38% of Lesbians Have PCOS: Be Aware of the Symptoms

by Dr. Andrea Lee

Are you a lesbian and suffering from irregular periods, or unexplained weight gain? You may have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Studies have shown that homosexual women are twice as likely as heterosexual women to develop Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) [1], the most common endocrine disorder amongst pre-menopausal women.

PCOS is often misdiagnosed. Many women waste years undergoing treatment for the wrong diagnosis, or simply wondering, “What is wrong with me?”

PCOS was cited by Reader’s Digest in the article “10 Diseases Doctors Miss Most” as one of the most commonly misdiagnosed diseases, often being mistaken for Cushing’s syndrome or Menopause.

It’s important to know the symptoms and to realize they can vary drastically from woman to woman. Not all women experience all of these symptoms.

  • Absent or irregular periods
  • Fatigue and lack of mental alertness
  • Acne
  • Skin Tags
  • Brown patches on the skin
  • Excess hair growth in unwanted places like the chin, chest, arms and abdomen
  • Hair loss and bald spots
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Thyroid problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Infertility

PCOS wreaks havoc on hormones: excessive amounts of insulin stimulate the ovaries to produce large amounts of testosterone. The underlying cause of PCOS is insulin resistance, a condition that can be reversed with diet and lifestyle changes.

Long term, PCOS can lead to serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and emotional and mental disorders.

If you feel you may be suffering from PCOS, take the PCOS online self-test. You can also post a question on my “Ask Dr. Andrea” column at http://pcos.insulitelabs.com/blog/index.php/ask-a-doctor/.

(1) Prevalence of polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome in lesbian women compared with heterosexual women. – Agrawal R, Sharma S, Bekir J, Conway G, Bailey J, Balen AH, Prelevic G., Fertil Steril. 2004 Nov;82(5):1352-7.

Next Steps

Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not easy, but you can overcome your PCOS symptoms to live the life you deserve.

It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created this website. It's has information and resources that will help you balance your hormones and reverse PCOS symptoms.

So take these next steps now! Use the links below to learn how to make the changes that will transform your health and your life forever.

  1. Read more about PCOS. Search our 1300 page PCOS library.
  2. Join our Facebook Group right now!  Pose your questions to this group of like-minded women and get the support you need.
  3. Take the PCOS Quiz! Get your PCOS score and assess your risk.  
  4. Learn more about the Insulite 5-Element PCOS Solution

 

Insulite Health, is committed to helping women reverse their symptoms of hormone imbalance. Scientific research has revealed that this imbalance can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Hormone Imbalance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, adult acne, unwanted facial hair, depression, anxiety, and heartbreaking female infertility.

©Insulite Health, Inc., pcos.com empowers women with PCOS to transform their lives through a process of healing with the 5-Element PCOS System – a complete solution for helping women reverse the symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance.