Today, we would like to share the common signs of PCOS in women and how it impacts woman’s ability to conceive naturally. Around 15%-20% of women in their childbearing age suffer from PCOS. PCOS occurs when there is a sudden hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body and usually leads to poor functioning of ovaries.
What are the possible factors causing PCOS?
PCOS is mostly found in women who have hereditary PCOS records. Women may have high levels of insulin and hence, increased rise in androgen hormone production affecting the development and release of eggs during ovulation. Overweight women due to metabolic disturbance are at higher risk of PCOS.
- Facial acne and excessive hair growth on face, chest and stomach
- Thinning of hair/extreme hairfall
- Dark skin patches
- Sudden weight gain
- Pelvic pains
- Headaches and Sleep apnea
- Anxiety, Depression and Fatigue
How PCOS affects my chances to become pregnant?
If you have PCOS, you are likely to have irregular periods (due to failure of ovulation) and hence, find it difficult to conceive. During PCOS treatment in India, medications such as Metformin and insulin may be recommended to control the sugar levels and to stabilize the insulin resistance. Fertility medications like clomiphene citrate and Gonadotrophins are used in controlled amounts to stimulate the ovaries in PCOS during ivf treatment. If you suffer from PCOS and trying to conceive, you most probably will require guidance and treatment from an infertility specialist.
PCOS occurs commonly in young girls but is not confined to any specific age group of women. In fact, girls as early as 13 years are suffering from PCOS. PCOS can manifest in different ways in different women and a few may suffer more than others in terms of irregular cycles, weight gain and infertility. Through this blog, we wish to encourage women to follow healthy habits such as eating a nutritious diet, daily exercise and keep a regular track on menstrual cycles. This will help them maintain hormonal balance and hence, keep PCOS away.
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