Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition where you have a hormonal imbalance where you don't have the right balance of estrogen and progesterone. Sometimes you're not ovulating, and other times you have excess male hormones in your system, which gives rise to some of the side effects of symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome like facial hair, hair on your breast, hair around your belly button. Your visits to the beauty salon increases probably waxing and laser treatment increase. Sometimes it gives rise to insulin resistance and altered carbohydrate metabolism, and you're just not able to lose weight. In fact, the body is so sensitive to rises of insulin that you could very easily put on weight if you're not careful. You could sweat it out in the gym, but not lose weight as quickly as you girlfriend does who doesn't have polycystic ovarian syndrome.
There are times when polycystic ovarian syndrome does not have any symptoms. The only symptom you have is lack of ovulation. It can present in any form from a spectrum of absolutely normal cyclical rhythm menstruation and no male hormone symptoms, normal looking pelvic ultrasound scans and having no issues with falling pregnant, to the other end of the spectrum where you can have everything possible.
Whilst polycystic ovarian syndrome is in some ways a misnomer and the ovaries are not always polycystic .Its not a disease but rather a condition where things are out of balance and sometimes you would need assistance to get it back to normal. A lot of the management and treatment on polycystic ovarian syndrome is based on lifestyle, healthy diet exercise, trying to normalize your BMI, possibly cutting out processed carbohydrate from diet and just being sensible. There is a genetic basis for polycystic ovarian syndrome, so you can't totally clear it off the system, however you can control it. When it comes to fertility sometimes you may need some simple treatments like ovulation inducing medication. Very commonly prescribed by fertility specialists and best taken under supervision and cycle monitoring to get a better outcome .
If you're having issues with polycystic ovarian syndrome, just want some advice and lifestyle management or wanting to fall pregnant, make an appointment.
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