The month of September is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) awareness month, and it is as important for those of us who specialize in infertility treatment as it is for young women who are planning to get pregnant but are diagnosed with PCOS.
Until recently, PCOS was over diagnosed and most often misunderstood. Now with official PCOS guidelines and information being updated each day, we can now more accurately diagnose women with PCOS and help patients lead healthier lives, both for themselves and their future families. Once women get diagnosed with PCOS,they need to make changes to their diet for the better and adopt lifestyle modification before beginning to talk about possible future fertility health.
PCOS is one of the common causes of anovulatory infertility
There is a state of Hormonal imbalance and a state of hyperandrogenemia(excess of male hormones)in women with PCOS.This is then the root cause of both physical as well as reproductive side effects exhibited by women with this condition. Most women with PCOS tend to experience irregular ovulation, or anovulation(do not ovulate ) and this tends to be one of the leading causes of infertility in women.
Diet and lifestyle play an important role in this condition as obesity aggravates the condition and causes increased insulin resistance.
Some of the common symptoms may include
Irregular ovulation, typically indicated by skipped or completely absent periods
● Depression or anxiety
● Sleep apnea
● Acne, oily skin or dandruff
● Male pattern hair thinning/baldness
● Excess weight, especially around the middle
Polycystic appearance of the ovaries on ultrasound
If one or more of the above symptoms look familiar to you, make sure you contact Best Hospital for PCOS Treatment in Chennai to discuss whether or not PCOS is the cause.
Are there treatments for PCOS to get pregnant?
Regardless of whether or not you want to get pregnant, it is important to control the symptoms. Because obesity and eventual insulin resistance is so common, women with PCOS are at higher risk for several other medical conditions (the metabolic syndrome)that include
- Diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance before the age of 40(Above 50%)
- Higher Levels of bad cholesterol and lower levels of good cholesterol.
- Sleep Apnea, often related to excessive weight gain.
1) Making Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Changes: . Weight loss of even 7-10%of their weight leads to many positive changes in their hormonal profile and reversed some of the ill effects .
Most women with PCOS will be able to stabilize their blood sugar levels naturally once they lose weight .Once the pieces are in place, they will have more energy to support a regular exercise program that will continue to reward them with a positive health cycle. eating more frequent, small meals and paying attention to food portion and fresh ingredients will help counteract the inflammatory response.
2) Birth Control Pills: they help women with PCOS get back to a regular menstrual cycle it will also improve the hormonal profile and correct imbalance.They also have added benefits of lowering androgen levels and help control acne.
3) Taking Metformin: Metformin works to regulate blood sugar levels in those with impaired glucose intolerance. It can help women with PCOS to lose weight, and begin ovulating more regularly. Later on, you may have to consult best fertility centre in Chennai for fertility treatments to have a baby if your body does not ovulate in response to the above treatments.
4)ovulation induction -in case women remain anovulatory,they may require ovulation induction with oral medicines or gonadotropin injections to induce ovulation.follicular study to monitor the response is essential to detect lack of response as well as an exaggerated response(ovarian hyper stimulation ).
Do you suspect you have PCOS? Do you know someone who does? Well, use this month of September to spread