September 1 marks the start of the PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) awareness month and this year, it also marks the start of the ‘World PCOS Day of Unity’ event, organised by the PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Organization. PCOS Awareness Month is a federally designated event and its aim is to bring awareness and help fortify the lives of those affected by PCOS through overcoming symptoms and changing the way of life that results in PCOS.
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder that has effects on girls and women,” according to the PCOS Challenge Organization. This can be a set of symptoms that present themselves in women because of elevated levels of androgens (male hormones) in females.
PCOS occurs because of an amalgamation of genetic and environmental factors, and unfortunately, prior to now 7-8 years, the number of people affected by this has increased exponentially, making it a rather common gynaecological problem in the contemporary world. 3-4 out of 10 women, leaving room for genetics, be afflicted by PCOS.
In healthy women, one egg is released from the ovary, somewhere around the 15th day of the period, and with women affected by PCOS, this doesn’t happen. The egg gets trapped within the ovary and fluid accumulates around it and forms a bubble-like constitution called a cyst. Over the class lesson of time, many such cysts are formed which result in PCOS
This health condition presents itself through a combination of more than a few symptoms that come with an irregular menstruation cycle, acne, weight gain, unwanted hair growth on parts of the body which up to now did not grow hair, over the top hair loss from the scalp, a blackish appearance on the neck and possibly, the most remarkable being the difficulty in conceiving or bearing children.
One the biggest contributing factors to PCOS is obesity and the way of life that is prevalent in the contemporary world. Here the consumption of junk food is a common occurrence, exercise is minimal and stress levels are high. Even lack of steady sleep contributes to the development of PCOS in women. Circle of relatives tendencies also play a major role, and when you’ve got a mother or sister or relative who is suffering from PCOS, it increases the likelihood of you getting affected as polite.
The best way to reverse the cycle on PCOS is to receive a minimum of an hours’ worth of exercise in a day and a diet that is rich in proteins and cuts down on sugars and carbohydrates. No less than eight-hours of sleep each night could also be fundamental in maintaining a healthy body, particularly in the end.
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