Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a prevalent syndrome in women, and you need to know its symptoms, causes and the treatment.
It was an afternoon in February 2015 when my mom came running to me with an article about PCOS in her hand.
She had just matched almost all symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome mentioned in the article with the health issues I was facing during the time. These included my terrible acne, facial hair, irregular periods, obesity, and the fact that I was prediabetic.
After reading that article, my curiosity about my body, women’s diseases, and health, in general, struck in and thus began my journey into health and wellness.
Just like me, there’s a chance it might become a pivot in your life too.
That’s why, today. I want to tell you the basics you need to know about this disease.
What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
The polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition women face in which small cysts with immature eggs inside start growing on the outer edges of their ovaries. When the eggs do not mature, which they usually should, the body begins producing more androgens.
Androgens are male hormones which, when increased, disrupt the menstrual cycle — this disruption leads to missed periods which further notify the body to produce more hormones. Thus, causing a hormonal imbalance.
What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome?
With more male hormones in a female body, the body starts showing symptoms like excess growth of facial hair and acne.
Also, hormonal imbalance is said to increase one’s chances of being diabetic and obese, as it slows down one’s metabolism and makes it difficult to lose weight.
Thinning hair, headaches, heavy bleeding, and skin-darkening are a few additional symptoms of the polycystic ovarian syndrome.
With all these, the main symptom a woman should look out for remains her irregular periods.
What are the causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome?
Apart from inheriting the condition, insulin resistance and inflammation are the most common reasons that lead to hormonal imbalance.
In case you do not know, insulin resistance is when the body is not able to utilise the already generated insulin in the body. It keeps demanding more of it. The unused insulin leads to the production of androgens, which we know as male hormones.
What can polycystic ovarian syndrome lead to?
You might know that it is a woman’s menstrual cycle which helps develop-eggs and thus, gets pregnant. Since PCOS leads to disrupted menstrual cycles, it leads to infertility.
Infertility, along with obesity, acne, facial hair, and diabetes, can lead to depression as well.
What is the treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome?
While there are pills that might help you, the best way to treat PCOS would be naturally. For this, you will have to make good eating habits and exercise a part of your daily routine. Adding fibre and anti-inflammatory supplements to your diet may be a good starting point.
Now that you know all this, I hope you realise the root of the problem. It is our deteriorating lifestyle. But the good part is that it can be treated. At least, I have done it, even with those symptoms of the polycystic ovarian syndrome that my mom matched that day.
I lost 28 kgs of my weight, got my periods regulated and have almost cleared my skin. Cliche as it might sound, but if I can do it, you can too.
So, let’s take the first step today. Comment below one lifestyle change that you will commit to in 2020. Even the tiniest of changes would do.
Lakshmi Jaisimha is a freelance health and wellness writer and blogger. Having won over lifestyle diseases and lost more than 60 pounds herself without any fad diets, medicines, and extensive exercises, she aims to help people achieve their health the same way. A stress-free and passionate life is what she practices and preaches. You can find her on LinkedIn for a lovely little chat.