1 in every 10 women in the United States are diagnosed with PCOS, yet are still confused with what that even means for their future as a potential mother. Does this sound familiar to you?
Many women hear the term “PCOS,” but may not know exactly what it stands for, nor what it is.
PCOS is short for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and it is a common hormonal disorder among women between the ages of 20 and 45 years.
Although common, the symptoms that coincide with the condition can be quite bothersome, and may include:
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Reverse Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Balance Your Hormones, Boost Your Metabolism, & Restore Your Fertility
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Getting to Know More About PCOS
Chapter 1: What Causes PCOS and What Are the Symptoms
Symptoms of PCOS in Women
Does PCOS Mean Miscarriages?
What to Do Once Diagnosed with PCOS
Can PCOS Be Prevented?
Chapter 2: Diet and Lifestyle with PCOS
Best Types of Exercise for PCOS
Nutrition for PCOS
Chapter 3: Treatments for PCOS
Other Herbs for PCOS Treatments
Medical Treatments for PCOS
Reducing Other PCOS Symptoms with Medications
Chapter 4: Getting Pregnant with PCOS
Diets for Boosting Fertility
Gluten-Free for Fertility
Vitamin Supplements for Pregnancy
Bad Habits and Fertility
Chapter 5: Menopause and PCOS
Chapter 6: Birth Control and PCOS
Long-term Side Effects of Birth Control
Alternatives to Birth Control Pills
Best Birth Control Pills for PCOS
Chapter 7: Research on PCOS
Relationship Between AMH and PCOS
PCOS and IVF
Other Fertility Treatments for Women with PCOS
Fertilization Surgeries for Women with PCOS
Self-Esteem Problems with PCOS
PCOS And Relationships
PCOS means polycystic ovary syndrome. It is a type of disorder of the hormones and is very common in women who are in the ages of reproduction. This could start as early as twenty years old and go up to 45 years old. Women have even been diagnosed with it while they were still in puberty. This disorder does affect quite a few women. In fact, one in ten women are affected by it.
PCOS is very common, as you can see. It is treatable and can be a cause of infertility and painful periods. The hormonal imbalance of PCOS can create major problems in the ovaries. The ovaries help to produce the eggs that women need in order to conceive a baby. When women have PCOS, the egg could not develop as it should during ovulation and this can begin to cause problems for women.
There are four different types of PCOS. They all have different effects on women, but most of them do have the same treatments and symptoms. The first type of PCOS is called Insulin-resistant PCOS. This is a type of PCOS that is generally caused by sugar, trans fat, smoking cigarettes, and pollution. This type of PCOS triggers the ovaries to produce more testosterone instead of estrogen. The best way to get rid of this type of PCOS is to stop eating and drinking sugar altogether. There are small amounts of sugar that can be healthy for the body, but too much will cause this type of PCOS. Doctors can also recommend taking inositol for about six to nine months.
Another type of PCOS is called Pill-induced PCOS. This is one of the most common types of PCOS and it will generally develop when women take birth control. The birth control pills can inhibit ovulation in women. These effects can last much longer after women stop using birth control in order to become pregnant. Many women will not begin to ovulate normally for many years after they have stopped using the pill. When women have periods that are happening before their normal cycle, they may have Pill-induced PCOS. When doctors run blood tests on these women, they tend to have a higher level of LH.
Inflammatory PCOS is caused by inflammation of the body. This inflammation could begin in the ovaries but can also occur in other places internally. When a woman has unbalanced hormones, androgens get produced and PCOS can begin. This inflammation can be caused by quite a few factors. Stress, inflammatory diets, and toxins can cause the inflammation that causes this type of PCOS. Generally, women who have a gluten intolerance can be diagnosed with this type of PCOS. There are multiple symptoms of this type of PCOS such as headaches, skin allergies, and infections. When blood tests are taken, a vitamin D deficiency can be picked up. Doctors will suggest taking supplements of magnesium and vitamin D when this is diagnosed.
Hidden PCOS is the fourth type of PCOS. This type of PCOS is fairly easy to get rid of. It takes about three to five months for it to be treated and it is usually caused by thyroid disease, lack of iodine (the ovaries do need iodine), a vegetarian diet, and using artificial sweeteners and sugars. Vegetarian diets can cause this type of PCOS because of the lack of zinc in this type of diet and the ovaries function best when they have heavier amounts of zinc. This type of PCOS is one that many doctors will suggest natural treatments for. A diet change is one of the easiest ways to resolve this type of PCOS.
In this book, we will explain the causes and symptoms of PCOS, how to treat it, how it can cause infertility, and how you can still get pregnant even though you have PCOS. This is not a disorder that should keep you from trying to get pregnant, but it should help to inspire you to seek the treatments and talk to your doctor about safe ways to get pregnant with PCOS. This book will also share a lot of important information about what women can expect when they are diagnosed with PCOS. There are a lot of things that doctors will not tell women when they have been diagnosed. For example, not many doctors will dwell on the fact that women with PCOS may develop depression and may start to feel less than adequate. This is a completely natural way to feel and we will explain how to combat these feelings as well.
PCOS has recently been shown to occur in many more women than ever before. Doctors are concerned about this heavy rate of women being exposed to it and how it changes their entire body. The causes of it are clear, although, some women never know they have it until it is too late. There are a few causes that have been found, but in some cases, doctors are not sure what causes PCOS.
Having heightened levels of androgens can cause it. These hormones are sometimes referred to as male hormones. Women do have smaller amounts of androgens in their bodies already, but when the amount of these hormones increases, PCOS can occur. These androgens control many things in the bodies of men, such as baldness. When women have too many androgens, they may start to hold in the eggs that should be released during the menstrual cycle. These androgens can also cause acne and extra hair growth. These are two of the signs that a woman may have PCOS.
A higher number of androgens can also intervene with the communication from the brain during ovulation. This can cause the body to produce eggs, but not to release them as ovulation generally occurs. If a woman is trying to get pregnant during this time, it can change up the whole process. This can also cause cysts to form in the ovaries that can mature and grow. This can cause types of ovarian cancer and infertility.
Another cause of PCOS is having higher levels of insulin. Insulin is a hormone in the body that controls how our food is turned into energy. Some people have insulin resistance and that is when the cells in our bodies do not respond commonly to insulin. This is what causes the amount of insulin in our bodies to be higher than it should be. Women with PCOS with higher levels of insulin, may notice that they have gained weight and become obese, that their eating habits have changed and become unhealthy, they are not getting enough exercise, or they have a history in their family of diabetes. If the body continues to be resistant to insulin, type 2 diabetes may develop over time.
Genetics also seems to be a common cause of PCOS. A woman’s genes seem to be quite the trigger for PCOS. Even though this is a new disease, doctors and scientists have found that women, who had mothers with PCOS, are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with it. They are about 33% more likely to have it if their sister has PCOS. Because our genes determine so much of our health, women with these abnormalities should be aware that it is important to give other women in the family the knowledge if anything has been seen as abnormal.
There have been some genetic studies recently that have shown that there is a gene that can play a huge role in the development of PCOS. This news is coming from PCOS doctors and it is exciting to see the progress in the studies of it. This could be a huge breakthrough when it comes to finding a cure for the disorder. Through different genetic tests, doctors have now found that one or two genes in women could cause the disorder. This study took place this year and tests 60 families. In these families, at least one of them had PCOS. There were genetic tests done on the families and these tests were done to see what genes one family had and the others did not. It was found that some of the genes had variations that could possibly be the cause of PCOS and others did not. One of the results was a rare genetic variant called DENND1A. The variations in this study varied from family to family, but the doctors think that this is one of the genes that could be the main cause of PCOS. It is now the goal of these doctors to find out just how to stop this gene from being spread from parent to child. There may be ways to manipulate the gene, but it is not certain yet if it can be done.
Although we still don’t have a cure for PCOS, this study is a huge breakthrough in the research being done to help fight it. The doctors feel that it is a great step in the right direction. The doctors are excited to see a small correlation in the spreading of PCOS in the family. They now may have a specific gene that spreads it and now it is up to them to do more research on how to fight this one gene. This could be a new screening that doctors can do if the research shows more positive signs of this gene. We know that we are excited to share this information with women who have PCOS. Perhaps in the next few years, doctors will be able to find the gene and mutate or change it in order to keep women from having PCOS.
With most of the causes of PCOS being known, it is also important that women know what the symptoms are. Women need to be aware of what they are going through in order to keep up with their health. If a woman is trying to have a baby, the symptoms can change up the process and they may need more help from their doctors. Here are some of the symptoms of PCOS and how to combat them.
Because of how new this disease is, a lot of women don’t know that they even have PCOS. The symptoms will generally show up around the time of puberty and can even start to develop later on in life. Some of the symptoms do go unnoticed, so it is important for women to get their screenings each year and be open with their doctors about the changes occurring in their bodies.
One of the main symptoms of PCOS is having missed or irregular periods. When a woman misses a period, their first thought maybe that they are pregnant. This is also a big sign of PCOS, especially if they are missing their periods multiple times a year. This is when a period tracker is good for a woman to have. A period tracker is a calendar that helps women to follow their periods month by month. Many women who are trying to have a child use it to track their ovulation days, but it is a good tool for any woman to have.
When a woman misses a period or it is irregular, this can cause cysts to develop on the ovaries. Cysts on the ovaries can cause infertility and cancer. Painful periods are another cause of cysts in the ovaries. Along with painful periods, women may notice too much hair on their face, upper back, and chest area. They may also start to notice that their hair is starting to get thinner in some spots. Lastly, the appearance of skin tags around the neck or armpits may begin. All of these are sure signs of PCOS.
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