All you need to know about PCOS
Though it’s tempting to be shocked at how few women receive a correct and prompt diagnosis of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), the lack of information available clues us into a much larger problem: This common and serious condition isn’t being taken as seriously as it should be! In this blog, we’ve compiled almost everything that you need to know about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS – In a nutshell
PCOS is a health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones that wreak havoc on your reproductive system and the rest of your body. Because the hormones that affect your menstrual cycle are imbalanced, PCOS can cause you to have irregular or missed periods which can lead to infertility and the growth of small cysts on your ovaries. The cysts aren’t harmful on their own, but they can lead to further hormonal imbalance.
When we know the cause of something, it helps us wrap our heads around why we’re dealing with it and can make finding a treatment much easier. When it comes to PCOS, researchers believe that there are three contributing factors.
- Genetics: Your chance of having PCOS is higher if your mother or sister has it. It’s not just the maternal side of your family that can make you predisposed to the condition, though; it can be passed down from your father’s side, as well.
- High androgen levels: Androgens are male hormones. If you have PCOS, you probably have more androgens than estrogen. These hormones are what prevent your polycystic ovaries from releasing an egg during your menstrual cycle and can cause polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms like extra hair growth (hirsutism) and acne.
- Insulin resistance: The hormone that controls the process of food getting converted into energy is called insulin. Insulin resistance happens when your body’s cells don’t respond normally to it, causing your insulin levels to be high. If you’re overweight, don’t eat a healthy diet, or don’t get enough exercise, it’s far more likely that this is a part of your PCOD problem.
How do you know if you’ve PCOS?
Many start noticing PCOS symptoms in their teenage years. That being said, women can develop symptoms later in their reproductive years. It’s important to know what the symptoms are so that you know when it’s time to see your PCOS doctor or PCOS specialist.
It might not be obvious to you that you have PCOS because you could have a varying range of vague symptoms. These might include:
- An irregular or absent menstrual cycle
- Extreme hair growth on your face, chin, or body
- Ovarian cysts
- Facing difficulty to manage weight (not all women who have PCOS will be overweight, but for those that do, losing weight is typically difficult due to insulin resistance)
- Acne on face, chest, and back
- Darkening of the skin
- Multiple miscarriages
- Depression or mood swings
- Pelvic pain
With this long list of possible PCOS symptoms, if you have or think you might have PCOS, it’s pretty comprehensible that you might be feeling stressed right about now. Fret not, take a deep breath… Though PCOS is a serious condition that can’t be prevented or cured, there are plenty of treatment options that can alleviate symptoms and prevent long-term complications.
Conventional treatment options include birth-control pills and ovarian drilling surgery. But there are possible side-effects including medicine-induced menses might stop egg formation and 90% recurrence rate. There comes homeopathy to the picture. PCOS treatment in homeopathy comes with no dire side-effects and PCOS symptoms will be improved over a period of time. All you have to do is book an appointment with a homeopathic doctor. The PCOS specialist will examine your case history in detail in order to understand the root causes and come with a customized treatment plan.