Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an endocrine disorder that affects woman of child bearing age. The symptoms of PCOS can vary greatly from woman to woman. A hallmark symptom of PCOS is cluster of cysts on the ovaries.
Symptoms of PCOS include :
- Menstrual irregularity
- Weight gain- in the abdomen area
- Facial hair
- Hormonal imbalance
- Hair loss
- Predisposition to heart disease and Diabetes type II
How do you get diagnosed?
It is estimated that 1 in every 10 women of child bearing age have PCOS. If you suspect you may have PCOS you should schedule an appointment with your doctor or contact the nearest Office of Woman Health for more information.
Diagnosing PCOS in 3 ways
- Pelvic Exam– Your physician might conduct a pelvic exam. During this exam, your doctor will look for any masses in your pelvis. Cysts large enough can be palpated by the physician. This is not the most accurate testing for PCOS.
- Blood Tests– Your physician may decide to do hormonal blood testing. Woman with Polycystic ovarian syndrome typically has higher androgen (male hormones). This is a factor in irregular ovulation.
- Ultrasound– an ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high frequency sound waves to create images of a particular area in the body. An ultrasound test can assist the physician in seeing any cysts. An ultrasound can reveal cysts small in size, on your uterus. Cysts on the uterus are the hallmark symptom of Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Is there any cure?
While there is no known cure for PCOS, there are medications and lifestyle changes that may help you to manage your Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
One of the most common methods for managing PCOS is birth control pills. Meanwhile, Birth control pills containing both estrogen and progesterone work best.
The Ketogenic Diet has gained popularity in its ability to help woman lose weight. The Keto Diet also treats the symptoms of Polycystic ovarian Syndrome and infertility.
As a PCOS warrior, I can personally attest for the Ketogenic diet and its ability to help relieve some of the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome. The ketogenic diet limits carb consumption.
It encourages the body to use its own stored fat as an energy source for the body. The Keto diet decreases insulin sensitivity and reverses type II diabetes.