Women having PCOS usually experience abnormal periods or amenorrhea (absence of periods) and some women may confuse absence of periods with pregnancy, thereby leading to more problems. This is why; women with PCOS should seek early treatment for menstruation induction.
An irregular period cycle occurs if you have:
- Eight or less menstrual cycles per year
- Menstrual cycles longer than 35 days
What are the possible symptoms of PCOS?
- Excessive weight gain
- Absence or mild periods
- Frequent periods with heavy bleeding
- Sleep issues
- Hair loss
What are the common culprits of frequent periods with heavy bleeding?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Around 1 out 15 women is identified with PCOS. In this condition, the eggs formed do not release resulting in increased progesterone levels and sometimes, severe bleeding.
This is the foremost menstrual sign that shows a hormonal imbalance and ovulation failures.
Severe health condition or infection
Women having conditions like uterine polyps and fibroids; poor thyroid functioning; prolonged antibiotic use; chlamydia and gonorrhea contribute to irregular periods along with severe bleeding.
What are the future risks of PCOS in younger women?
- High cholesterol levels
- Endometrial cancer
- Heart attack
- Breast cancer
How can my periods be regularized if I have PCOS?
Clomiphene is the first-line treatment for infertile women because of PCOS to promote ovulation.
Intake of hormonal contraception pills
Your doctor may prescribe you Clomiphene, progesterone supplements, low-dose contraceptives, intra-uterine devices etc. to give you relief from severe menstrual cramps, increased acne and hair growth issues.
Common side effects of hormonal pills:
- Mood swings
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Abdominal bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Abnormal bleeding
These side effects may vary upon the level of oestrogen and progesterone content in the pill/device.
Metformin is an insulin-sensitizing medicine that helps improve period regularity and promotes ovulation. Through metformin, insulin sensitivity can be improved by monitoring glucose production in your body.
Metformin is a less effective option and has same side effects as that of oral contraception. Few women choose Metformin to get temporary relief from abdominal bloating, weight issues and nauseatic feelings.
Have a healthy well-balanced diet and follow an exercise regime to keep your body weight in control. Have adequate sleep of 7-8 hours every day to stabilize insulin levels. These non-medical methods will significantly help you in overcoming PCOS naturally.
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