Some common PCOS myths and facts debunked
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders common among women of reproductive age that affects a woman’s hormone levels. It has become one of the most common health conditions that affect millions of women globally at alarming rates. Women with PCOS have higher levels of insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar and higher levels of androgens or male hormones.
In this blog, we wish to shatter a few myths and enumerate some facts about PCOS
Myth: You cannot get pregnant with PCOS
Fact: When a woman has PCOS, hormonal imbalance can interfere with ovulation, and if you are not ovulating, you cannot conceive. There is the medication that is available that helps to boost ovulation and give the body extra estrogen, assures Dr. Asha Rao, Managing Director at Rao Hospital. Although it may seem a bit difficult, it is possible to still conceive. Talk to us now to determine the best options now.
Myth: You have cysts in your ovaries if you have PCOS
Fact: Some women have cysts and many who do not. In most cases, tiny follicles that have not released an egg are built up in the ovaries that may seem like a string of pearls in your ultrasound. There is nothing to be worried about.
Myth: Women with PCOS must take oral contraceptives
Fact: The pill is one of the common ways by which doctors treat menstrual irregularities of PCOS. It largely depends on the woman’s goal too. If a woman is trying to conceive, the doctor will not recommend the pill. However, this is one of the most common ways to keep your hormones in check.
Myth: If your menstrual cycles are irregular, you may have PCOS
Fact: There are many causes for an irregular cycle and PCOS happens to be one among them. A normal cycle generally between 21 to 35 days and many other causes such as breastfeeding, extreme dieting, uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease may cause it to be out of whack. Talk to us now if you have less than 22 days and greater than 34 days long and through an exam and by running some tests, your doctor can help identify the likely cause.
Myth: Every woman grows hair where she does not want it
Fact: One of the most common symptoms of PCOS is abnormal hair growth or hirsutism. Due to excess androgens, women with PCOS can sprout unwanted hair on their upper lip, chin or chest. Not every woman has this symptom, however.
Myth: You cannot get pregnant if you have PCOS
Fact: PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility and this hormonal problem can affect the ovary’s ability to release an egg that can be potentially fertilized for pregnancy. And here is the good news; you can get pregnant both naturally or after fertility treatments.
If you have PCOS and want to start a family, the message here is not to get discouraged if someone tells you it’s not possible. There are specialized PCOS Treatments in Coimbatore that can be worked out for you. You will also be working closely with our experienced fertility specialist who will help you get on the right track. Book an appointment today with our doctors at our PCOS and Fertility clinic at Rao Hospital.