The Preventable Reason Some Women Get Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome causes several symptoms that can collectively contribute to imbalances in your reproductive system. Around 5% to 10% of women between 15 and 44-years-old are diagnosed with PCOS. The majority of women receive a PCOS diagnoses when they visit their doctor because they are struggling to get pregnant.
The most common symptoms of polycystic ovaries include:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Hormonal imbalances
- Difficulty losing weight or sudden weight gain
- Development of ovarian cysts
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Excessive hair growth on your face, chin or parts of the body that women don’t generally grow a lot of hair.
- Darkening of the skin especially around neck creases, in your groin and underneath breasts.
- Skin tags
The symptoms of PCOS can cause irregularities in your reproductive system making it much more difficult to conceive.
So why do some women receive a PCOS diagnoses and others do not?
All women are at risk for PCOS, but your risks go up if you are obese or if polycystic ovarian syndrome runs in your family. One of the most common causes of PCOS relates to insulin resistance, which eventually develops into diabetes. This is because when your insulin levels spike it changes the ways ovaries secrete hormones. When your hormone levels are too high or too low it can lead to all of the common causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome mentioned above, like irregular menstrual periods and ovarian cysts.
Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with the development of insulin resistance, can be prevented or at least postponed with proper diet and lifestyle habits. After receiving a PCOS diagnoses many women are instructed to limit their carbohydrate intake, exercise and lose weight. Diabetes drugs, like Metformin, can also help bring down blood sugar levels and assist with weight loss. By getting your insulin levels under control you’ll naturally increase your chances of getting pregnant while decreasing the symptoms of PCOS.
Can I Still Get Pregnant With PCOS?
Yes! Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common causes of infertility in women but it is treatable. PCOS causes hormonal imbalances that get in the way of growing and releasing eggs, and without ovulation you cannot get pregnant. That doesn’t mean you’ll never ovulate again. By working with a doctor and taking charge of your health you can start ovulating again and therefore conceive.
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