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PCOS is considered to be one of the most common endocrine disorders among women of reproductive age and is the most common cause of infertility due to anovulation. The worldwide prevalence is estimated to be 6–7%.
PCOS is often looked at as a condition, but it is important to remember it is a syndrome – which is a collection of symptoms. These may have different causes, and might not even include polycystic ovaries.Although PCOS symptoms tend to show up around puberty, most women don’t find out they have the disorder until their 20s or 30s when they are trying to get pregnant.
PCOS is linked to insulin dysregulation, birth control pill use, underlying inflammation in the body and nutrient deficiencies.
The condition usually affects three major hormones: Androgens (testosterone and DHEA), progesterone and insulin.
First, women with PCOS produce high levels of androgens (male sex hormones) at the expense of female hormones, like estrogen. High androgens in women can result in a number of unpleasant effects. Symptoms of high androgens in women include:
- Unwanted weight gain and inability to lose weight
- Male-pattern baldness
- Hair growth on the face and other parts of the body not usually associated with women
- Irregular or absent periods
- Anovulation (No egg is released during ovulation, which can lead to infertility)
If a woman isn’t getting her period, or her cycle is severely out of whack, she’s not going to be producing enough progesterone, as the result of lack of ovulation. This can also contribute to irregular or absent periods.
PCOS often results in higher than normal levels of insulin, due to insulin resistance. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar levels.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Most experts think that several factors, including genetics, play a role. Environmental toxins may also contribute.
Dietary and lifestyle changes often produce amazingly fast improvements.