Women tend to ignore the common signs and symptoms of PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Recently, in Glam Magazine,Dr. Laurence Jacobs explains: During a regular monthly cycle, many immature eggs develop in the ovaries and one mature egg is released and picked up by the fallopian tube during ovulation. For women with PCOS, the hormones needed for an egg to fully mature are not present, preventing ovulation from occurring and causing multiple small cysts to form on the ovaries.
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
Because they don’t know the signs and symptoms of PCOS, they don’t suspect that their inability to conceive naturally is due to the disease. The best treatment for infertile women suffering from PCOS is IVF. Women suffering from infertility due to PCOS respond very well to injectable fertility medications and have a high percentage rate of successful ovulation.
Irregular or Absent Periods
Because this condition gets in the way of ovulation, preventing it from happening regularly, one of the first signs of PCOS is often irregular or absent periods. A normal menstrual cycle last 2 days, plus or minus 7 days, so if your cycle falls out of this range, you have periods too frequently, or for 8 days or more, you have irregular cycles. – Dr. Jacobs as quoted in Glam.
Failure to Ovulate
Ovulation is the process that typically occurs each month, as the egg becomes maturely developed enough to be fertilized by the sperm. In women with PCOS, however, this does not happen every month – or sometimes at all. Without ovulation, pregnancy is not possible. Dr. Jacobs suggests in Glam – Confirm whether or not you are ovulating by tracking your periods and using ovulation prediction kits for a few months. If you aren’t ovulating and are planning on starting a family, it is advised to seek the guidance of a fertility specialist first as regular ovulation can be induced through medication as well as lifestyle changes.
Acne and Excess Hair Growth or Balding
Due to an excess of androgen, a male hormone, women with PCOS can experience acne – typically on their body and face – as well as excess facial or body hair, explains Dr. Jacobs in Glam. While rare, some women even experience male-pattern baldness. Treatment options for acne, excessive hair growth, and balding are abundant and focus primarily on lowering male hormones. It would be best to speak with a professional who has treated PCOS for these issues.
Weight Gain or Obesity
Due to the metabolic challenges that often result from PCOS, many sufferers have difficulty losing weight. For this reason, obesity is one of the common signs of PCOS. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and positive lifestyle changes can make a big difference in reducing symptoms, triggering ovulation, and dropping weight, advised Dr. Jacobs in Glam. Make it a goal to get active for 30 minutes at least three times a week to start, load up on veggies, fruits, hormone-free meat, wild-caught fish, legumes, 100 percent whole grain, antioxidant-rich produce such as berries, folate-rich veggies like spinach, unsaturated vegetable oils such as walnuts and avocado, and a half cup of beans to your daily diet.
Know the Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
PCOS is a condition causing up to 20 percent of women in America to be infertile due to cysts growing on the ovaries. This occurs when a women generate excessive androgens – male hormones.
- 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 can include:
- 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)
Ovulation Problems Due to PCOS
- No ovulation (anovulation)
- Infrequent or irregular ovulation
Menstrual Cycle Problems Due to PCOS
Irregular menstrual cycles occur when a woman does not ovulate regularly
- No periods at all
- Infrequent periods
- Periods that occur too frequently
- Heavy periods lasting for many days/weeks
- Bleeding/Spotting occurring between apparently normal cycles
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