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7 things you didn’t know about PCOS

PCOS -  Female Hormone Disorder

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome [PCOS] is often an undiagnosed condition in which certain hormones are imbalanced. These imbalances result in irregular periods, higher levels of androgens [the male hormone], and small non-harmful cysts in the ovaries.

  • PCOS is not a rare illness or a disease; it is an endocrine and metabolic disorder that affects your body, including your ovaries. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, it’s not necessary that you would have ovarian cysts.
  • It’s unknown what causes PCOS, but genetics, diet, and lifestyle may be responsible.
  • PCOS is not correctly diagnosed at times and therefore is not treated appropriately, which can lead to serious health issues later.
  • Not all women diagnosed with PCOS will have cysts in their ovaries. PCOS cysts are harmless and different from some ovarian cysts that grow, rupture, and cause pain.
  • An irregular menstrual cycle does not necessarily mean that you have PCOS.
  • Diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes contribute largely, toward preventing and managing PCOS.
  • Women diagnosed with PCOS may ovulate less frequently and could be more prone to miscarriages, thus making PCOS a common cause of infertility.

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