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As intriguing as the title of the story might sound, equally gripping is the subject of this disorder that I am going to write about.

Irregular and painful menstruation cycles, excessive bleeding, obesity, excessive facial hair, difficulty in conception are just some of the problems that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can lead to. No wonder that Dr. Indira Venkatraman, Gynecologist, Aster Clinics and Hospitals, terms PCOS as the thief of womanhood.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a condition wherein there is an imbalance in the female reproductive hormones – estrogen and progesterone. There is more of the production of the male hormone – androgen, which leads to a plethora of cosmetic issues like excessive hair and acne. Dr. Indira says that PCOS affects one in 10 women of child bearing age but quite alarmingly, adolescent PCOS is also on the rise. Unfortunately, about 50 percent of women who have PCOS remain undiagnosed. In fact, in some of the cases, PCOS can also lead to high insulin resistance which in turn leads to brownish black patches on the neck, breast area, arms, and thighs.

With no definitive cause clearly known besides lifestyle changes and genetics, PCOS is clearly a huge concern for women of all ages, and I was particularly shocked to know that it has become a very common health issue with teenage girls and young women. However, what is heartening to know is that even if it can’t be cured, PCOS can be controlled through medication and lifestyle changes. Most importantly, Dr. Indira reassures that with proper medical treatment, PCOS can be managed and women can conceive without any fear. The video below is really enlightening – Watch it

As I always say, good health is first about awareness and then about the action. If you have PCOS or you know someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS…please spread the word; there is no reason to lose heart. Corrective lifestyle changes and the right medication at the right time…will definitely not let PCOS rob you of your womanhood. All it needs is a stitch in time. Always looking forward to your thought.

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