PCOS affects millions of women in U.S.

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 6:01 PM

NORFOLK--It's called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, a condition that affects a woman's hormone levels, periods and ovulation and is the most common cause of infertility.

The government says as many as 5 million women in the U.S. may be affected and it can occur in girls as young as 11 years old.

Many women have the symptoms but don't know they have PCOS until they try to get pregnant.

Becky Miller was puzzled why she''d gained nearly 30 pounds in two months when she hadn't changed her diet. She also had sugar cravings, was growing hair and getting acne on her face.

PCOS takes your carbs and spikes insulin, which increases male hormones. That causes your ovaries produce cysts or follices that contain no eggs.

She says it took a year for doctors to diagnose her problem.  She removed sugar and hormone-laced dairy products from her diet.  She also uses products that help regulate her hormone levels.

Now, she's dropped the weight and is ovulating every month.

"It is regular to the day, which has never, ever happened in my entire life and that was just through food," she said.

There's a PCOS support meeting at Panera at 2170 Coliseum Drive in Hampton on October 14 at 3:00 p.m.

 

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