Facts That You Need To Know About PCOS
Depression. Anxiety. Weight gain. Irregular periods. Infertility. Bloating.These are some of the most common symptoms of PCOS i.e Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. So, what is PCOS exactly?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an imbalance of male and female sex hormones. When women have excess androgens in their body, they tend to experience weight gain, ovarian cysts and irregularities in their menstrual cycle. PCOS also increases a woman's risk of diabetes, infertility, hair thinning. Excess male hormones can also lead to more face and body hair growth, and hair thinning on the scalp. A lot of small cysts are produced in the ovaries as well. If not treated at the right time, this hormone imbalance can affect your menstrual cycle and overall health. The hormonal imbalance can also lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer in future. Unfortunately, this syndrome is plaguing the health of many women across the globe.
However, don’t stress much. There are some ways in which you can regularise your cycle and reduce the effects of PCOS. In order to help you understand this syndrome, we have enlisted few facts that you need to know about PCOS.
- PCOS can be genetic
- Worldwide, PCOS affects 6% to 10% of women, making it the most common disorder in women of childbearing age
- By age 40, 40% of women with PCOS can develop Type 2 Diabetes
- Women with PCOS can have irregular monthly menstrual cycles, but not all women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries
- Eating disorders is very common among women with PCOS
- Women with PCOS have higher rates of anxiety and depression
- PCOS is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility
- Women with PCOS may have more difficulty breastfeeding and producing sufficient milk for their babies
- PCOS has no treatment as of now, but it is a symptom that can be brought under control with the right guidance.
Do visit a doctor and start medication immediately if you have PCOS.