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Are You Suffering from PCOS and Don’t Know it?
April 19, 2023
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone balance problem where several immature follicles contain eggs in the ovaries.
The ovaries are part of the woman’s reproductive organs.
If they are not ok structurally or cannot work well for some other reason, it can cause many problems.
PCOS is so common it could affect 1 in every 100 women. So it is possible you have PCOS and don’t even know it. In addition, more than half of these women do not have any symptoms.
It is a lifelong (chronic) condition. There is no cure, but the symptoms can be controlled depending on the severity.
Yes, it can be associated with irregular periods and pelvic pain.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families.
Testosterone, which is usually low in women, is abnormally high.
High insulin, which controls sugar levels in the body, is too high.
Your ovaries may be slightly larger than normal. This is because they have more immature fluid-filled pockets that prevent the release of eggs.
That means the ovaries don’t release eggs at the end of the menstrual cycle, which can lead to infertility.
The problems with PCOS include the following:
Acne or oily skin
Overweight – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
Irregular Periods or no periods
High Testosterone and Insulin
Many women with PCOS are resistant to the action of insulin in their bodies, so they make more insulin to overcome this.
However, this causes them to make more hormones like testosterone.
Being overweight or obese also increases the amount of insulin your body produces, placing you more at risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus.
No, there is no cure for PCOS.
But there are different degrees of PCOS. Some women may have a mild disease without visible symptoms. Others may be moderate or severe.
So you can have PCOS, yet no period or fertility problems. All you may have is bad acne or thinning hair.
But other ladies may have irregular periods and difficulty conceiving, which brings them to the doctor’s attention.
The treatments will depend on the specific issue the degree of PCOS causes, but broadly:
Editing by AskAwayHealth Team
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The advice in our material is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare practitioner’s management of your specific condition.
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