Frequently Asked Questions : Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOS is a spectrum of endocrine disorder that affects 5-10% of women.

Irregular cycles, acne, weight gain, insulin resistance, hirustism, acanthosisnigricans, male type baldness, centripetalobesity, infertility, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, endometrial cancers.

PCOS is not a life threatening disorder. It is a metabolic disease. It causes insulin resistance, which in turn causes adult onset diabetes, mellitus stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Around 10 million women are affected by PCOS all over the world.

The susceptibility of PCOS is usually inherited but however the causes per say is unknown.

Diagnosis is made by ultra sonogram, and various blood hormonal assays, which includes FSH, LH, Estradiol, Prolactin, Thyroid Profile, Lipid Profile, and Blood Sugar Analysis.

Yes, PCOS is an endocrine disorder involving a multisystem care. A team of Endocrinologist and Gynaecologist are involved in treating a patient with PCOS.

The treatment of PCOS is based on the individual symptoms with which the woman presents. On sort it is symptomatic treatment and life style modifications.

PCOS is a multisystem disorder, which has a multifactorial cause requiring treatment in a multifaceted manner. PCOS can affect young girls in teenagecausing irregular cycles, facial hair, acne, obesity requiring involvement of dermatologists, nutritionists, gynaecologists, endocrinologists. If left unattended these teenagers can come in their mid twenties with infertility, baldness, diabetes, hyperlipidemia in their mid 30-40s and endometrial cancers in post menopausal.

A healthy diet involving gluten free diet, less glucose, minimalize sugar intake, substituting sugar with sugar free is a bad option because ultimately the body recognized it as glucose. Try to curb on diary products, fat, oily food. A balanced healthy diet is ideal.