PCOS (Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome) and What You Should Know.
Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder which affects every one in ten women. PCOS is one of the causes of female infertility. Many women trying to get pregnant face barriers because they miss their period and therefore miss ovulation. PCOS is therefore linked with reproductive health. What contraception to use for women with PCOS depends greatly. Hormonal contraception like birth control can work for some women but not for others. It is always beneficial to speak to a doctor or specialists as everyone’s hormonal levels vary.
It is not always necessary that women with PCOS can not have children. There are various treatments that can help women with PCOS conceive. One example for conceiving is to engage in copulation during ovulation. Another method can be IVF.
PCOS can be diagnosed when there are irregular ovulation periods in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Women have irregular period with the time duration in between one to six months.
A woman with PCOS will have high levels of androgen in their body. Even though androgen is found in both men and women, men possess high levels of the hormone and it helps with the development of male genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics.
High blood sugar levels cause hormonal imbalance and can order the ovaries to make more testosterone. Androgen helps make that happen. High blood sugar leads to high androgen which leads to high testosterone which leads to PCOS. High blood sugar is the result of insulin resistance. When our cells get used to a certain amount of insulin they demand more which causes high blood sugar levels.
PCOS is diagnosed when ovarian cysts are discovered on a woman’s ovaries via ultrasound.
PCOS has undiscovered roots. The main cause of PCOS is unknown but much research has been conducted to conclude that it may be genetic as well as environmental.
Common symptoms of PCOS include:
- Weight gain
- Facial hair
- Dark hair growth on the belly and breasts
- Difficulty conceiving
- Irregular periods
PCOS does not have a cure, however, it is manageable. Exercise, a good diet as well as alternative lifestyle choices can decrease PCOS symptoms.
The best way to decrease high blood sugar levels is through a good diet. Foods such as…:
- Lemon or cucumber diffused water
- Olive oil
- Lean meat
- Peanut butter
…helps manage PCOS.
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