What is PCOS And What Causes It?

What is PCOS And What Causes It?

What is PCOS?

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is the most common endocrine system disorder in women and affects about every 1 in 10 women in the world, starting as early as age eleven. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that affects the natural ovulation and menstruation process in the body due to small, painless cysts that have grown on the ovaries initiated by the hormonal imbalance. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Oftentimes women and girls with PCOS can go for years without realizing that they have the disorder until the try to conceive and have difficulty doing so. Today there are many treatments available to help not only treat the disorder, but to treat the symptoms of PCOS as well such as infertility. Drugs such as fertility drugs Clomid and natural herbs can help to boost fertility in a variety of ways to help conceive.

What Causes PCOS?

Though the disorder affects a little less than 10% of the female population, there is still a great deal that isn’t known about PCOS. The cause behind polycystic ovary syndrome is greatly debated by medical professionals and researchers, but one thing that is agreed upon is that the disorder has a root cause from a hormonal imbalance.

It is theorized that the disorder is inherited through genetics as women who have PCOS previously in their families are more susceptible to polycystic ovary syndrome, but like many unexplained diseases and illnesses, PCOS remains as a large unknown for the most part as to why it presents itself in some women who have no predisposition for the disorder and not in others who have a family history of it.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS is oftentimes left undiagnosed because of the large discrepancy in symptoms between women who have it. However, there are some symptoms that are most common in PCOS sufferers, largely caused by hormone levels that are either too high or too low such as the following.

Infertility

Due to hormonal imbalances that disrupt the natural signals sent to the reproductive system that initiates ovulation, menstruation, etc.

Irregular/missed menstruations

Due to the hormone imbalance that inhibits the regulations of menstrual cycles in the body.

Overproduction of facial/body hair

The hormone levels of the body when disrupted can initiate an excess amount of hormone that allows the follicle in the skin to go into overdrive and grow at an exponential rate.

Obesity

When the body’s hormones are in either overproduction or under-produced, a propensity for obesity is a result.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.