Diagnosing PCOS in Young Girls and Women

EndometriosisAn often undiagnosed reproductive condition – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – is symptomatic among young girls. PCOS is a lifelong hormonal disorder appearing during a woman’s early reproductive years. It is one of the most common causes of female infertility.

Diagnosing PCOS

Elevated androgen (male hormone) levels cause acne and excessive facial or body hair grown in the appearance of young girls and women. This leads to insulin resistance – which increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Young girls and women who suffer from PCOS develop cyst-like follicles on their ovaries. These cysts prevent their ovaries from releasing eggs leading to infrequent or irregular menstrual periods – decreased fertility.

PCOS Symptoms to Know About

When they don’t know the signs and symptoms of PCOS, most women fail to suspect this condition as the cause of their inability to get pregnant. Know these symptoms of PCOS to protect your future fertility.

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Excess hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, thighs
  • Weight gain
  • Acne and oily skin
  • Patches of thickened skin

Complications of PCOS

  • Infertility
  • Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Miscarriage or premature birth
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis — a severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver
  • Metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that significantly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression, anxiety and eating disorders
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Cancer of the uterine lining (endometrial cancer)

Expertise in Diagnosing PCOS

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