Let’s discuss one of the serious health issues that most women are facing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) / Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD).
So What is PCOD or this PCOS?
The menstrual cycle is part of our body’s way of preparing for a possible pregnancy each month and for most women, menstruation happens in a regular and predictable pattern. The length of time from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period normally ranges from 21-35 days. The menstrual cycle is controlled by a complex work of hormones, produced by two structures in the brain, the pituitary gland, and the hypothalamus along with the ovaries.
The hormone imbalance is the main key problem in your irregular menstrual cycle which further may lead to PCOD. Although no one knows the exact cause of PCOS, they are mostly caused by genetic defects and excess production of androgens (natural or synthetic steroid hormone which regulates the development and maintenance of male characteristics).
What happens to your ovaries when you get PCOD/ PCOS?
During the menstrual cycle, an egg grows in a sac called a follicle. This sac is located inside the ovaries. The follicle or sac breaks open and releases an egg during your fertile days. But if the follicle doesn’t break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary and these can be formed in multiple numbers, thus name came as polycystic ovary and these cysts block the next egg release thus the number of cysts increase and some of these will grow in size too and some of them go away on their own.
Symptoms of PCOD
So you if you experience any of the below symptoms consult a gynecologist where they can guide you further for a scan and medication.
**Important point to note is that your doctor may prescribe medication, but you may have to make some lifestyle changes in order to get your health on track.
Some Facts about PCOS/ PCOD
- Every 1 woman out of 10 suffering from PCOS, that’s about more than 2 million women.
- Weight loss and PCOS are linked, one causes the other, So it gets hard to beat either one of them. Hey but it’s not impossible.
- Women with monthly menstrual cycles can still have PCOS. So please look out for symptoms and don’t delay in consulting your doctor if you have any doubts.
- Fatty liver is a common factor caused by PCOS. There is no permanent cure for PCOD, but getting rid of sedimentary lifestyle and little caution you can win over it.
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