In the United States, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 6-12% of women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For women with a PCOS diagnosis, it can affect many aspects of their health, especially weight.
But what is PCOS, exactly? “PCOS is a complex metabolic syndrome that affects nearly every system of the body including the ovaries, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and more. It is characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, high androgens, and polycystic ovaries (ovaries that have more than 12 follicles each),” says Melissa Groves, RDN, LD and author of A Balanced Approach to PCOS: