PCOS Prevention and Management

Prevention of PCOS:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS, cannot be prevented. This is because PCOS is caused by factors outside of one’s control, such as genetics. Many cases are genetically acquired. If a girl or woman has a mother, sister or any first-degree relatives with this condition, she is likely to get it as well.

Unfortunately, scientists, clinicians and doctors have not discovered the exact cause of PCOS. Therefore, how one can prevent it from occurring in themselves is not known.

What is known for sure is that there are certain risk factors that increase the chances of getting PCOS. These are obesity, stress, a poor diet and lack of exercise. Women who have a healthy body weight, manage their stress levels, have a healthy diet and exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from PCOS.

 Management of PCOS:

There are several symptoms of PCOS. These include acne, obesity, mood swings, excess body-hair growth, infertility and irregular periods.

Obesity and mood swings can be improved by eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly. These changes to your lifestyle can bring your weight down and improve your mental health, thereby curing you of your obesity and mood swings.

Excess body hair and acne are symptoms that can hurt your self-confidence. Work with a dermatologist or get cosmetic treatments to remove excess body hair. Some medications can be used to prevent the effects of androgens. This helps control acne or hair growth.

Irregular periods are the key identifying symptom of PCOS. Medications are the recommended treatments for this symptom. One such medication is metformin. It helps your body process insulin. People with PCOS who take metformin often see improvements in their menstrual cycles.

Infertility can also be managed and reversed. You can take drugs that have been proven to induce ovulation in women who have PCOS. The medications clomiphene and letrozole are taken orally, while gonadotropins are given by injection.

By doing these things you can manage PCOS.

 When to See a Doctor?

While PCOS cannot be permanently cured, the symptoms can be managed, reduced and even reversed. Sometimes you can manage them on your own through changes in your lifestyle and habits, but in more extreme cases you need to see a doctor.

If you have difficulty getting pregnant, an irregular menstrual cycle, acne and excess hair growth, you need to see a doctor. The Chennai PCOS Clinic has doctors who specialize in managing PCOS. They can also help prevent you from getting PCOS if you are genetically susceptible to it. Come to us if you need help in preventing or managing PCOS.


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