Category Archives: PCOS

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Learning about PCOS

On February 2nd, 2010, I walked into my first day of my internship at the Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH), having little knowledge of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I was shocked when I found out that PCOS affects 1 in 10 women, and I was eager…

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Unwanted Hair & PCOS

Hair: You can color it, curl it, straighten it, braid it, cut it, etc. but what about “unwanted hair”? You know – the hair above your upper lip, chin, neck, toes, belly, or even your back. If you are a young woman with PCOS, you can…

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A PCOS-Friendly Holiday Season

The holiday season is here! Cookie swaps and holiday parties are lots of fun, but they can make things challenging for people who are trying to eat well and stay healthy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t an “all or nothing” kind of thing. You don’t…

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Oligomenorrhea

Oligomenorrhea (pronounced: o-li-go-men-or-rea) is just a fancy name for “few” periods. I don’t think there is any other word in the English language that has more synonyms and slang words to describe a woman’s menstrual cycle, than the word, “period”. Aside from familiar words such…

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What’s up with the dirt on my neck?

It can be very frustrating if you’ve been told that you have a “dirty neck” when in fact you have a very common symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) called acanthosis nigricans (pronounced: a-can-tho-sis ni-gri-cans). It’s not your fault, and all the scrubbing in the…