Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is not a disease, PCOS is a metabolic and endocrine disorder that affects the body well beyond the ovaries.
The primary symptom is Failure to ovulate regularly. Failure to ovulate is why you are deficient in estradiol and progesterone and why you develop secondary PCOS symptoms such as:
An appearance of polycystic ovaries (as diagnosed with an ultrasound) means that you did not ovulate that month.
It does not explain why you did not ovulate, nor does it predict whether or not you will ovulate next month.
Polycystic ovaries are extremely common, many healthy women have the occasional ovarian cyst. Many women may also have an anovulatory cycle once or twice a year in which they do not ovulate and appear to have polycystic ovaries. There are many people who have PCOS but not polycystic ovaries and some have polycystic ovaries but do not have PCOS
Three types of PCOS are on board:
It’ s the most common type of PCOS.High insulin levels stop ovulation in its tracks, causing the following symptoms
You might have been told that you are borderline diabetic, or you had an abnormal glucose tolerance test.
This kind of PCOS that can be seen in women who are not overweight, but normal weight or even underweight, and don’ t feel they have any of the classic symptoms of PCOS
Key mineral and vitamin levels to test include: vitamin D, selenium, iodine, magnesium and zinc.
This kind of PCOS is common for women who have been on the pill or other hormonal birth control
The people who doesn’ t meet any of the criteria for the first three types of PCOS, but their ovulation is blocking, this type of PCOS resolves very quickly, usually within 3 - 4 months.