Pearl women’s hospital & Yash IVF is the Best IVF hospital of repute and has seen increased cases of PCOS. The alarming rise of PCOS is seen all over irrespective of geographical locations. Urbanisation has taken a toll on the health of women. The silver lining of the issue is, that there is increasing awareness and all are equally involved.
Increased footfall at our hospital, as well as awareness workshops for screening at remote places, have prompted us to go much deeper. A lot of research has been done in this domain & conclusions are drawn, many guidelines are formed, so we thought of writing this Blog.
In this blog, we will address the followings:
- What is PCOS?
- What causes PCOS?
- What are the symptoms of PCOD?
- How common is PCOS?
- What are the symptoms of PCOD?
- How to confirm, whether you are suffering from PCOD?
- PCOD in nutshell.
Let’s start with PCOD in general. PCOD stands for Polycystic Ovarian Disorder. PCOD is not a disease. The disease is caused by an external agent like bacteria, viruses, fungi, or through vectors (like mosquitoes, bites, etc.).Every disease has an external agent that enters the body, causing pathological changes in the body. Initially, these changes are not seen or felt. As the disease gets established in the body, symptoms appear. These symptoms force us to go to the doctor.
PCOD is a metabolic disorder caused by hormonal changes in the body. Hormones are the secretions of ductless glands. These hormones are the secretions or chemicals secreted in the body which carry out different functions. These chemicals flow through the blood to the different organs of the body.
Hormones control many activities in the body like” growth & development, metabolism, blood pressure and blood sugar regulation, water balance and body temperature, Making & maturation of sex organ and Mood.”
What & How of PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common metabolic disorder due to hormonal imbalances. Hormones are chemical messages in the blood. In PCOS, two hormones (androgens and insulin) are responsible for the symptoms related to PCOS. 1 out of 5 women has PCOS.
What causes PCOS?
The probable known causes of PCOS are; acquired through family, hormones that are increased during our development in the womb before birth, and lifestyle.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
The symptoms of PCOS are wide & different by age group.
Some of the symptoms often felt & related to,
- Periods (menstruation) that are irregular & blood flow variation (heavy or light)
- Excess facial hair growth
- Loss of hair on the top portion scalp
- Severe acne (pimples)
- Weight gain
- Difficulties in getting pregnant
- Increased risk of diabetes Or Blood pressure.
A combination of the above symptoms may be present and often a dilemma for the investigation. PCOD is a syndrome based that means, it has many symptoms of many health conditions.
How common is PCOS?
Almost 1 in 5 women suffers from PCODHow to confirm, whether you are suffering from PCOD?
“To know this, you should meet at least two of the three criteria.
- Periods that are more or less frequent than the monthly schedule.
2 Symptoms such as acne, and blood test showing higher levels of androgen.
3 Ultrasound of your ovaries (showing more than 20 follicles.).
You do not need to have an ultrasound if you have 1) and 2).
For younger women within 8 years of periods starting 1 and 2 are needed for diagnosis.
In adult women, if only 1 or 2 are present then an ultrasound can be performed“.
Control PCOS before it controls you
What can you do if you have PCOS?
Diet and weight monitoring is a very important aspect of managing PCOS. As it is important for avoiding future complications. It is of utmost importance to seek medical advice at the earliest and adhere to it completely. The Wiser option of PCOD treatment handles the side effects as well as overall health impact which is measurable, accurate, and in line with the guidelines.
In nutshell, PCOS is common and you are not alone.
- PCOS can have features that change over the period.
- PCOS affects individuals differently and treatments need to be tailored to your needs.
- There are many health impacts of Untreated PCOD.
- Learning as much as you can about PCOS is important.
- Treatment can reduce symptoms and the risk of later complications.
- Lifestyle modification has a great impact.
- Effective treatments are available.
- Evidence-based information and support are available.
We have excellence in treating such cases and managing the progression of PCOD over other health concerns. Pearl Women’s hospital and Yash IVF have a holistic approach that offers umbrella services of Dietician, Physiotherapy, stress management coach, and lifestyle counselors offline as well as online.
Pearl Women’s hospital and Yash IVF is the center of excellence in women’s health issues & is located centrally at Deccan, Pune. The vision of Dr. Chaitanya Ganapule & his team has created a roadmap of affordable treatments which are transparent and clear. We are dedicated to winning the patient’s trust every time without compromising the guiding principles.