It is quit easy to notice if something is going wrong with your health, you will notice the symptoms, go to your doctor, a test will show the situation on hand and then medications will be prescribed to treat the situation. However this is not the case with all health conditions and specially Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
While Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is usually associated to irregular menstruation, it is easy to blame the irregularity to other factors, as PCOS is characterized with slew diagnose which means that not one test can detect it, indeed only less than 50% of the women who have PCOS know they have it according to the PCOS Foundation. But it is actually a common ovulation condition that affects five to ten percent of the young menstruating women across the world.
Here’s all you need to know about the condition and how to detect it yourself.
What Are The Symptoms?
Just like there is not one single test to signify the presence of PCOS, there is not one specific symptoms either, however several symptoms such as irregular or absent periods, weight gain, excess hair growth in the face and chest, Acnes, weight gain and Infertility.
If all the above sound familiar to you then make sure to visit your doctor to do some blood tests to check hormones levels, usually levels of testosterone the male sex main hormone is increased. usually the Ovaries as well as the adrenaline glands produce testosterone naturally but when PCOS present the production tend to increase, and the glucose levels as well.
– It Doesn’t Always Show On Ultrasound.
Despite the name, not all women with PCOS have cysts on their Ovaries, those who have system are described as string or pearls and can easily be detected by ultrasound. The cysts are mainly caused by unreleased grown eggs that stay in the ovary and form cysts.
– It Is More About Weight.
PCOS can be a genetic problem, if your mother had it then you have 50% likelihood to have it too, however it is more associated with weight gain, it causes weight gain and it usually happens to those who are over weight, controlling your weight can help a lot in managing the abnormalities associated with the condition.
– Treatment Options Vary.
Usually the treatment is straightforward in this case, if no blood abnormalities or diabetes are addressed the medication is detected according to where you are in life, whether or not you are planning to get pregnant, if you are not planning then the Pill comes as the easiest remedy to control your Ovaries, force them to stop producing excessive testosterone and control your cycle.
But if you found out the situation after a period of difficulties trying to conceive and hoping to treat the situation in order to make a baby soon, then the best treatment in your case that would probably be prescribed from your gynecologist is a medication called Clomid to get you to ovulate.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome may be associated with Infertility or difficulties conceiving however with the medications there are high success rates.