Even bearing in mind all these symptoms, there are a lot of myths that abound, some of which include:
- Women must have polycystic ovaries to be diagnosed with PCOS. This is not true. Some women’s pelvic scans show text-book perfect ovaries. However, hormone levels could indicate the presence of PCOS.
- Women with polycystic ovaries definitely have PCOS. This is another lie. Just because a woman has polycystic ovaries does not mean she does not produce mature eggs that can be fertilized.
- Women with PCOS cannot have children. Whether by managing it, or whether on cycles when a mature egg is produced, a woman with PCOS is well and able to have children.
- Women who have had children cannot have PCOS. PCOS has been known to develop later in some womenâs reproductive life, especially if the insulin resistance is as a result of environmental factors. So a woman might have had several years of fertility before the onset of PCOS.
- Hysterectomy cures PCOS. No, it does not. A hysterectomy will have little or no effect on your body’s insulin resistance.
- Birth control pills cure PCOS. They only help manage the condition, not cure it.
- If a woman doesn’t want to have children (or more children), she doesn’t have to worry about PCOS management. Infertility is perhaps one of the least serious effects of PCOS. With a higher risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer, PCOS management is critical!