PCOS is one of the most common endocrine-disorders among women of reproductive age, yet a vast majority of Ghanaian women and men have no knowledge of this syndrome and very few women and adolescent girls know their PCOS status.
What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome varies from person to person.
Also known as the silent killer, PCOS, when not diagnosed and treated early, leads to an increased risk of developing several life-threatening diseases.
A diagnosis of PCOS suggests an increased risk of the following:
- Endometrial Cancer( Cancer of the Uterine Lining)
- Cardiovascular Disease/Heart Attacks
- Type II Diabetes
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease a severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver, especially if obesity is present
- Obesity leading to depression and low self-esteem
- Dyslipidemia-disorders of lipid metabolism
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
- Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure