PCOS, a hormonal disorder that can stay with a woman for a lifetime is more common now than ever. 1 in every 10 women of childbearing age has PCOS. The hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems affect their overall health and appearance. Spreading awareness about this particular issue is very important as many don’t even know about the impacts it has.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has no particular diagnosis, but the doctor usually discusses the medical history of the patient and on the basis of the symptoms the patient is diagnosed with.
Some of the symptoms are mainly, Missed periods, irregular periods, or very light periods, Weight gain, especially around the belly (abdomen), Acne or oily skin, excess body hair, including the chest, stomach, and back (hirsutism), and few others.
PCOS is treated depending on a number of factors, including age, health, and severity of symptoms. It also depends on whether or not you plan on having a baby. If you do, a healthy diet, physical activity, and medications to help ovulation might help you. Whereas, if you do not then the treatments include, birth control pills to regulate the menstrual cycle, diabetes medication to lower insulin resistance, a change in diet and activity, and medications to reduce hair growth and acne.
One recent meta-analysis concluded that markers of inflammation are 96% higher in women with PCOS compared to those without the syndrome.
PCOS can also lead to serious mental health issues including, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Living an active lifestyle may help with it but if not reach out to your close ones related to your problems or seek psychological help.