I have PCOS. I'm bi. Go figure.
That article, and the name of the syndrome, are both misleading. (actually, that article was pretty bad... :fumes: ) PCOS is only a "fertility" issue by association, because it fucks with women's hormone levels. But, many women who have PCOS don't have cysts on their ovaries, and many are fertile without the aid of drugs.
PCOS is caused by an excess of insulin in the blood stream, which throws all hormone levels out of wack and cause PCOS women to gain weight and makes it next to impossible for them to lose weight. The reason for the elevated insulin levels is not yet known. I'm not totally clear on the link between insulin and hormone levels (I had it figured out once, but have since forgotten). But, the link between elevated insulin and weight gain is a clear one: when your body begins to metabolize simple carbs (white flour, sugar), the first thing the insluin in your body does is lay away any other nutrients in your blood stream as fat. Hence, more insulin = more fat. And it is really hard to lose it. Basically you have to treat the insulin problem and the weight problem at the same time.
Now, relate this to the sexuality issue. Ok, I'm sticking my neck out here, but this opinion is based on both personal experience and observation. Almost all PCOS women are overweight. Almost all have problems with hirsutism (excess hair in all the wrong places for women in our society). Being that it is almost an accepted fact that women are more easily bisexual than men, whether by biology or cultural assimilation, I don't know (don't bite my head off, go read the studies and consider the evidence)... does it follow that many (conciously, unconciously, whatever) would gravitate towards other women? In our society? Where a hair on your chin and a extra pounds can be death in the eyes of a potential male love-interest? (at least in the mind of the women)
I am, of course, not talking for all lesbians, or all women with PCOS. I am not trying to undermine the queer movement or anything like that. But, for some people it is a choice, regardless of whether it was made conciously or not, whether a woman felt she was forced into it by our culture or happily chose it. :/disclaimer:Reposted. Accidentally used the angry face, sorry!