What is PCOS? Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Updated: Sep 14, 2022
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects the ovaries and endocrine system with imbalance of androgens, resulting in a combination of symptoms. This article provides a general overview of polycystic ovary syndrome, its causes and potential treatments.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), also known as polycystic ovaries, is a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. PCOS is a condition that may affect the ovaries and lead to irregular menstrual cycles. PCOS is one of the most common hormone-related disorders in women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 10% of the population. PCOS is also one of the most common cause of infertility in women.
PCOS symptoms may include menstrual cycles that are either absent or irregular (e.g., occurring every two or three months), excess hair growth on the face and body, acne and unwanted weight gain. Other symptoms of PCOS can include trouble getting pregnant, endometrial hyperplasia, and metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
Potential PCOS Causes
The precise cause of PCOS is unknown, though it is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors. Researchers note a higher incidence of PCOS in women who are overweight, who have a family history of the condition, and who are diagnosed with the condition before the age of 25.
Treatment Options for PCOS
There is no known cure for PCOS, though many of its symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes and treatment. If you are diagnosed with PCOS, it’s important to be open and honest with your doctor about your symptoms.
- Lifestyle Changes: Exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet low in sugar and food with a high glycemic index, maintaining a healthy weight and getting enough sleep are key components of managing PCOS. Traditional Chinese Medicine in UAE is always here for you.
- Medications: There are several medications and supplements that can help manage PCOS symptoms.
If you suffer irregular periods, acne, abnormal hair growth, weight gain or a combination of these symptoms it is recommended to see a doctor and get tested for PCOS in order to address symptoms at an early state and improve fertility. Preventive medicine in Dubai is always at your service.
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