PCOS and Menopause

Polycystic Ovarian disease (PCOS) and Menopsause has become a very hot topic. Since it was thought of as disordered hormone production, and lack of ovulation, and presence of ovarian cysts, it was rationalized that as a woman ages into menopause she will no longer ovulate as the natural course of events, that her ovaries will quit producing cysts, and that at least excess estrogen production will cease. So we just have not kept monitoring women in their 50s 60s and 70s for PCOS. But questions of excess hair growth of the chin, the upper lip, and on the side burns does seem to be fairly common in one's late 30s, 40s, and then into perimenopause and menopause. Your first thought is that you now have a hormone imbalance? Perhaps? Perhaps women who now notice they have excess hair have a missed diagnosis of polycystic ovaries  and that it truly didn't resolve? Maybe,  and new research backs up that women in menopause, who had PCOS previously will have free testosterone that remains elevated. And this can be the cause of excess hair and even acne with aging although you had been hoping for resolution. In addition, excess hair growth is affected by glands other than just our ovaries. So you wonder if you have adrenal gland abnormalities, adrenal gland stress? Perhaps as well, as some other medication can produce some of these same effects. But before you conclude if it's still PCOS, blood hormone testing may be in order.


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