chronic stress and/or overweightedness. Both of these cause insulin resistance, which then stimulates the ovaries to produce male hormones, producing symptoms such as irregular or no periods, excess facial and body hair, sugar cravings, hair loss and difficulty becoming pregnant. Having PCOS does not mean you cannot get pregnant, as PCOS is a treatable cause of infertility. Treatments for PCOS are often non-hormonal and differ depending on each case.