“IT'S NOT JUST OVARIES”
By Dr. Sahrish Bhutto
Do you believe the sun will come out tomorrow? Positivity is the key to good health. When challenges in life seem overwhelming, it is important to sort it out by talking and discussing it.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the biggest global challenges women are facing, with one in eight women fighting this syndrome. If you are facing menstrual irregularities, weight gain or skin changes like acne & hair growth, it's time to book an appointment with your doctor.
This syndrome affects women intimately and its something that many of them don’t talk about much, but as a health care provider and a doctor and more importantly as a woman, it’s our responsibility to spread the awareness and knowledge related to this syndrome and its long term associations with serious health consequences such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart diseases.
One thing that is very important for woman to know is if you are suffering from PCOS, you are not the only one. It is one of the common diseases that can afflict any woman in her reproductive age. A woman with PCOS grows many small cysts on her ovaries, which are not harmful but can lead to hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance results in appearance of all the symptoms like irregular periods, acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain, increased insulin resistance that may lead to diabetes and the real fear is about the ability to become pregnant, Yes! Women suffering with PCOS do face difficulty to conceive.
PCOS does impact the ovaries but it is more than that, it is a hormonal disorder that impacts on just about every area of body and life. Losing weight and fighting with depression is a constant struggle, but keep this in mind you are not alone in this struggle.
Although coping with PCOS is a challenge, it is complicated and requires constant struggle but remember it is not a fatal or a dangerous disease, so be a strong woman, accept the challenge and initiate a conversation with your doctor as soon as possible. Prompt treatment, a healthy lifestyle and an optimistic mind can help minimize or eliminate many of the symptoms.
With PCOS getting pregnant can be a challenge but the good news is that it is not impossible. There are number of treatments available. So if you have irregular cycles and you are trying to conceive for the past six months, book an appointment with your obstetrician/gynecologist or infertility expert. Medications, injectable drugs and intervention are available with a good success rate.
Healthy eating and regular exercise helps a lot in coping with other problems like weight gain; depression and insulin resistance. Exercising on regular basis can control our hormones and its productions.
Therefore, increase your awareness, see what you are eating. Don’t be a couch potato, go out, hit the gym or get some fresh air and workout. Be supportive and understanding if any of your loved ones are suffering. It can be your wife your friend or anyone from family, understand that she is struggling with her self-esteem. Many women with PCOS report having issues with their self-esteem.
Better support and understanding can help us fight any challenge. Thanks for taking time and reading because as a society it’s our responsibility to help in educating and spreading awareness related to health.
“Healthy Woman, Healthy Society”