Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Infertility is one of the most common PCOS symptoms.
If you have two or more of the following symptoms, you need to have a thorough checkup to determine if you need PCOS treatment:
• Irregular or missing menstrual periods
• Excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth
• Thinning hair on the scalp
• Weight problems, often including weight gain around the waist
• Skin problems, including skin tags, darkening skin and acne
• Diabetes, elevated insulin levels or insulin resistance
• Heart and blood vessel problems
• Sleep apnea
Each of these problems can be life threatening, which is why treatment for PCOS is so important
Lifestyle and Prevention
One of the best treatments for PCOS is a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can also help the body regulate insulin and keep excess weight off. Losing weight is challenging with PCOS, but doing so can help reduce the male hormone levels in the body, and some women will begin to ovulate naturally. With a proper diagnosis, lifestyle changes and PCOS treatment, women can get relief from this condition and the overwhelming health problems it can cause.