Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal condition that is commonly seen in women of the reproductive age. While the exact cause of the condition is yet undetermined, the condition results in infrequent periods & painful periods; excessive levels of male hormone levels leading to excess facial & body hair, acne and male-pattern baldness.

Blood tests and an ultrasound to determine PCOS. Once diagnosed, a patient will be required to make changes to lifestyle to reduce weight and take measures to regulate the monthly menstrual cycle. Additional medication may be prescribed based on your specific factors.

The common symptoms associated with PCOS include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Painful periods
  • Excessive pain during periods
  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Premature ovarian failure

PCOS can lead to several complications, and these include:

  • Infertility
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Endometrial cancer

Excessive insulin intake, hereditary factors and excessive production of androgen are factors that further aggravate PCOS. Once diagnosed, a patient will be required to make changes to lifestyle to reduce weight and take measures to regulate the monthly menstrual cycle. Additional medication may be prescribed based on your specific factors. One of the more serious complications of PCOS is known to be severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver.

Risk Factors of Developing PCOS:

  • Stress
  • Genetic Factors
  • Hormonal Factors
  • Excessive Weight
  • Insulin Resistance