What is PCOS? How does it occur?
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, is the most common hormonal disease.
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PCOS is caused by a hormonal imbalance. 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 or 40 days. But it can also lead to an absence of periods, or amenorrhea. And by definition, when you don't ovulate, this also has an impact on fertility, since there is no ovum, no egg. Excessive male hormone secretion can also causeacne, heavy hair growth and hair loss. Metabolic disorders, i.e. insulin resistance, can also be observed in PCOS sufferers. This increases the risk of diabetes, overweight, high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk in the broadest sense. However, a person suffering from PCOS will not necessarily present all the symptoms listed above. Some will have only one, while others will have them all, to a greater or lesser extent from one person to the next.
How to minimize the symptoms of sopk?
What's important to remember is that symptoms can be exacerbated depending on your body mass index, but also your diet and physical activity. The better your diet, the more your weight is regulated, and the less you'll be bothered by symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
How can you predict your periods when you have PCOS?
It's obvious that not knowing when periods is going to arrive is a handicap in everyday life, since it can happen at any time, in a sometimes delicate situation. The first piece of advice we can give you is to observe your body. Your body speaks to you. You can observe your vaginal discharge. Cervical mucus tends to become thicker, more abundant and more elastic around the time of ovulation. The trick is to take note, for several months at a time, when you notice changes in your body. Maybe you'll notice changes in your discharge at the moment of ovulation, so that on average 14 days later you'll have your periods. But it could be other observations. For example, some people feel that they are ovulating in their lower abdomen.
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