Everything you need to know about PCOS
Do you ever get a little bit tired of life? Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die Like you’re hangin’ by a thread but you gotta survive ‘Cause you gotta survive!
You got to, right? Living with PCOS can get extremely overwhelming at times. You find yourself kind of relating to such lyrics, don’t you?
If you are navigating your way through tackling PCOS, this blog can be your roadmap! In this blog, we have covered the root causes of PCOS, types of PCOS, and everything you need to know and do on your recovery journey.
1. What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a metabolic disorder affecting women commonly aged between 13-44 years. PCOS affects 1 in every 5 women and can increase the risk of endometrial cancer in women.
What are the symptoms & signs of PCOS?
- High Blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Unexplained weight gain and weight loss
- Delayed periods
- Heavy, painful periods or highly scanty periods
Type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are some of the many long-term consequences of PCOS.
2. What are the root causes of PCOS?
Poor digestion, slow metabolism, and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. Unhealthy food generates unhealthy toxins called ‘Ama’ that enters your bloodstream along with good nutrients and reaches every cell of your body including ovarian cells. Ama blocks ovarian channels and slows down the development of egg cells forming immature follicles that keep accumulating in your ovaries. Since your egg fails to develop, you experience delay or no periods at all. Immature follicles that failed to be relieved out of your system form cysts in your ovaries which are the cysts of PCOS.
3. What other factors play a role in PCOS?
PCOS is also an endocrine disorder caused by insulin resistance. So pancreas, the heartbeat of our endocrine system secretes the hormone insulin that is assigned the job of escalating the uptake of sugar out of our bloodstream so that our cells can use it as a source of energy.Insulin resistance is a condition where cells become numb to the signals given by insulin, thereby, the body tends to produce more insulin that leads to hormonal imbalance. This causes a myriad of consequences like unexplained weight gain or weight loss, Type 2 diseases, delay or lack of periods, heavy painful periods of light, and scanty periods. Etc.
4. Are excessive acne & facial hair one of the unusual symptoms of PCOS?
Excessive acne & facial hair are some of the common symptoms of PCOS. High levels of insulin stimulate the ovaries to produce large amounts of the hormone Testosterone causing excessive hair growth, acne, and even male pattern baldness.
5. Can PCOS affect my Mental health?
Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of anxiety and depression. You can read more about what other factors affect mental health in women with PCOS and the importance of mental health in today’s hectic life.
6. What are the types of PCOS?
Here are some differentiating PCOS signs and symptoms for the types of PCOS (mild, severe, moderate) in women:
|PCOS type||Period irregularities||Symptoms & Signs of PCOS|
|Mild||Irregular periods||Weight gain, acne & oily skin|
|Moderate||Missing periods for 2-3 months||Weight gain, facial hair growth, hair thinning|
|Severe||Missing periods for more than 3 months||Obesity, excess body hair on chest, stomach & back. Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair. Dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, armpits & under the breasts.|
7. Is it safe to use contraceptive pills for PCOS treatment?
A lot of gynecologists will recommend the use of contraceptives to you for regularizing your period cycle. But are contraceptive pills useful for PCOS treatment? Are contraceptive pills worth all the side effects that you get because of them including diabetes, risk of cancer, etc? The purpose of contraceptive pills is to develop and thicken the lining around the uterus which happens when you consume the pills for 21 days. And when you stop consuming them, the uterus wall breaks and you finally get your ‘periods’. There are more natural ways of solving the problem of irregular or lack of periods like plant-based supplements powered by medicinal herb extracts! These do not just help in regularizing periods but also in tackling insulin resistance, cyst size reduction, and egg cell development; which may or may not be covered under the scope of contraceptive pills. You can check out our range of vegan-friendly, plant-based healthy supplements for managing PCOS & its symptoms here.At Plix Life, we help you get closer to conquering your PCOS recovery journey with the help of our in-house PCOS experts and a personalized diet & workout plan that you can follow in combination with our PCOS Care supplements that we have designed for you.
Watch this space to learn more about PCOS and tips to tackle it.