PCOS: The Girl Disease that’s becoming Rampant

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PCOS are becoming more and more prevalent. From diet to lifestyle and genetics, all are major reasons for the rise of this occurrence.

The sad part of the deal is, most women don’t even discover they are suffering from PCOS until they try to conceive. And that is where problems begin!

What are PCOS?

PCOS

Yes, it is becoming that common. The thing is, this disease does not end on its own. It gives way to quite a few other health problems like diabetes, heart conditions and even infertility.

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition where women develop multiple water filled cysts in their one or both ovaries. It also gives rise to the presence of male hormone androgen in their bodies. This in turn increases baldness, adult acne and excessive hair growth. What’s more, if left untreated, it could lead to infertility too.

Who is at Risk?

There are no guarantees whether or not you will have this disease. Yes, it can be genetically transferred but that may not always be the case. For many women, the discovery of PCOS is in their 20’s to 30’s, but the problem could have occurred any time after puberty.

All women from all ethnicities and races are at risk. But if you have weight issues, are obese or suffer from some hormonal conditions, you are more likely to have this problem.

Signs and Symptoms of PCOS

PCOS

Some of the most common symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle. There are some women who lose their ability to have menses each month.
  • Loss of hair is another common problem with women who have PCOS. This is because of high dose of androgen hormone in body.
  • Excessive facial hair is one of the biggest giveaways of PCOS. About 70% of women have this problem when they have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
  • Acne is recurrent among adult women suffering from this problem. The acne can occur on face, back and chest.
  • For people with this problem, losing weight is very difficult. Some women even start gaining once they develop the condition.
  • Skin darkening or skin flaps are another problem with women who develop PCOS.

Studies in Pakistan have clearly shown that women who had PCOS are more likely to face infertility. Problem is, most women in this region do not take the signs and symptoms seriously and by the time they discover they have PCOS, the situation has become severe.

It is essential that women are made more aware of PCOS and what causes them. Use of fattening food and hormonally treated food items like chicken, eggs and dairy is the number one cause of PCOS development among young girls. They need to avoid the use or opt for whole, organic dairy products. Only when women know the underlying dangers would the problem of PCOS have any chances of diminishing.

Sources:
https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4485297/
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