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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition, which causes hormonal disorder in women, causing the enlargement of ovaries with small fluid-filled sacs, called cysts, inside them. Periods happen when the ovaries release the eggs. The uterine wall that builds up to protect the egg sheds. Together they release the egg and the uterine wall cause the menstrual bleeding. In a healthy condition, ovaries produce the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and a small amount of male hormone called androgen. These three hormones cause menstrual periods, which is the periodic release of eggs (ovulation). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome triggers the excessive formation of androgen, which causes an imbalance of these 3 hormones.

First detected in 1721, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is characterized mainly by the irregularities in the menstrual cycle. Three main features responsible for PCOS are cyst in ovary, production of the high level of the male hormone androgen, and irregular or missed periods. With more than 1 million cases in India per year, PCOS is a common condition in women. But that does not undermine its seriousness. The health risks that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome poises on women include difficult pregnancy, diabetes, and heart diseases.

The exact cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is uncertain, but experts assume that it is the combination of some genetic and environmental factors that trigger this hormonal imbalance in women. Almost 70% of the women don’t realize that they are suffering from PCOS until the symptoms like excessive hair growth on face and body, acne, etc. worsen.

Symptoms

In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, women fail to release the eggs normally which results in irregular, skipped, or prolonged menstrual periods. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS are as follows:

Irregular periods: Cysts trigger the excess production of androgen that causes hormonal imbalance and interferes with ovulation. This causes skipped or irregular periods. Women with PCOS can have fewer than 8 periods in a year.

Heavy bleeding: When the uterine wall builds up for a longer period, it can cause unusually heaving bleeding.

Hair growth: Studies have shown that excess hair growth on face and body, hirsutism, is the most common symptom seen in women with PCOS.

Acne: Excess androgen production makes skin oilier than usual, which causes acne breakout on the skin.

Weight gain: Obesity is a common complaint among more than 80% of the women suffering PCOS.

Baldness: Hair on the scalp starts getting thinner, which triggers male-type baldness.

Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome at Sexual Health Care Clinic

There are many medications available in the market to cure Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. But one cannot guarantee that they won’t induce any kind of side effects or trigger any new health issue. Some doctors may also suggest that surgery is another option. It goes without saying that surgery can be traumatic to the patient, let alone the pain and distress post-surgery period can cause. But don’t worry about it any longer with the Sexual Healthcare Clinic at your rescue.

Ayurvedic medicine – prepared from a blend of natural ingredients and practiced for thousands of years in India – is the most natural way to cure Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This ancient-modern way of treatment blends the herbal compounds with a standard dietary guideline to cure the underlying health factors of PCOS and give you a positive result. Consult with the experts at the Sexual Health Care Clinic today and learn how Ayurveda can help treat Polycystic Ovary Disorder.

When to consult a doctor?

A little irregular and fluctuating menstrual bleeding are normal among women. This is where the most common question arises. How will you know if you are suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? To help you out, here are a few typical symptoms of PCOS. They are as follows:

  • If you have missed periods even if you are not pregnant
  • Have any of the above-mentioned PCOS symptoms
  • If you have been trying to get pregnant for quite some time, as long as a year, but not being able to conceive
  • If you are showing diabetic symptoms, such as excessive thirst or hunger, blurred vision, or an unexplained weight loss
If you see that you are experiencing any or all of the symptoms that we have discussed earlier, immediately get in touch with a doctor. Early detection of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can improve many of the underlying ailments before they worsen over time.

Causes

The exact cause for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is uncertain. But extensive studies have found heredity, insulin resistance and inflammation to be the three major factors responsible for causing PCOS in women. All these factors have been actively linked with the excess production of androgen in women.

Genes: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has been found to be hereditary. If any woman has a family history of polycystic ovaries in the family, she should be more aware and get regular check-ups done. She should also keep an eye open for any kind of symptoms discussed earlier for early detection.

Insulin resistance: Insulin resistance is another factor found in more than 70% of women having PCOS, making it actively linked with this hormonal disorder. Insulin resistance means cells cannot use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that enables the cells to convert the sugar content of foods into energy. When cells cannot use insulin, the insulin requirement of the body increases, which enables the pancreas to produce an excessive amount of this hormone, much higher than its usual level. Higher insulin levels trigger the production of higher male hormones, androgen from the ovaries. Obesity is a major cause of insulin resistance.

Inflammation: PCOS often results in an increased amount of inflammation in the body. Studies have revealed that excess inflammation triggers the production of excess androgen hormones.

Health factors: Other underlying health factors that have been found to interfere with normal ovulation are diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart diseases. Health Risk of PCOS Women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are shown to be susceptible to a number of health issues.

Infertility: PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility. Women who don’t ovulate regularly do not release the necessary number of eggs to be fertilized.

Pregnancy: Women with PCOS face an increased risk for pregnancy complications and are more likely to deliver the baby prematurely. They are also at a greater risk for miscarriage, high blood pressure, and gestational diabetes.

Metabolic syndrome: Obesity caused by PCOS is known to increase high blood sugar, high blood pressure, the level of bad cholesterol, and lower the level of good cholesterol. These factors together form metabolic syndrome, which is known as risks for heart diseases, liver inflammation, diabetes, and stroke.

Sleep apnea: Disturbed sleep is very common in obese women, especially those who are suffering from PCOS.

Endometrial cancer: Thickened uterine lining, caused by skipped menstrual periods, can increase the risk of endometrial cancer.

Depression: Excessive hair growth, acne, and other health issues related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can negatively affect emotions. Many PCOS women have been found to suffer from depression and anxiety.

Prevention Experts emphasize that nothing beats a good prevention plan for any health disorder. There are some things that you can follow on a daily basis. Even though they seem pretty normal, their combined outcome can improve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Weight loss: In today’s lifestyle, most of the women find it difficult to maintain low body weight. It has been seen that if overweight women lose even 5 to 10% of their overall body weight, they run a much lesser risk for PCOS. Weight loss improves your period cycle and maintains its regular flow, improves PCOS syndrome and cholesterol level, lowers insulin, and reduces heart disease and diabetes risks.

Diet: Low carbohydrate diets help the body to maintain low insulin levels and a standard weight. Include lots of fresh fruits, green vegetables, and whole grains to your diet. It will help maintain the menstrual cycle regularity.

Exercise: Considering how busy women are, they hardly find time to exercise. But experts say, even 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily can improve the PCOS symptoms, ovulation, and insulin levels.

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