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Managing diet, stress, sleep can help with issues of complex syndrome

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The PCOS Challenge: National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is a nonprofit that works to raise awareness about the devastating illness and to push for a cure. (Dreamstime)

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a commonly misunderstood condition that impacts millions of women.

September was PCOS Awareness Month, and the opportunity to build understanding and awareness around what is a complex medical condition continues.

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If you or someone you know and love has PCOS, read on to learn what PCOS is, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how it is diagnosed. Plus, some suggestions on lifestyle habits to help manage symptoms.

The Stats

  • 1 in 10 women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS (according to the Office of Women’s Health of Health and Human Services)
  • PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility, affecting 6% to 12% (as many as 5 million) of US women of reproductive age (according to the CDC).
  • 50 to 75 percent of people with PCOS don’t know they have it (according to a November 2018 paper in the ​International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health​).

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