Friday, September 27

Women’s Health Edition 1: What is PCOS?

TGIF Everyone!

Lately I was speaking to one of my close friends, she recently went to a health check-up and she just came to know about PCOS. Initially it was difficult to her but now she is fighting against it! It wasn’t simple either easy at all, she is just married! I was surprised why wouldn’t she come to know about this in past, why now?  Do we women are much unaware of one’s own health?

How many of us took a medical/health examination, in general?  We just look into ourselves when we face a health problem, at some point!

Don’t worry I’m not going to lecture you in general, I’m just going to add some serious  women’s health related issues here to create some awareness through this blog space!  After all, as a woman it’s my responsibility to spread the word...This section is for YOU.

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What is PCOS?

PCOS- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
This is a common hormonal imbalance that occurs in 1 out of 10 woman and girls who are below age 11 can also get PCOS.  So there are some common signs of PCOS, they are
  • Irregular periods
  • No periods at all
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unwanted body hair
  • Obesity or various weight gain or weight loss issues
  • Patches of dark hair around neck and other areas
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PCOS will affect;
  1. Blood vessels
  2. Heart 
  3. One’s appearance
  4. Hormones
  5. Menstrual cycle
  6. Ability to have children
In general PCOS person have high level of androgens. These androgens are male hormones which can be made by female also. Also women will have very small cysts in their ovaries and they will also miss their regular menstrual cycle.

What causes PCOS?

It’s a problem that occurs due to hormonal imbalance and women with PCOS tend to have high insulin rate in blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps to turn your food into energy. Here this extra insulin can cause pigmentation in skin or can be known as darkened skin, which is spotted behind the neck, behind knees and other places. Also too much insulin is the cause to make more “Androgens” –hormone found in men, female also make them, which responsible for your irregular menstrual cycle, extra body, weight gain etc.

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What are the tests that are used to diagnosis PCOS?
  1. If you are suffering from above symptoms, then it’s very smart to see the doctor soon!
  2. You can get a physical examination about your weight, BMI and other weight issues.
  3. A talk about your menstrual cycle and your health with doctor
  4. A blood test to check your hormone, blood and sugar levels
  5. Pelvic exam, a check-up to see if the ovaries are enlarged or swollen due to increased number of tiny cysts.
P.S I researched over the internet regarding the title and collected the information.

I hope you find this post useful! In next post I will continue the talk about PCOS regarding its cure and etc.

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Take Care. Stay Healthy.