Some medical conditions have the potential to change your life, and once diagnosed, you will naturally want to learn as much as possible about them. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an excellent example. Women with PCOS have problems with hormonal imbalance and metabolism, which can affect their health. This condition is common dec women of reproductive age and can include symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, acne, hair thinning, and weight gain. In this article, we will dispel five myths about PCOS.

Myth 1: You Did Something to Cause It

Although the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, one thing is for sure: you are not to blame. However, it is believed that various factors, including genetics, play a role. Androgens, or male hormones, control the development of male characteristics. While all women produce a small amount of androgens, those with PCOS have more androgens than usual, which can prevent ovulation and make regular menstrual cycles difficult. Follicles grow and accumulate fluid, but tues are not released. Ovulation does not occur, and the follicles can turn into cysts. If this happens, your body may not be able to produce the hormone progesterone, which is necessary to keep your cycle in order.”Women with PCOS also produce an excess of estrogen. Although this does not contribute to the above symptoms, long-term “unrequited estrogen” can cause thickening of the uterine lining, which is an important risk factor for uterine cancer. Some scientists think that another hormone – ‘insulin’ – may play a role in the body’s increased production of androgens. Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance. This is most common in women who are overweight or obese, do not have unhealthy eating and exercise habits, or have a family history of type 2 diabetes. Women whose mothers and sisters have PCOS are also more likely to be affected by this condition.

Myth #2: You Can Get Rid of PCOS If You Lose Weight

Unfortunately, there is no definitive permanent cure for PCOS, but overweight and obese women can help balance their hormone levels by losing weight. Otherwise, the treatment is aimed at managing the symptoms. A wide range of treatment options can help prevent possible problems. Lifestyle changes such as eating healthy and exercising regularly improve the way your body uses insulin and therefore regulate your hormone levels better. If you don’t want to get pregnant anytime soon, birth control pills can also be a good treatment option because they can regulate your menstrual cycle and reduce androgen levels. Birth control pills also reduce the increased risk of endometrial cancer by reducing the amount of time the uterus is exposed to unmet estrogen. “We note that birth control pills are associated with an increased risk of blood clots, especially in obese patients and women over 40, so you should talk to your doctor to see if this option is right for you. Fertility drugs can also help stimulate ovulation if you want to get pregnant. In some cases, this may be enough to stimulate the process for women with a lack of ovulation- the main reason why women with PCOS struggle with fertility is the disorder of ovulation

Myth #3: PCOS Is a Rare Condition

It is estimated that five to 10 percent of women of childbearing age have PCOS. This is the most common hormonal endocrine disorder, the condition is most common among women of reproductive age dec However, according to estimates, less than half of all women with PCOS are diagnosed correctly, which means that millions of women are potentially unaware of their condition.

Myth 4: You Can’t Get Pregnant If You Have PCOS

Of course, this is not true for everyone. Give your body a chance by talking to your doctor about fertility treatment. A number of drugs can stimulate ovulation, which is the main problem faced by women with PCOS. Other fertility treatments for women with PCOS include assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). “If you have PCOS and you are not trying to get pregnant, do not neglect protection. Although it is definitely more difficult to get pregnant with PCOS, many women still ovulate intermittently. Therefore, it is important to continue using birth control.

Myth #5: PCOS Affects Only Overweight Women

It is true that many women with PCOS are overweight or obese. This ratio is about 50%. It is also true that obesity can worsen the symptoms of PCOS. However, PCOS does not discriminate and can affect women of any height and weight. The relationship between weight and PCOS is related to the body’s inability to use insulin decently, which can lead to weight gain. For this reason, most women are advised to get into the habit of eating healthy and exercising regularly as part of their treatment plan.

By separating the truth from the myth, you can convince yourself to live a full and healthy life with PCOS and achieve it.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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