Bad Periods? It May be PCOS
by A. Grano www.gooddeedsmall.com
If you are one of the reported 5 million women who suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), “that time of the month” takes on an entirely different meaning. According to the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder, characterized by an imbalance of hormones.
Besides adversely affecting menstrual periods and ovulation, PCOS is often also accompanied by many embarrassing and uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Abnormal, irregular or absent menstrual periods
- Increased facial and body hair, male-pattern baldness (alopecia), and deepening of the voice due to excess androgen levels
- Large ovaries with multiple cysts
- Obesity or weight gain
- Small, excess growths of skin found on the neck or in the armpits
- High blood pressure or high cholesterol levels
Due to these distressing symptoms, women may also experience feelings of depression and anxiety.
Help for polycystic ovarian syndrome
Thankfully, experts say PCOS is manageable. If you’re experiencing symptoms, consult your doctor for a thorough evaluation and help evaluating which treatment method(s) will be best for your condition. In addition, the following may be helpful:
- Regular exercise can help promote weight loss, said to be one of the most effective methods of restoring normal ovulation/menstruation.
- As excess insulin is linked to increased androgen levels, exercise also helps reduce blood sugar levels – thus helping to regulate insulin levels.
- Choose high-fiber carbohydrates, where a significant portion of total carbs are obtained from fruit, vegetables and whole grain sources (such as cereal and bread, whole-wheat pasta, couscous, and brown rice).
- Learn to manage stress, since tension compounds the symptoms physical ailments. Relaxation, meditation, and even time with friends can help.
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