PCOS affects a woman’s ability to conceive and is linked to higher blood sugar and insulin levels.
Worldwide, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 8% to 20% of women of childbearing age. It is caused by excess of the male hormone androgen. The overload of androgen prevents the eggs from being released from the ovary. As a result, the egg remains trapped in the ovarian follicle, causing multiple cysts—a characteristic of PCOS.
PCOS is also linked to several health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Thus, women with PCOS tend also to be insulin-resistant by having higher blood sugar and insulin levels. This causes a disturbance in the normal functioning of several organ systems in addition to the reproductive system.
Women with PCOS report at least two of the following symptoms:
There are several ways to ease PCOS symptoms:
If you suspect of having PCOS, a good start is to check your blood sugar and insulin levels.
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