Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome occurs when the ovaries or adrenal glands produce increased amounts of male hormones than normal. This condition may lead to the growth of cysts on the ovaries. PCOS is seen more in women who are obese.
Symptoms Of PCOS
Women who have PCOS may experience:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Excessive Facial Or body hair growth
- Scalp hair loss
- Mood Changes
Complications of PCOS can include:
- Gestational Diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Type 2 Diabetes or prediabetes
- Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss diet and diet which decreases insulin resistance and increased physical activity may help. Dietary modification and increased physical activity may be suggested by the doctor to treat PCOS. Obesity is one of the common factors seen in women with PCOS.