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Eight Things Your Doctor Probably Wont Tell You About PCOS

by Karun Bholewasi |

PCOS is an extremely common endocrine disorder among women generally belonging to the reproductive age to put it precisely. Research states that this disorder is not only related to females, but even children are affected by PCOS as some children happen to the predisposed to the disorder right before their birth as well. In addition, if this condition is not diagnosed properly, then it might lead to more complications even after menopause. So, getting the right kind of treatment for PCOS is extremely important for the proper health and well being of the females. Although your doctor will be there to suggest the treatment and diagnosis of PCOS, still there are certain things that your doctor would miss highlighting upon it. Here are the eight things mentioned as under that your doctor probably won’t tell you about. Read on to know more:

  1. PCOS Is Of Different Types: Yes, although you might be surprised reading it, but PCOS differs from women to women. There is no single causative factor that can be held responsible for the development of PCOS. The different types of PCOS are insulin resistant form, inflammatory PCOS, pill induced PCOS, hidden cause PCOS. So, instead of treating PCOS as a standalone disorder, treating the condition as per the kind will be more effective in individual cases.
  2. Polycystic Ovaries Not The Main Symptom: Polycystic ovaries are not required for the identification of PCOS as to add more to the complexity of the disorder, women might have ovarian cysts, but not PCOS. The Rotterdam Consensus (sponsored in part by the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine) in the year 2003 had defined polycystic ovary as more than 12 follicular cysts and bears a ovarian volume of 10ml or greater. So, for the proper diagnosis of PCOS another clinical symptom is required.
  3. For Diagnosis Two Out Of Three Symptoms Are Required: The Rotterdam Consensus Workshop in 2003 had established three clinical symptoms polycystic ovaries, hyperandrogenisms, menstrual irregularity for the proper diagnosis of the condition. They concluded that at least two out of three clinical symptoms are required for accurate diagnosis. Since the consensus, even Androgen Excess Society and National Institute of Health have adopted similar criteria for the identification of at least two clinical symptoms for the diagnosis of PCOS.
  4. Oral Contraceptive Pills Don’t Cure PCOS: Yes, artificial hormones, like the oral contraceptive pills do not cure PCOS, rather these pills just mask the effects to put it precisely. The oral contraceptive pills come with it’s own side effects and risk factors which can never be ignored. Therefore, along with the pills, other treatment options need to be explored for the treatment of PCOS.
  5. Women With PCOS Can Get Pregnant: Yes, you have read it correctly. Although your doctor might tell you that if you have been diagnosed with PCOS, there are slim chances of you getting pregnant, but that doesn’t mean that it cannot happen. Though there might be difficulty in getting pregnant, but it isn’t impossible to put it precisely.
  6. Menopause Is Not The End Of PCOS: Menopause can not be the deciding condition that shall make PCOS disappear to put it precisely. Many women have this misconception about PCOS disappearing completely once you reach menopause. But it isn’t so. Although things might improve a little after menopause, but it cannot herald its end.
  7. No Cure For PCOS: It is extremely important to understand that there isn’t any proper cure for PCOS. The disorder can be treatment and kept under control, but in reality, PCOS has no cure. So, follow the instructions and the prescribed medications that your doctor advices, but remember that it is extremely important to control PCOS when there is still time.
  8. Healthy Lifestyle And Balanced Diet Helps Manage PCOS: Dr. Majeda Al-Azemi, a consultant and professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Kuwait University, is of the opinion that over 50% cases can be reversed by weight loss alone. This stresses the need for a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet which can really help in managing PCOS in the best possible manner. Maintaining a disciplined life, having a balanced diet that includes lots of green vegetables, fresh fruits, meat, milk, proteins etc., following a proper sleep cycle can work magic.