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Understanding PCOS: The Signs and Symptoms, Complications, and How To Manage

0:00 Intro: Many women around the world experience hormonal imbalance during their monthly cycle. A hormonal imbalance can be caused by stress and health problems, which can lead to infertility. One of the most common hormonal imbalances is PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

0:17 Statistics and Description: The World Health Organization estimates that over 116 million women are affected by PCOS worldwide. In 2017, 1.55 million cases of PCOS were reported among women aged 15-49.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that frequently leads to infertility in women of reproductive age. PCOS symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, elevated male hormone levels, and, in some cases, insulin resistance. It is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

0:55 Ovulation Phase (PCOS): Among all the phases in the menstrual cycle, PCOS affects ovulation the most. With PCOS, small follicles in the ovary enlarge and eventually become cysts. Because cysts disrupt estrogen, progesterone, LH, and FSH levels, they cause irregular ovulation.

Overproduction of LH contributes to high levels of androgen, and the egg develops poorly when FSH levels are low. This causes anovulation and infertility.

1:27 Signs and Symptoms: Some of the most noticeable signs of PCOS are irregular menstrual cycles, missing periods and polycystic, enlarged ovaries that are seen via Ultrasound.

Symptoms like facial hair growth and hoarseness in voice are caused by high levels of androgen. Other symptoms can be caused by insulin resistance. When the body is insulin resistant, sugar levels rise and can result in obesity and a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans, which causes thick and darkened folded areas in the body.

1:58 PCOS Spotting: Spotting during periods isn’t always a sign of a serious problem. It frequently occurs in women with PCOS as a result of hormonal changes. Low progesterone levels, in contrast to high estrogen levels, can cause the uterus to weaken, causing spotting and frequent bleeding. It’s a good idea to keep a calendar record of spottings as well as any other changes that occur during your period.

2:23 PCOS and Pregnancy: With infertility, women must first consult their doctors to get a proper diagnosis. PCOS could be the cause and with an early diagnosis, the symptoms can be managed to reduce complications during pregnancy. Even with PCOS, it is possible to get pregnant and have a healthy baby. It’s very important to keep your doctor updated.

2:45 PCOS symptom relief: Overcoming PCOS isn’t entirely impossible. There are ways of managing the symptoms and balancing the hormones, even if this doesn’t mean curing it. Exercise, relaxation, weight loss, and a change in diet may improve your condition, and also increase your chances of pregnancy.

3:03 DIM supplements are beneficial because they promote estrogen balance. Another way to balance hormone levels is to use a natural progesterone cream. This helps alleviate PCOS symptoms and reduce infertility.

3:23 Ending: PCOS is a common infertility disorder that millions of women experience. Having PCOS doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant, but it necessitates a multi-pronged approach to be manageable. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, make a note of them and consult your doctor. If you’re looking for more information and blogs about fertility and PCOS, please visit WholeFamilyProducts.com and BeyondFertility.com.

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