Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)


Polycystic ovary syndrome remains a common hormonal disorder for women in their childbearing years. Women who experience PCOS notice numerous cysts along the edge of each ovary, cysts that cause pain and alter hormonal levels, and while the exact causes of the condition remains unknown, doctors do speculate that the following symptoms may occur:

Abnormalities to the Menstrual Cycle: Menstrual cycles can occur in irregular intervals, such as 35-day cycles, or the ovaries may not menstruate at all.
 
Androgen Levels: Elevated levels of androgens can lead to an increase in female-pattern baldness and elevate the amount of facial hair and acne.
 
Polycystic Ovaries: Ultrasounds may notice a number of cysts along the ovaries
 
Causes
Fetal Development: Exposure to high levels of androgen hormones during the fetal life can prevent normal genes from functioning as intended. With gene functionality being altered, the likelihood of insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation can increase.
 
Insulin: When the pancreas starts to produce too much insulin, the body cannot use the hormone and can lead to a boost in androgen hormones
 
Low-Grade Inflammation: White blood cells can produce substances that increase the resistance to insulin and cholesterol, issues that reduce the ability of the body to fight infection. And because researchers have linked PCOS with low-grade inflammation, the two conditions seemed linked together.
 
Treatment 
Doctors often recommend one of two treatment options: medication or surgery.
  1. Medications: Drugs will regulate your menstrual cycle and balance your hormonal levels to quell the increase of androgen hormones. Drugs will too help reduce facial hair and improve the ovulation cycle.
  2. Surgery: Doctors will perform a laparoscopic ovarian to burn small holes into the ovaries to stimulate ovulation and to produce the necessary hormones to prevent PCOS.

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