Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition which occurs due to the hormonal imbalance in women. It may make you suffer from irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, and acne. It’s a common heath problem among teen girls and young women, such that almost every 1 out of 10 women is known to suffer from PCOS. The affected women can experience irregular periods, extra hair on their face, acne, weight gain, and the patches of dark skin on the back of the neck.
In PCOS, your ovaries fail to receive the right hormonal signals from the pituitary gland. These signals are important since without these signals you won’t be able to ovulate (make eggs) every month. This may cause irregularity in your periods or you may not get a period at all.
How Regular Menstrual Cycle Occurs?
Generally, a regular menstrual cycle occurs as below.
- Your menstrual cycle begins when your brain releases the hormone such as LH and FSH to the ovaries.
- A sudden rush of LH is the signal makes your ovaries to release an egg.
- Once the egg released, it travels down the fallopian tube and enters into the uterus.
- If the egg does not fertilize, then the lining of the uterus breaks down. This is called menstrual period.
- After your menstrual period is over, the cycle starts all over again.
How PCOS Affects The Menstrual Cycle Of The Women?
Women with PCOS have an irregular menstrual cycle. Find below how PCOS affects the women’s menstrual cycle.
- In the PCOS affected women, LH hormone is usually high when the menstrual cycle starts.
- As the LH hormone levels are quite high, there is no sudden rush of LH hormone that is called LH surge.
- Without the LH surge, ovulation does not occur and periods become irregular.
- Girls with PCOS may ovulate occasionally or may not ovulate. This causes variation in periods, such as some women may not get a period at all or may be too close or far apart.
What Is An Ovarian Cyst?
Polycystic ovaries mean there are a lot of tiny cysts developed inside the ovaries. Some women may have a few cysts and some may have many cysts. Even if you have a lot of cysts, they are not harmful and they need not be removed.
Why Acne & Unwanted Hair Affect Women PCOS?
Acne and unwanted hairs growth occur when the women secrete the hormone called testosterone. Women with PCOS secrete much more amount of testosterone as compared to normal women. Even a small amount of testosterone makes your skin cells and hair follicles sensitive, and this causes acne and unwanted hair growth.
Why Do Dark Patches Occur In Women With PCOS?
Dark colored patches in PCOS occur when the insulin secretion is high. High insulin secretion may develop dark color patches on the back of your neck, under arms, and in your groin area.
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How The PCOS Is Diagnosed?
Your health care provider will most likely advice you to go for the blood test to check your hormone levels, blood sugar, lipid profile, and ultrasound test. In ultrasound test, the sound waves are used to make a picture of your ovaries, uterus, and bladder. Girls with PCOS usually have slightly larger ovaries (>10cc in volume) and may have multiple tiny cysts.
How PCOS And Infertility Are Related?
Even though women suffering from PCOS tend to have a normal uterus and healthy eggs, many of these women find it difficult to get pregnant while some of them may not face this trouble at all. The ovulation process in women with PCOS varies, as some women ovulate a mature egg occasionally while others fail to ovulate mature egg. Sperm needs a mature egg for fertilization. The fertility treatment is required to maintain the release of mature of eggs and increase the chances of pregnancy.
Once you told you to have PCOS, you may feel sad and frustrating, particularly if you are working hard to keep your weight normal or having excess body hair, acne, or irregular periods. However, it is also important to know that you are not alone. Find a doctor who knows about the right treatment for PCOS and someone you feel to talk freely.
The conventional system of medicine involves the oral contraceptive pills for regularizing the irregular periods and giving a temporary relief. However, this is not the permanent solution. When it comes to the alternative system of medicine, homeopathy will offer the best alternative treatment for PCOS. Homeopathy treats and cures the root cause of the problem, and it depends on several factors such as:
- The extent of PCOS
- The physiological health of women
- Other factors of women health, such as obesity, and diet pattern has to be controlled and maintained for an effective and long-lasting positive results.
The homeopathy treatment may also open the possibility of becoming fertile in the future once the condition is effectively addressed by homeopathy. To know more about homeopathy and treatment for PCOS, you can get in touch with our doctors at +91 -2266888888 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Written by Dr. Kshama, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah
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