Polycystic Ovary Syndrome widely known as PCOS is more common than WE imagine. PCOS affects at least one in ten women.So many women suffer from the syndrome without even knowing it. This is likely so because of an incorrect diagnosis or lack of healthcare access.
PCOS Is a hormonal disorder, a hormonal imbalance in women who are of childbearing age, which can range from early teenage years to mid-40’s. PCOS causes a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels to be imbalanced, leading to the growth of cysts inside the ovaries, irregular periods, irregular hair growth, cardiac issues, weight gain, as well as many other health issues. This disorder affects each individual woman differently, making it difficult to diagnose, and is often misdiagnosed as a thyroid issue.
Sadly, as at now, there is no direct cause associated with PCOS, but doctors believe a hormonal imbalance and genetics are the primary causes. It is also believed that overproduction of the male sex hormone known as androgen hormone could be a cause, though what may cause the overproduction is also unknown.
Symptoms of this disorder also vary from woman to woman.The Symptoms can begin to manifest as early as a woman’s first menstrual period.The symptoms may include irregular periods, infertility, weight gain, ovarian cysts, and irregular hair growth.
With weight gain, PCOS symptoms could become more severe. Some other health problems may occur due to PCOS, such as diabetes and endometrial cancer, amongst others.
A woman suffering from PCOS will have infertility issues and may struggle with getting pregnant due to the lack of egg release. In some cases, the women may not release any eggs at all, while other women may release eggs occasionally, making it hard to pregnant.
Women who have PCOS and are trying to conceive may need to work directly with their doctor for treatment and management to increase their chances of becoming pregnant.