PCOS and Endometriosis: what are they?

The more we know our bodies, the more we’re empowered to treat them right and make healthier life decisions! For those of you with a uterus out there, you may have heard about PCOS or endometriosis. These are two common gynecologic disorders for bodies with a uterus. Not sure what those symptoms could be? We’ve got you covered right here.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is not so much a narrowed or specific disease. You can think of it like all the stars in the sky, each star being a symptom, but together being a constellation. It’s not something that’s completely understood, yet is one of the most common hormonal problems amongst young people! Bodies with PCOS is met with high levels of testosterone because of LH (a hormone) resistance, as well as insulin (energy absorbing messenger) resistance. This body does not ovulate either because of FHS (another hormone) imbalance that helps changes during one’s period cycle. Bodies with PCOS also have more androgen which can lead to more acne, body hair, irregular periods and weight gain. Helloclue.com PCOS 101 is awesome for more info on what to keep an eye out for!

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition when tissue, similar to the one that lines the uterus, begins to grow in other areas of the body. This trapped tissue can cause inflammation and a lot of pain. Symptoms may include painful periods (as if they weren’t difficult enough), major pelvic pain, pain during sex or when using the washroom. Any podcast lovers here like us?! Andrea Muraskin does an amazing episode diving deep into all things #Ladyparts featuring endometriosis. Click here for the episode!

It’s hard to totally define what “health” is, because let’s face it, al our bodies are unique and different. Good health could mean several things that make your mind and body the best it can be, practiced as a marathon and not as a race! It’s also important to remember that not all struggles are physical or easily spotted with our eyes. There are mental health issues and hormone imbalances that deserve the same TLC, treatment, and resources to live your healthiest life.