Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the Leading Cause of Infertility in Young Women


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What is PCOS and how did I get it?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is also referred to as PCOD, polycystic ovary disease, is the most common disorder found in premenopausal women affecting 7% across all races and nationalities.

Women with PCOS have high levels of hormones, specifically androgens; they have irregular periods and many small cysts in their ovaries.  Other signs are acne and extra facial and body hair because of the high hormone levels.   PCOS is also the leading cause of hormonal infertility.

Somewhere between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing years has PCOS, with symptoms first appearing normally around the start of menstruation.  Again, here is another example of how important monitoring your menstrual cycle like a vital sign can be.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an inherited disease and has been associated with heart disease risk factors of weight gain, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and diabetes.

PCOS can be caused by insulin resistance and may take the form of numerous symptoms, like weight gain around the abdomen.  The drug metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes has been found to help with PCOS symptoms.  Though not approved by the FDA for this treatment metformin affects the way insulin controls blood glucose and lowers testosterone production.

Depression and anxiety can also be a side effect.  Hormone supplementation, diet and exercise can help manage the symptoms.   Again, seek the advice of a qualified medical professional that is experienced and knowledgeable in treating this disease.

For more information contact  pcos.org