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PCOS is a very common disease. 1 in 5 women may even have it, but most doesn't know. In my teenage years I was very confused because I was the only overweight person in my family even though I ate the same food as my family and was as active as them. Then one day they talked about PCOS on TV and I had a huge "Oh my god! That's me!" moment, then looked at my mom and she had the same look on her face. I went to the doctor and sure enough, I had PCOS.

It's a rather complicated thing that cause too many male hormones in women. The symptoms are:
~cysts on your ovaries
~low insulin levels
~infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
~infertility or inability to get pregnant because of not ovulating
~increased growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
~acne, oily skin, or dandruff
~pelvic pain
~weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
~type 2 diabetes
~high cholesterol
~high blood pressure
~male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
~patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
~skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
~sleep apnea and excessive snoring as breathing stops at times while asleep
~depression
~gender confusion

I have never met anyone who had all the symptoms. I only have 5 of them. So if you recognize a few of these, go to the doctor, have a chat (a lot of doctors don't know about it so they'll probably have to look it up), and see a gynecologist. They'll take an ultrasound of your ovaries to make the diagnosis.

Trust me, finding out that you've got PCOS will give you a peace of mind, and there a treatments to help you.

EDIT: About the gender confusion. There are some PCOS women who throught they were trans, but after starting PCOS treatment reported no longer wanting to change gender. This is not to say all trans people are like this, just that the overload of testerone can have a strong effect on some PCOS women's minds as well as bodies.


9th April 2012

Tagged in Pcos


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12 months ago #9508391        
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Hi!
This might be awkward but I wanted to comment and thank you for this comic. I was a fan of your stuff and followed you on DA ages ago when I first saw this, and I thought "Huh, relatable" but never really followed up on it. I recently was diagnosed with PCOS but I was sort of informed thanks to this post and knew not to freak out about it. So, thanks! It's wonderful how you're using your art to entertain as well as make important information like this memorable.



1 year ago #9502003        
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I just want to thank you so much! Without you I might never have realized that my obesity is not really my fault. Since my childhood I was always so helpless, angry and confused. I always tried out new diets, everyone told me just to try harder.
I remember years ago you posted something about taking the birthcontrol pill because of pcos, and suddenly everything became clear and I went to the doctor..
Again, thank you! I finally don't give myself the fault anymore.
Keep up the great work!



1 year ago #9480217        
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I have 14 out of those listed symptoms. I identify as transgender and refuse to take high hormone birth-control for that reason.



2 years ago #9424202        
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I kind of know the feeling, I have Swyer syndrome, also does my sister, since every daughter from a same father does.
It is really hard since there is a lot of similar symptoms, I had to get my "ovaries" removed and I'm on hormone replacement therapy...
I now have to deal with overweight, high cholesterol levels, bordering diabetes, stress, depression and many other things...
We need to inform people about these common diseases, so every girl or boy out there gets the right information!



2 years ago #9354510        
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Sounds like a terrible disorder, luckily there is treatment for it. Btw, is there a version of this (if that makes sense) where there is too much estrogen for males?



3 years ago #9205012        
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When I first saw this comic tucked in with the Animal Lives series, I thought it would be about the Angler Fish. Surprise on me!

I'm sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this condition, but I'm glad you're able to keep it under control. Good luck!



3 years ago #9161317        
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When you posted this public service announcement of an art and commentary, it had match with my health history.

So, in late summer to early autumn of 2012, I went for the test, which required I go off my Pincus pills that was treating my PMDD. After all was said and done, on October 31, 2012, I was told I had a mild form of PCOS, one where the hormones were crazy.

This was upsetting to find out, considering my family's fertility and fecundity on both side was "the women in your family could have an instant Catholic family with a simple sneeze".

I thank you for your informative graphic and text.



4 years ago #9025336        
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I'd recently noticed I might have PCOS as my mum and maternal grandmother do, but as I'm not very overweight (the lightest of my family) the doctors didn't worry. After pushing for a scan earlier this year the GP said 'Oh, you definitely have PCOS' once the results came back. Some of the other stuff like gender confusion now makes a lot more sense, so glad I know now.

Only found this post after searching for more information online, and I'm really glad I did. I really like your comics Humon, as well as this post having quite concise information on PCOS. Thanks Humon!!



4 years ago #9005531        
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I have 9 of those symptoms and boy, does it get annoying for me. I started having symptoms when I was 14 but it severely increased when I was 25. I had the most horrible menstrual bleed that would not stop for months. I finally went to the OB/GYN and was diagnosed with PCOS. The Dr gave me as form of contraceptives to try and though it alleviated the immense amount of bleeding I got, I was never fully "cured". Recently, I went off the contraceptives and tried a herbal remedy that seemed to help.

I think that I'm mostly symptom free but I still feel gender confused to the point that I pray for a sex change constantly.



4 years ago #8995368        
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I have most of these symptoms I was diagnosed at the age of 16. Tomorrow (11/4/13) I'm going into surgery for gastric bypass which doctors say cures pcos and type 2 diabetes.



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