Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition causing small cysts to grow on the ovaries, embarrassing changes in appearance, and serious health problems. As many as one in every fifteen women are affected by PCOS and it is caused by hormonal imbalance and a surplus of male hormones.
PCOS can cause unwanted facial and body hair, excessive weight gain, and thinning of the scalp hair. Because estrogen and progesterone are involved with the healthy functioning of the heart and the processing of blood sugar, PCOS can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
This imbalance of hormones may also lead to infertility because of the hormonal imbalance preventing ovulation and carrying a pregnancy to full term.
High amounts of hormones cause the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil.
Hair loss can be caused by a lack of estrogen and other important female hormones.
Fluid filled sacs, or cysts on the ovaries may be caused by the testosterone imbalance.
Irregular Menstrual Cycles or Amenorrhea
The hormonal imbalance can disrupt ovulation and cause irregular periods or no periods.
Hormones help to regulate metabolism, and when they are imbalanced, metabolism gets thrown off to create weight gain.
Excessive body hair may grow as a result of too much testosterone in the body.
High Blood Pressure
Estrogen helps the blood to flow smoothly, and when it is deficient, the body may have to work harder to pump blood.
Elevated Insulin Levels or Insulin Resistance
Estrogen affects blood sugar, and imbalances can affect the way the body secretes insulin.
Lack of a menstrual period or ovarian cysts can prevent ovulation, and without an egg, no fertilization can occur.
Carrying a pregnancy to full term requires a healthy hormonal balance, and without it, the body cannot supply an environment to support a pregnancy.
Treating PCOS is imperative due to the fact that it can lead to more serious health problems in the future. Healthy medications and lifestyle changes can aid in the treatment of PCOS and the prevention of future health disorders.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help with the treatment of PCOS. Women suffering from PCOS must first complete a series of tests and lab work to determine imbalances in order to obtain proper treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and how it works to help treat PCOS, contact a local Bioidentical Hormone Doctor today.