September 19, 2022

More awareness, education needed to better treat polycystic ovary syndrome

By the time she was 15, Sarah Chambers knew something wasn’t right with her body.

“I was late getting my first period, I’d only have a couple a year, and I had facial hair, but I got told it was teenage hormones.”

So she waited, hoping the embarrassing symptoms would fade as she matured — but they didn’t. It wasn’t until, frustrated and pressing for more answers a few years later, the young Alberta woman first heard her doctor make passing mention of something called polycystic ovary syndrome.

The condition, PCOS for short, causes the ovaries to produce abnormally high levels of male hormones, which are usually present in women in only small amounts.

“The doctor said don’t worry about it, and didn’t explain (the condition) to me,” Chambers, now 32, recalls. “I was like, OK, and so I went home and Googled it and I started crying. Because it was me and everything I was dealing with.”

Read the full article on Folio.