What is PCOS?
PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The word "Poly" means "multiple/many" and syndrome is group of symptoms. In PCOS many small cysts grow inside the ovaries. Hence it is named polycystic ovary syndrome. These cysts cause hormone imbalance.
There are many theories based on the causes of PCOS and its risk factors.
- Lack of physical exercise
- Changes in eating habits
- Pre-existing conditions like diabetes
We can establish the diagnosis of PCOS by a simple cervical ultrasound. A woman may exhibit symptoms like:
- Excess facial hair
- Decrease in the breast size
- Deeper voice
- Anxiety or depression
- Hair thinning
- Weight gain
- Pelvic pain
We should also know the PCOS complications. Women with PCOS are at the risk of the following:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Heart attack
- Anxiety and depression
- Endometrial cancer
- Breast cancer
Let's discuss about treatment for PCOS. Hormonal birth control or the usual birth control pills is a standard treatment, in case when the woman is not planning for a baby. Why do we even wait for the PCOS treatment; when we can prevent it by keeping away from the causes of PCOS or its risk factors? When it's easy to just follow a healthy lifestyle and opt for a regular women health checkup for the diagnosis of PCOS.
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