Updated: Apr 7
A plagued with excess hair, acne, obesity and PCOS, Sarah was often mistaken for a young male. Most girls finished high school, went to university and then got married. Her (surrogate) mother wanted her to do the same.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects all aspects of a woman's body, causing irregular periods, excess hair growth, acne and obesity.
These symptoms can be difficult to manage on their own, but they can sometimes lead to diabetes and heart disease.
The cause of PCOS isn't well understood, but may involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. While there is no cure for PCOS, it can be managed with treatment that includes birth control pills to regularise periods, medication called metformin to prevent diabetes, statins to control high cholesterol and hormones to increase fertility.
In severe cases where symptoms aren't responding to these treatments or where the patient wants more permanent solutions such as removal of excess hair or surgery on ovaries or uterus; surgery may be recommended.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects the reproductive system. It can cause irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, and/or excess hair growth on the face and body.
Unfortunately, it's also one of the most common hormonal disorders in women of reproductive age.
What Causes Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
PCOS is caused by an imbalance in hormones. In particular, there's an imbalance between male sex hormones (androgens) and female sex hormones (estrogens). The result is an increase in male sex hormones that leads to acne and excess hair growth on the face or body. For some people with PCOS, this imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycles or infertility
What are the Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
The symptoms of PCOS vary from person to person—some people have few symptoms, while others have many. Some possible symptoms include:
Excessive hair growth (on the face or body)
Irregular menstrual periods
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects women of reproductive age. The signs and symptoms of PCOS can vary from one woman to the next, but there are some common signs that many women experience.
The first step to dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is to seek consultation and support from a professional
If you suffer from PCOS, there is hope.
With the help of a doctor, your ovaries may go back to normal and ovulation will become regular. This will then clear the way to conceive naturall
y, or with fertility treatment.
PCOS is not fun to live with, but I'm sure many of us can agree that it can be a bit easier to deal with once we know more about the condition, the complications it can cause, and what we can do to manage it.
We hope that this blog post has shed some positive light on PCOS and made it a little less scary. If you feel like you are suffering from PCOS, do not hesitate to make an appointment.
The sooner you start treatment, the better it will be for your body and for your fertility.