PCOS IS NOT A DISEASE, IT IS A DISORDER
Many medical conditions have the potential to change one’s life and once they are diagnosed you will naturally want to learn as much as possible about them. PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is a perfect example.
Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism can affect health. The condition can appear to be common among women who are of reproductive age and can include symptoms like irregular menstrual cycle, acne, weight gain and thinning hair.
In this blog, we will be dispelling some common myths about PCOS
Myth #1: You did something to cause it
While the exact cause of PCOS is not known, there is one thing for certain. You are not to blame. However, there are several other factors too that play an important factor which includes genetics playing a good role.
Androgens or male hormones control the development of male traits. While women tend to produce a small number of androgens, those who have PCOS have more androgens than normal which prevent ovulation and make it difficult to get regular menstrual cycles. The follicles grow and build up fluid but the eggs do not get released.
Ovulation does not occur, and the follicles might turn into cysts. If this happens, your body might fail to make the hormone progesterone, which is needed to keep your menstrual cycle regular.
Many women with PCOS show insulin resistance playing a role in the body’s increased androgen production. Insulin resistance is common in women who are obese, having unhealthy eating and exercise habits or have a family history of type-2 diabetes.
Myth #2: Losing weight can get rid of PCOS
There is no absolute cure for PCOS but an obese woman with PCOS can help balance their hormones and regularize their menstrual cycles by losing a minimum 5% of total body weight.
PCOS treatment at MINT Hospitals is aimed at managing such symptoms. A wide range of treatment options are available at Mint that can help prevent such potential problems. Lifestyle changes can improve the way the body uses insulin thus regulating hormone levels better.
Myth #3: PCOS is a Rare Condition
An estimated 10 to 20 per cent of Indian women of childbearing age have PCOS. The condition has become one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age. Less than half of the women with PCOS are actually diagnosed correctly which means that there are lakhs of women who are potentially unaware of the condition.
Myth #4: You cannot get pregnant if you have PCOS
This is not true for everyone. Lifestyle changes and good diet modification itself can improve the chances of pregnancy in PCOS patients
Give yourself a chance by talking to fertility experts about treatment. There are a number of medications in the market that can stimulate ovulation, which is the main issue that many faces. There are also assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro, IUI etc. While it is certainly harder to get pregnant with PCOS, there are many women who ovulate intermittently.
Myth #5: PCOS Only Affects Overweight Women
It is true that women who have PCOS are obese or overweight and also it makes the symptoms to worsen. However, PCOS affects women of all shapes and sizes and the relationship between weight and PCOS has a connection to do with the body’s inability to use insulin properly leading to weight gain. Eating healthy and exercising regularly is recommended to be a part of a woman’s treatment plan.
By separating fact from myth, make sure you empower yourself to live a complete, healthy life with PCOS.
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