Affecting as many as five million women in their childbearing years, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a lifelong health condition that can impact your life in ways you might not expect.
PCOS causes an overproduction of androgens — male hormones — which throws your hormones out of balance. The condition can cause small cysts on your ovaries, along with other symptoms directly related to the increased production of androgens.
PCOS can cause a variety of symptoms including irregular periods, hirsutism (facial hair growth), abdominal weight gain, and acne. Many women experience hair loss or even male-pattern baldness as a result of PCOS. It’s also the leading cause of infertility among women of childbearing age.
Our expert gynecologists at Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, can help you manage symptoms of PCOS. While the condition currently does not have a cure, our team can help you improve your fertility and regulate your menstrual cycle.
Outside the office, there’s plenty you can do to help your PCOS, too. Here are some easy, PCOS-friendly changes you can make in your daily life.
While everyone needs some sugars and carbohydrates, too much could be contributing to your PCOS. Insulin resistance is a common feature of PCOS, and it increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that keeps your blood sugar levels in check. A healthy diet helps you best utilize your insulin.
An ideal diet for someone with PCOS includes whole foods, such as whole grains, veggies, and fruits, as well as lean meats with minimal processing. You should focus on foods low in sugar and fat and include plenty of fibrous foods. A fiber-rich diet has considerable health benefits, including slowing down your body’s absorption of sugar.
Many physicians harp on the importance of regular exercise, and for good reason. Beyond its benefits for cardiovascular health, joint health, and sleep, consistent exercise decreases insulin resistance and can help you manage your weight.
Many women with PCOS are overweight. Excess fat on your body increases infertility that often comes with PCOS and puts you at a higher risk of health complications like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Experiencing hair loss due to PCOS? There are plenty of treatment options to promote hair growth. Similarly, hair removal processes, like regular waxes or laser hair removal, might be the key to managing hirsutism from PCOS.
Find out how you can manage symptoms of PCOS by scheduling an appointment over the phone or online at either of our Marina OB/GYN locations today.