The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) disease, also known as the polycystic ovary disease is a metabolic abnormality in women, especially women of reproductive age. PCOS is identified as the most common cause of infertility in women. According to studies, PCOS is prevalent in almost 36% of Indian female adolescents.
Image reference: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Fertility – Dr. Sundar Narayan (M.D, DIP LAP, DIP ART, DIP US)
Yes, the PCOD disease in females is actually grave, especially in India and other developing in underdeveloped countries. While it is essential to seek treatment for PCOS or PCOD problem at the earliest, the challenge lies in women understanding and identifying the symptoms of PCOS.
No, weight gain or obesity not the only symptom of PCOS/ PCOD! Though weight gain is an obvious indication of women developing the polycystic ovarian disease, here are some more symptoms which you must not overlook.
Menstrual dysfunction: Hormonal imbalance due to PCOS causes reduced ovulatory events, which leads to deficient progesterone secretion affecting the natural menstrual cycle in women. So, if you are having irregular or missed periods, go for a PCOS check-up.
Hirsutism: If you are find abnormal facial or body hair growth you must undergo PCOS test. More than 10% women affected with PCOS suffers from the hirsutism condition. This is because, when you are affected with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), your ovaries start producing excessive amount of androgens leading to abnormal or male type hair growth on the face and other body parts.
Acne: Yes, acne not only looks ugly on our face but is also an indication of polycystic ovarian disease. How? PCOS causes secretion of excessive testosterone in the body which in turn increases the production of sebum in the skin cells leading to acne. However, not every woman with hormonal acne is affected by PCOS. It is best to do a confirmed blood test for PCOS.
Baldness: But how can baldness and excessive hair growth both be symptoms of the same disease? Secretion of excessive androgen which causes excessive hair growth in some women, may also lead to hair loss and baldness, especially at the front of your head. This condition is also identified as “female pattern hair loss”. The sad news is hair loss due to PCOD is permanent. The good news, you can stimulate new hair growth with proper PCOD treatment.
Acanthosis nigricans: It is a skin condition caused due to polycystic ovarian disease. In case, you find a velvety thickening and hyperpigmentation of the skin, make sure you visit the doctor and start treatment for PCOS. Acanthosis nigricans is the result of insulin resistance caused due to PCOD.
Today, one in every ten Indian women is affected by PCOS. Though PCOS can be controlled and cured by proper treatment, lack of general awareness of its common symptoms helps PCOS remain undetected unless it probes serious health issues in women.
At Its Healthy Moms, we have helped many girls to reverse their PCOD/PCOS just by changing their eating pattern and guiding them to make appropriate lifestyle changes.
You can be one of them too.