Holy Hormones Journal: Endocrine disruption, hormone imbalance – are all at the root of PCOS. Can it be reversed – yes. What causes it? Perhaps environmental exposure to BPA and other xenoestrogens. Honestly, I started hearing about PCOS more from girls adversely injured by Gardasil. And now it is in the New York Times? Things that make you go hmm. Gardasil is a known endocrine disruptor – it has caused a 16 year old girl to go into menopause. That little tidbit was written up in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Deidre Little who noticed the connection. The late, great prophetess, Heidi Stevenson also wrote about this in an article posted to my blog.
We really need to start thinking about prescribing young girls synthetic hormones at the most fragile time of their lives – menarche and adolescence. The same needs to be said for the
PCOS: An Infertility Issue That Is Little Understood
The New York Times
By JANE E. BRODY
November 24, 2014
Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood.
Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility.
But not all of these women have polycystic ovaries, a fact that can result in misdiagnosis. As it turns out, cysts — sacs of fluid on the ovaries — are just one manifestation of a complex hormonal condition.
First described in 1935, PCOS was initially called Stein-Leventhal syndrome, for the two American gynecologists who identified it, Dr. Irving F. Stein Sr. and Dr. Michael L. Leventhal. They recognized that ovarian cysts can interrupt ovulation and cause infertility in significant numbers of women.
Irregular menstrual cycles and difficulty conceiving are among the most common symptoms, the result of ovarian follicles that fail to mature fully and to release eggs. Affected women often have enlarged ovaries and, when menses does occur, prolonged bleeding.
Over time more cysts — swollen follicles, really — may form. On an ultrasound exam, they resemble a string of pearls stretched over the surface of the ovary. Yet some experts believe cysts are a result, rather than the cause, of the syndrome.
“Whether the condition starts in the ovaries is not certain,” Dr. R. Scott Lucidi, an expert on PCOS at Virginia Commonwealth University, said in an interview.