Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: a Burning Issue

Working women have a dual burden of working for the family and taking care of the family at the same. Due to such increased demands, she often suffers from lifestyle diseases. Statistically, about 18% women are affected by Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In another health survey, India leads the chart with 1 in 4 women suffering from PCOS a disorder which causes infertility among women.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: a Burning Issue

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.

PCOS Causes:

There are many theories based on the causes of PCOS and its risk factors.

  • Age
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Pre-existing conditions like diabetes

PCOS Diagnosis:

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
  • Acne
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Hair thinning
  • Weight gain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility

PCOS Complications:

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
  • Diabetes

PCOS Treatments:

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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