PCOS is short for polycystic ovaries syndrome, which is one of the leading causes of infertility. It’s not that common though, being the main reason for infertility in about 5-10% of cases. The biggest problem of this condition is its silent nature, as it doesn’t really show any symptoms and is usually diagnosed once you go in and ask for help about your inability to get pregnant. In this article I’ll discuss this problem and give you a couple of examples so that you know how to recognize this condition and what can you do about it.
The first and most common sign of PCOS is a complete lack of menstrual cycle for over a couple of months (6 and more). Another symptom which is kind of the opposite of the previously mentioned one is long and intense cycles that can last for about 6 months or more. Women who suffer from this PCOS syndrome are having issues with releasing the egg (ovulating), yet there is a body formed like a cyst which is filled with fluid. If this is the case, an ultrasound is a great tool for discovering these cysts and establishing a diagnosis with a good amount of certainty. However, this isn’t always as easy because it is possible for the ovaries to look completely normal yet still suffer from this syndrome. This is when you might want to find some hormonal changes like excessive hairiness as well as hair in places where there wasn’t any before like the chest, abdomen etc.
Most common of pcos and pregnancy problems are irregular periods, complete absence of menstrual cycles, the above mentioned ovary cysts, hairiness, acnes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and lack of libido, reduced size of breasts but enlarged ovaries and finally – infertility. Nobody can tell what causes this condition and be certain about it but we do know that this condition can definitely be helped with the inability of your body to absorb and use insulin. Because of this you will experience an increase in the levels of it which can then result as an excessive production of male hormones, preventing the ovaries to do their job.
Blood Test Can Help With Diagnosis
With all this mentioned, blood tests have shown quite a bit of success with determining lack or excess of some hormone in the body so it’s used as a regular observation mechanism. Still, it is possible for women with PCOS to have normal hormone levels in these blood tests, but often there are some deviations to note which can be recognized as signals for PCOS. Once you do get diagnosed with PCOS, there’s not really much you can do about it. Your best bet is to visit an endocrinologist who will take additional tests and make sure that the treatment he’ll apply to you will provide good results. The therapy is generally significantly different for specific cases, which means that it’s not possible to simply get a therapy routine out of the book and follow it through.