Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common health risks that occur in women. As there isn’t sufficient evidence regarding the cause of PCOS, there are a lot of speculations as well as misconceptions associated with PCOS.
Here are 10 common myths about PCOS that are debunked below-
Women with PCOS can’t conceive
This is the biggest myth people believe when people know about PCOS. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS and worried that you won’t be able to enjoy the happiness of motherhood, then let me tell you a combination of lifestyle modifications and taking drugs regularly can solve this problem. What happens is due to hormone fluctuations, women are unable to ovulate properly which becomes getting pregnant difficult.
Women with PCOS have polycystic ovaries
Although the full form of PCOS is Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome, it doesn’t necessarily mean that women with PCOS have multiple cysts in their ovaries. When there are abnormal periods or there is an excess presence of androgen in the body, then you can also suffer from PCOS. There might or might not be multiple cysts in the ovaries. This is simply a symptom that indicates the PCOS might occur.
Women with PCOS have excessive hair growth
This is true. PCOS develops when there is excess secretion of androgens by the female body. Hence, this gives rise to abnormal hair growth, also known as hirsutism. This can lead to hair growth on some parts such as the upper lip, chin, face, and chest. People often isolate women with facial hair or excessive hair growth but this is actually very normal for women suffering from PCOS.
Women with PCOS are obese or overweight
PCOS and weight gain are highly linked with one another. Women suffering from PCOS are unable to metabolize insulin. This is the reason why women with PCOS gain weight or face difficulty in losing weight. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be overweight or obese. PCOS is a syndrome that means different women are affected differently.
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Women with PCOS are always sad
Our hormones control our moods. This is the reason you tend to have mood swings just before you get your periods. Due to hormonal imbalance, it is quite natural if you feel depressed during PCOS. But it doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have to be like this throughout the day. Keep yourself relaxed to reduce the occurrences of depression.
Women with PCOS have to consume birth control pills
As soon as you are diagnosed with PCOS, doctors prescribe hormonal therapies as treatment options. This is done to cure the menstrual irregularities of women. But gynecologists can ask to stop its usage if you want to get pregnant or the problem is far worse. If the problem has already turned severe, doctors recommend hysterectomy in such instances.
PCOS rarely affects women
Over 5 million women are affected by PCOS globally. From 2.2 percent to 26 percent of Indian women are affected by PCOS. The childbearing age group- 18 to 45 years- is majorly affected by PCOS. This data signifies that this is one of the most common endocrine disorders among women in India. But the sad reality remains that the majority of women are not uneven aware of this condition.
Women suffering from PCOS and insulin resistance develop diabetes
PCOS affects not only fertility in women but also the overall wellbeing of the person. Women with PCOS tend to become insulin resistant. This ultimately increases the risk of various diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol levels, depression, sleep apnea, anxiety, and elevated blood pressure.
Only ultrasound can diagnose PCOS
This is a big no-no. If you have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding or excessive pain or excessive hair growth, then consult with a doctor. These are typical symptoms of PCOS which are indicative that you might have developed the condition. When you visit the clinic, the doctor eventually performs an ultrasound test to detect PCOS.
Medicines can only treat women with PCOS
Metformin is one of the drugs that doctors prescribe to regulate insulin levels for women suffering with PCOS. This is necessarily not true. As discussed above, Medicines and surgical options can treat PCOS. Moreover, if you keep a close eye on your diet and regular exercise, you can easily get relief some symptoms. But if the doctor diagnoses polycystic ovary then it is better to undergo a hysterectomy.
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Few more words from Pristyn Care
There is no simple cure for PCOS. You can exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, lose weight, quit smoking to minimize the symptoms. PCOS is one of the major reasons for infertility in women but it doesn’t necessarily mean that women can’t bear children at all. Hysterectomy with the laparoscopy technique ensures faster recovery, minimum scarring and almost nil pain. If you want to know more about PCOS and its treatment, call us today.