Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month is dedicated to a serious, dangerous disease that needs to be talked about. According to statistics, one fifth of women aged 18 to 45 are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Unfortunately, there is still no treatment that would guarantee a complete recovery for all patients, but timely access to doctors will help avoid complications such as diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and endometrium. The more a person knows about the disease, the closer they are to understanding how to deal with it.
In 1721, the first case of polycystic ovary syndrome was reported. The case was described by the Italian scientist Antonio Vallisneri. In America, the disease was first officially described by gynecologists Irving F. Stein Sr., as well as Mackl L. Leventhal. It happened in 1935. Half a century later, at a conference dedicated to PCOS, methods for diagnosing the disease were proposed, which are still used today. In 2010, the disease spread at increasing speed – more than 116 million women with this diagnosis are registered in the world. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month has the important mission of educating women about this issue, the possible treatments, and advances in research.
Causes of the disease
- Excess insulin in the body. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, sugar levels rise, so the body synthesizes more insulin, resulting in increased production of androgens, and this leads to difficulties with ovulation.
- Inflammatory processes. Doctors call one of the causes of PCOS sluggish inflammation, when the ovaries synthesize androgens, and this affects the state of the vessels and the working of the heart.
- Excess androgens. When a large amount of androgen is synthesized in the ovaries, this leads not only to PCOS but also to acne and other diseases.
- Genetics. As a result of research, scientists have proven certain genes in the human body are capable of causing PCOS.
- Unknown reasons. Unfortunately, there are cases where doctors cannot determine the cause of PCOS.
How to join Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month
Unfortunately, people do not like to talk about this disease and are embarrassed to talk about it, but it is the silence that leads to disastrous consequences. Talk about polycystic ovary syndrome with your gynecologist and your girlfriends. Don’t leave the problem unattended. Make sure you don’t have symptoms of the illness – irregular periods, acne, hair loss, excess weight, and diabetes. If you have symptoms, visit a doctor and get tested.
When is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month celebrated in 2023?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month is observed on September 1 each year.