Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Check for these first, why don't ya?

I see article after article about women with weird symptoms, abdominal pain, infertility, weight gain, and so on. The doctors are always baffled. Then, almost every time, it is endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

It’s not like these are rare diseases that attack only left-handed women of East European origin or something.

Don’t doctors ever watch Mystery Diagnosis? Nah, probably not.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder involving excess male hormones. Irregular periods show up in the teen years. Weight gain is another symptom. Doctors are used to that one—diet sheet. Or you can be skinny with PCOS—got ya on that one!

PCOS can lead to diabetes or heart disease. Conceiving may be a nightmare or impossible. But PCOS is treatable.

With endometriosis, the uterine lining cells grow in the abdomen outside the uterus—sort of like ivy on a wall. Ultrasound does not show it, as it does ovarian cysts. The cramps can be awful as this stuff acts up and gets all fused to other organs in there.

Often doctors try to say this is irritable bowel syndrome because that region can be involved.

If you have low-grade complaints like this—or even screaming cramps—tell the doctor how bad it is.

And don’t be afraid—both of these can be corrected in a lot of cases and you can still have a baby.

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