Have you lately been missing your periods or has there been fluctuation in your weight recently?
These can be some symptoms to look out for PCOS that is polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS can occur at any time after a female reaches her reproductive age or starts menstruating. This type of condition occurs when there is an excess of androgen in a female body. As the name suggests polycystic ovary syndrome refers to the several small cysts that form in the ovaries. But it is to be remembered that all females do not have cysts in their ovaries. Neither ever women has similar symptoms, it can largely vary from one person to another.
Some of the known common symptoms of this conditions are:
Weight fluctuation (gaining weight in most cases)
Hair growth (mostly in face)
Oily skin and breakouts
Though these are some of the most common symptoms, these symptoms can occur in other cases such as hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorder. It is always wise to consult a specialist in such cases.
In the long run PCOS can cause other chronic conditions as well such Type-2 diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular problems, high blood etc. Polycystic ovary syndrome is largely known to be incurable but bringing about certain changes can bring positive effects such as :
Firstly and foremost, maintaining a healthy body weight. Coming out of sedentary lifestyle habits can significantly improve PCOS conditions. Maintaining a healthy body weight can in turn help normal hormonal production and also would lead to proper functioning of the ovaries.
Second important factor is following a healthy diet. When you have PCOS your body is not able to use the insulin effectively. Therefore, it is important to stay away from refined sugar, processed and packaged foods etc. One should instead prefer home cooked meals.
Other than this, practicing yoga and increasing Vitamin D and calcium intakes, avoiding unnecessary stress, and having 6-7 of good night's sleep helps as well.
Bottom line: Practicing some healthy habits regularly can be beneficial in PCOS.