Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Concise Introduction

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that affects 10% of women (Weschler, 1995).

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that can lead to other disruptions within the reproductive system. For this reason, it is wise to see a gynecologist regularly in order to screen for this condition.

This condition is characterized by hormone imbalance which leads to other complications such as irregular menstrual cycle, ovarian cysts, difficulty conceiving and an increased risk of ovarian cancer (Weschler, 1995).

Polycystic ovary syndrome is largely due to an overproduction of hormones that leads to prevention of regular ovulation. Accordng to Weschler (1995), the cases of polycystic ovary syndrome are largely genetic, however research has indicated that excess insulin is often produced which may cause overproduction of androgens.

This overproduction of hormones can lead to hormone imbalance and cause polycystic ovaries. Symptoms that are typically experienced by women diagnosed with polycystic ovary sydrome include irregular periods, excess body hair, acne and changes in the skin thickness (Storck, 2014).

Another symptom that is associated with polycystic ovary syndrome is obesity. About 50% of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are obese (Weschler, 1995).

Common allopathic treatment for this condition include hormonal birth control, LH releasing hormone analogs and Clomiphene (Storck, 2014). These allopathic treatment methods are all geared towards normalizing the menstrual cycle balancing the patient’s hormones. However, there are alternative methods to rectifying hormone imbalance.

For further reading . . .

Storck, S. (2014, February 24). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/polycystic-ovary-syndrome

Weschler, T. (1995). Taking charge of your fertility. Seattle: William Morrow Paperbacks.

 

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