What is PCOS: Netizens Shares Her Experience Battling the Condition and To Raise Awareness

In our country, one of the standards of beauty aside from having a pretty face, glowing skin, and fairer complexion is the woman’s weight. A lot of women are feeling pressured to lose weight because of other people. But are you aware that some women are suffering from increased weight not because of eating too much or their unhealthy lifestyle but because they are suffering from a disease?

Reason for Increasing Weight

One of the reasons for difficulty in losing weight in women is having the reproductive condition also known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can be diagnosed by checking the appearance of polycystic ovaries which are enlarged ovaries that has numerous small cysts. According to studies, one in every five women is suffering from PCOS, but it is even more surprising that many people still don’t fully understand this disorder.

To help other people be aware of what PCOS is, a netizen turned to Facebook to share some facts about this condition.

According to Carla Lorraine Revilla Segura, PCOS affects a woman’s hormone levels. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. This hormone imbalance causes them to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant.

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[Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Causes of PCOS

PCOS may either cause hair growth on the face and body or baldness. It can also contribute to long-term health problems such as heart disease or diabetes. Although the causes of PCOS is still unknown, this condition may be caused by genes.

Up to 70 percent of women with PCOS are suffering from insulin resistance. When the cells in the body can’t use insulin properly, the pancreas makes more insulin to compensate. This results in obesity and worse, type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms of PCOS

Some women start seeing symptoms around the time of their first period. Others only discover they have PCOS after they’ve gained a lot of weight or they’ve had trouble getting pregnant. The most common symptoms are:

  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Excessive Hair growth
  • Acne
  • Weight gain
  • Falling hair
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Headaches
  • Sleep apnea / Insomnia
  • Very poor eyesight / Blurred vision
  • Depression

Is There a Cure?

PCOS cannot be prevented and it isn’t curable. You cannot ask the doctor to remove the cysts through surgery and the only thing the doctor could do is to give you birth control pills to correct your menstrual cycle and hope that it would cure your PCOS eventually.

To help regulate her menstruation, Carla took birth control pills to help regulate her menstrual cycle. She took Diane, Althea, Trust, and Lady pills but she couldn’t help but feel the side effects. She suffered from headache and nausea.

PCOS is not dangerous. However, we need to be aware that not all women increase their weight because of their unhealthy lifestyle but because of their condition.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels.Women with PCOS produce…

Posted by Carla Lorraine Revilla Segura on Saturday, April 7, 2018

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