Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is fairly common among women of reproductive age. As many as 1 in 5 women may experience this condition, which is linked to high levels of certain hormones, particularly insulin.
Women with PCOS can be resistant to insulin. This encourages the body to produce more insulin in a bid to counteract it. The vicious cycle can affect hormones such as testosterone, which then become imbalanced too.
If you have PCOS, your ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs. Because it affects how the ovaries work, PCOS can have a negative impact on fertility.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown but it can run in families. Diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
When to see a doctor about PCOS symptoms?
See your doctor if you have concerns about your menstrual periods, if you’re experiencing infertility or if you have signs of excess androgens such as worsening hirsutism, acne, and male-pattern baldness.
PCOS can affect your fertility but this may be overcome with the correct treatment and support. Nutrition and lifestyle can be crucial in managing PCOS and its impact on fertility. Please contact us for more information and to connect with others with the same condition.
Symptoms of PCOS
Signs and symptoms of PCOS may vary but a diagnosis is often made if you have been experiencing at least two of these signs: