PCOS Myths

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Even bearing in mind all these symptoms, there are a lot of myths that abound, some of which include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Women who have had children cannot have PCOS. PCOS has been known to develop later in some women’s 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.
  5. Hysterectomy cures PCOS. No, it does not. A hysterectomy will have little or no effect on your body’s insulin resistance.
  6. Birth control pills cure PCOS. They only help manage the condition, not cure it.
  7. 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!