Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal disorder which causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edge. It is quite common among women of reproductive age and may cause irregular or prolonged periods and also make pregnancy harder.
PCOS is a condition that affects the female reproductive system, primarily ovaries. The ovaries are responsible for the production of estrogen and progesterone (female hormones) and a small number of androgens. Because of PCOS, the ovaries enlarge in size and also start developing multiple fluid-filled sacs inside the ovary. This interferes with the ovulation process, leading to irregularity in ovulation and disturbing the hormonal balance.
Though PCOS is quite a common syndrome, it is rarely diagnosed. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
Despite the low rates of diagnosis of the condition, PCOS can have serious effects on health like:
Eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle can be very beneficial for the management of PCOS. Losing even five to ten per cent of the body weight can help in regulating the menstrual cycle and manage other PCOS symptoms. It also reduces the risk of various ailments associated with PCOS. Eating a low carbohydrate diet is highly recommended for women with PCOS. Similarly, it is also recommended to do exercises of moderate intensity at least three days in a week. Ask your doctor or gynaecologist for more recommendations about managing PCOS.
Besides diet and lifestyle changes, your doctor or gynaecologist may recommend you various medications to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS:
PCOS is a condition that can be managed to a great extent with the help of health professionals. Cloudnine’s specialized teams dealing with fertility, maternity, gynaecologists and other specialists can provide you immense help with PCOS. From diagnosis to treatment, to treating conditions like infertility, our team provides comprehensive care and deals effectively with any problem that PCOS may cause.