Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder observed in women of reproductive age. In PCOS, ovaries produce abnormal amounts of androgens, that is, male sex hormones which are usually present in very small amount in women. As the name of the disease suggests, there is the formation of cysts on the ovaries due to the imbalance of hormones. However, a woman doesn't need to have cysts on her ovaries to be diagnosed with PCOS.
PCOS can occur in any woman after puberty. As this disease is one of the most common causes of infertility, it often gets diagnosed in women during their 20s or 30s when they are trying to conceive. Though the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, you may be more at risk of developing PCOS if you are overweight or obese, have insulin resistance, or if anyone in your family like your mother and sister have it.
Do I Have PCOS?
Due to the lack of information about periods, the slightest change in the menstrual cycle might raise concern for any woman regarding her health. Women with PCOS may experience all or a few of the following symptoms:
Missed periods, Irregular periods, or very light periods
Hirsutism or excessive hair growth on the face, chest, belly, and back in women
Acne or oily skin
Darkening of skin in body creases such as the neck, groin area, and under the breasts
Excessive skin or skin tags on neck or armpits
Weight gain around the abdomen
Pain in the pelvic area before or during periods
Thinning or loss of hair in male pattern baldness due to excessive androgens or male sex hormones
Ovaries that are large or with multiple cysts
If you experience changes in your menstrual cycle continuously over 3 months, then consult with doctor to get the correct diagnosis as well as treatment.
Diagnosis for PCOS
Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history, changes in your menstrual cycle, lifestyle, and any other symptoms that you might be experiencing. Apart from your symptoms, a medical examination is also important to diagnose PCOS.
Ultrasound is done to check for cysts, size, and health of your uterus and ovary. It is also performed to check for the thickness of your endometrium, that is, the lining inside your uterus.
Blood tests to check for androgen hormones, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, and insulin levels.
Homeopathic Treatment of PCOS
When seeking homeopathic treatment for PCOS, it's important to let the doctor know what you hope to get out of it—whether you want regular periods or if infertility is also a problem. The best homeopathic medicine to manage the symptoms of PCOS is Meniphib Tablet which relieves pain in the lower abdomen, and general weakness and helps stabilize.
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