What is PCOS?

PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, is a common hormonal disorder that affects women during their reproductive years. About 1 in 10 women have PCOS, making it one of the most prevalent endocrine disorders among women of childbearing age.

Symptoms of PCOS typically show up around the time of puberty and can include:

PCOS arises from a hormone imbalance. The ovaries produce higher-than-normal amounts of androgens, which are male sex hormones. This overproduction causes the ovaries to not work properly and fail to ovulate an egg each month. Without ovulation, women get fewer periods.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but research shows it often runs in families. Other contributing factors likely include insulin resistance, inflammation, and abnormalities in the hormones that control the menstrual cycle.

While there is no cure yet for PCOS, symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications:

The knowledgeable staff at Vitality Wellness Clinic clinic can provide individualized care plans to help women understand and manage their PCOS. With expertise in hormonal conditions, our practitioners take a holistic approach that addresses lifestyle, medications, emotional health, and family planning. Schedule a consult today to learn about evidence-based PCOS treatment options.

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