Quick fact! Polycystic ovary syndrome is a major health concern that affects about 1 out of 10 women in childbearing age. Here is all you need to know.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal condition in women, which affects the way the ovary works and can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. It can also lead to the following:
Although, various treatments can help subdue the symptoms and improve your chances of conceiving without complications; this medical condition has no cure yet. Therefore, getting adequate and timely medical advice immediately you notice the symptoms is essential, as it can help prevent any form of complications.
PCOS can result in hormonal imbalance in a woman’s reproductive system. Such imbalance often leads to problems in the ovaries, including late and irregular periods.
Hormones are produced by the body to ensure the proper functioning of the body systems. Some of these functions are related to your ability to conceive and other issues concerning your menstrual cycle. Some of these hormones include the following;
There are some misconceptions concerning the causes of PCOS among women. However, you may be more likely to have polycystic ovary syndrome if:
Sometimes when we experience issues like oily skin, missed period, obesity, we often believe these issues are a normal part of life. But some of them may be signs that you have the polycystic ovarian syndrome.
The condition has varieties of symptoms, and you may not experience all of them. It is typical for a lot of women not to experience some of these symptoms until after an extended period, or even years.
If you notice some or several of the above-listed symptoms, inform your doctor immediately. Prompt treatment should be able to ease these problems. The sooner you kick start your treatment, the sooner you start feeling relieved.
Once you schedule an appointment with your doctor, one of the first few questions your GP will ask are the symptoms you experience. Once this has been entirely stated out, the doctor will examine you. Questions about your periods and your medical history will be asked as well while looking for any signs of polycystic ovary syndrome. Your GP might perform either of the following tests.
If your GP notices that you have severe PCOS or infertility issues, he will refer you to a specialist doctor for treatment.
Whereas no cure for polycystic ovary syndrome exists yet, some medications can help to reduce the effects of the symptoms to the barest minimum, improve your chances of conceiving and prevent complications.
Since there is no treatment for all the symptoms of the polycystic ovarian syndrome, your treatment will focus on managing specific symptoms. In other words, the treatment option will depend on the situation at hand and the signs that you manifest. Some of these treatments may include:
Your doctor’s choice of medication will largely depend on whether or not you are planning to get pregnant, your medical condition and the symptoms. For example, if you are not planning to get pregnant, the following medicines will help to reduce the symptoms
On the other hand, the following medicines may help if you are trying to get pregnant
Your doctor may suggest the use of operation to improve your fertility level. This method is more appropriate if medicines administered are not working.
For patients trying to have a baby, the ‘keyhole’ procedure will be used to reduce the number of tissues in your ovaries and the hormonal imbalance as well. The process will help your ovaries to start releasing eggs.
However, your doctor will only consider surgery if other methods have failed, or when your situation is severe.
Making suitable changes in your daily activities can also help to control some of these symptoms while improving your fertility level. Here are a few things you may do to help:
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