What is polycystic ovary syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone disorder that affects approximately 5-10% of women every year. However, only about 30% of women with PCOS receive the correct diagnosis. The disorder causes the growth of multiple cysts in the ovaries, as well as physical changes such as excess hair growth and obesity. The ovaries are two female reproductive organs that release eggs each month (called ovulation). PCOS can make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant, and is a leading cause of infertility.
Can polycystic ovary syndrome go away on its own?
No, PCOS will not go away without treatment. It is a lifelong condition with no cure that requires medical attention. It is highly treatable with the right medications and lifestyle management.
Can I get pregnant with polycystic ovary syndrome?
Yes, it is still possible to become pregnant with PCOS, although some women may have a more difficult time getting pregnant. It’s important to discuss it with your doctor and develop a personalized treatment plan that can increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Does having PCOS increase the chances of having other health problems?
Yes, a person with PCOS seems to have a higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and low levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), sleep apnea, obesity, and endometrial cancer.
Home care for PCOS?
Diet and exercise can help treat some symptoms of PCOS, such as irregular periods and obesity. Studies have shown that losing at least 10% of your weight can help regulate periods and lose weight, which in turn improve insulin and cholesterol levels.