How to live better with PCOS?

Comment mieux vivre avec un SOPK ?

What is PCOS? How does it happen?

PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is a hormonal disease that is currently the most common hormonal disease.

Learn more: What is polycystic ovary syndrome?

PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance. In fact, people with PCOS have an abnormal secretion of male hormones, i.e. androgens. As a result, no follicle is more dominant than another.

What are the consequences of PCOS?

PCOS causes a disruption of hormonal cycles. This can lead to slightly longer cycles, around 35, 40 days. But you can also have an absence of menstruation, which is called amenorrhea. By definition, when you don't ovulate, it also affects fertility because there is no egg. Excessive male hormone secretion can also cause acne, heavy hair growth and hair loss. Metabolic disorders, i.e. insulin resistance, can also be observed in people with PCOS. Therefore, there is a greater risk of diabetes, a greater risk of being overweight, a greater risk of high blood pressure, but also a greater risk of cardiovascular disease in the broad sense. However, a person suffering from PCOS will not necessarily have all the symptoms mentioned above. Some will have only one, others will have them all and to a greater or lesser extent from one person to another.

How to minimize the symptoms of sopk?

What is important to remember is that symptoms can be exacerbated depending on your body mass index, but also your diet and physical activity. The more you eat a balanced diet, the more your weight is regulated and the less you will be bothered by the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.

How can you predict your period when you have PCOS?

It is obvious that not knowing when your period is going to arrive is disabling in everyday life since it can happen at any time, in a sometimes delicate situation. The first advice we can give you is to observe your body. Your body speaks to you. You can observe your vaginal discharge. Indeed, cervical mucus tends to thicken, to be more abundant, more elastic, at the time of ovulation. The trick is to note, for several months in a row, when you notice changes in your body. Perhaps you will notice changes in your discharge at the time of ovulation, and therefore on average 14 days later you will have your period. But it may be other observations. For example, some people feel that they are ovulating in their lower abdomen.

We remind you that to gain serenity during the period as well as during all the days of the cycle, the Elia menstrual panties are there to accompany you.

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