Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal condition that affects about one in 10 women of childbearing age, according to the Office on Women's Health. With this condition, women suffer from increased levels of certain hormones, including insulin and androgens. This imbalance of hormones can cause a decline in medical wellness and many problematic symptoms. Many women who have PCOS are unaware of it. If you suspect that you may have this condition, here's what you should know about it.
PCOS can manifest in a variety of different symptoms that affect a patient's medical wellness. Women with this condition can have symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms can also change through the years as women enter different stages of their hormonal cycles.
Common symptoms include irregular periods, excessive hair growth, skin conditions, reduced fertility, stress, depression, weight problems, sleep issues, and more. Note that a woman doesn’t have to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with PCOS, but if you experience more than one item on this list, it's definitely worth talking to your doctor about a possible PCOS diagnosis.
The exact cause of the hormonal imbalances seen in PCOS is unknown. The condition could be caused by genetics, lifestyle, or even environment. It is believed that PCOS can also be hereditary. Many women with this condition also have a family member with a PCOS diagnosis.
Hormones can also play a huge role in this condition. Increased levels of insulin may cause the ovaries to function improperly, therefore leading to higher levels of androgens. Insulin resistance is also seen in many women with PCOS. This causes the body to block glucose from going into cells properly. In turn, the body will then make more insulin. This can be caused by being overweight, but it can also cause a patient to become overweight.
If you notice any symptoms of PCOS, you should visit your doctor. Early diagnosis and intervention can help relieve symptoms and prevent other health conditions from developing. This condition is diagnosed using blood tests and ultrasound.
If you suspect you might have PCOS and are concerned about your health, please contact Keystone Medical Wellness. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.