What type of PCOS do I have?
It’s one of the most common conditions that my patients come to me with. In fact, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in every 10 women in the US.
PCOS is a condition that affects women’s hormone levels.
Most women actually diagnosed with PCOS are made to believe that all PCOS looks and presents itself the same in every woman. That is to say: you either have PCOS or you don’t have it. There are no variations and no in betweens.
I don’t think that’s true.
PCOS can show up differently for each woman affected. This idea of a ‘single type’ means that women whose symptoms don’t present in the ‘typical’ way may find it harder to receive a formal diagnosis.
What are the four main signs of PCOS?
The four key symptoms of PCOS that are important to recognize. Though they can be clear indicators that someone has PCOS, they are not defining factors; some women may have ALL of these symptoms whereas others may only have 1, 2 or 3 of them.
- Irregular cycle
- Increased androgens (male hormones)
- Excess hair growth
- Polycystic ovaries
Despite these four main areas, I think there is around 10 variations of this condition which can be minimalized into these four main types/ categories.
It’s important to know which type of of PCOS you have because it will determine your treatment. For example, I would treat a patient who has all four PCOS types differently to how I would treat a patient who has two.
Treatment plans and protocols can massively vary depending on the individual case and how PCOS is affecting your body. (It’s important to work with a professional who can provide the one on one care and attention you need if you’re diagnosed with PCOS and struggling to conceive).
If you suspect you could have PCOS, testing is super important! There is no one single test that can determine whether or not you have PCOS and which of the variations you fall under.
You will likely need to have blood tests and hormonal testing. Your fertility specialist will look into your levels of Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), Luteinizing hormone (LH), Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and more to help determine which type of PCOS you have.
Blood sugar dysregulation is pervasive and underlying in ALL variations – this means that no matter which type of PCOS you have you’ll almost certainly have issues with your blood sugar levels.
Need help taking care of your PCOS symptoms? Having PCOS can sometimes make it more difficult or cause it to take longer for couples to conceive.
This is because there can be conflicting advice or a lack of proper information for women with PCOS on what they can be doing themselves to relieve their PCOS symptoms and take back control of their bodies despite having the condition.
You don’t need to be a doctor to treat yourself successfully with PCOS – you just need access to the right information and a step-by-step guide on how you can find balance and empower your fertility as a PCOS warrior.
Does any of this sound familiar…
- You want to understand how your body works & yourself as a woman.
- You can’t wait to regulate your weight, skin & hair problems. You are thinking about getting pregnant naturally.
- You are ready to take action and control your PCOS for life!