PCOS is a HORMONAL DISORDER that affects Women of REPRODUCTIVE AGE (16 to 45 years of age).
1 out of 10 (10%) of ladies are diagnosed with PCOS.
PCOS affects woman’s hormonal levels thereby AFFECTING the OVARIES.
In HEALTHY WOMEN, the ovaries produce a very small amount of MALE HORMONES called ANDROGEN.
But In PCOS, due to INSULIN RESISTANCE, the ovaries produce EXCESSIVE androgens, RATHER than the female hormones (such as Estrogen & Progesterone).
These Excess ANDROGENS are responsible for CAUSING lots of body changes SUCH as Facial Hair (beards) & No or IRREGULAR menstrual flow.
POLY-CYSTIC means ‘Many cysts.’
In PCOS, Many CYSTS (small Fluid-filled Sacs containing IMMATURE EGGS) develops inside the Ovaries.
The EGGS are NEVER fully grown to TRIGGER ovulation.
The ABSENCE of ovulation ALTERS levels of hormones. Estrogen and progesterone LEVELS FALL, while Androgen (male hormones) levels are too high.
The follicles keep growing and form multiple cysts in the ovary. This causes the ovary to ENLARGE in SIZE.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PCOS?
- Lifestyle Modifications (processed foods, cigarettes, alcohol, sedentary life. etc) – Insulin resistance
Let me emphasize on:
If a woman has PCOS, her body will NOT able to utilize INSULIN properly.
INSULIN is a hormone that helps the body to use sugar from energy foods.
When Insulin is NOT used properly, the body’s demand for insulin INCREASES. And to COMPENSATE, our body produces MORE insulin. MORE AMOUNT of insulin triggers the ovaries to produce more MALE HORMONES That’s why we usually recommend
METF-RMIN as part of TREATMENT PLAN.
SYMPTOMS OF PCOS?
- Hirsutism (Excessive HAIR on a body like face & chest)
- Obesity & Diabetes Mellitus
- & Absence of Menstrual Irregularities
The doctor may suggest
ULTRASONOGRAPHY (USG) test examine the cysts in the ovaries.
TREATMENT FOR PCOS:
CERTAIN Birth control pills, Antidiabetic & Anti-androgenic drugs. (drugs won’t be listed).
DON’T make those road Side Herbal products for PCOS treatment. You may damage your womb & make it worse.
Quickly see a DOCTOR if you have any signs of PCOS.