Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a disease that occurs when an imbalance of hormones takes root in a woman’s body. With excess androgens, or male hormones, a woman may become infertile, lose her hair, grow hair in unexpected (and sometimes embarrassing) places, experience extreme emotional stress in the form of anxiety and depression, and have irregular or nonexistent menstruation. Though this sounds bad, the list of symptoms unfortunately does not stop there, as women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also suffer from: ovarian cysts, skin conditions, weight gain, pain in the pelvic region, skin tags, and sleep apnea.
Many people may assume that, because the condition is one that is acknowledged by modern medicine, it is also one that can be cured. Unfortunately for five to ten percent of the population of women of childbearing age, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a condition that is still largely unfamiliar to the medical and scientific worlds. This being said, there is some hope for those that face the pain of the disease.
Doctors may not be able to cure the root problem, but they can treat the symptoms. In fact, some of the treatments have been shown to improve the condition! Doctors may start patients with this illness on medications for various issues, such as birth control to regulate the menstrual cycle or hormones to boost ovulation. Additionally, medications to reduce the excessive hair growth that some women experience can be prescribed.
Due to the link between this condition and insulin resistance, as well as the ability of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) to cause Type 2 Diabetes, diabetes medications, such as metformin, are sometimes used to help fight this illness.
A last resort for women facing infertility that have not responded to other treatment, surgery may be performed to induce ovulation or to remove ovarian cysts, if the case is severe. Of course, invasive surgery is never the first choice of doctors.
A Natural Change of Pace
Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) often respond well to changes in their lifestyle. Insulin resistance has been indicated as a possible suspect when it comes to the causes of this devastating illness, so reducing the intake of processed foods and sugars, as well as increasing the amount of fruits, and vegetables in one’s diet, can help the body fight its hormonal imbalance. Additionally, women with PCOS (Polycysti