The female body is a tough place, which can withstand a lot of hardships. However, there are many medical conditions that can happen to a woman mainly because of the constitution of her body. It isn’t something that is in your control, however, you can take steps to find out if you are not healthy from the inside by keeping an eye out for the various signs that your body only gives you.
A particular health condition that has caught our attention now is PCOS which stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a hormonal disorder that is found commonly among women of reproductive age, which means anyone who has gotten their period.
PCO is a disorder in which a woman’s hormones are not in balance, which can cause irregular periods, which can either be infrequent or prolonged than usual, and it can also make it difficult to get pregnant because the ovaries form numerous follicles that make it difficult for the egg to get released.
However, the good thing is that if you detect this condition at an early stage then with the proper treatment and weight loss, the risk of long-term complications like heart diseases and type-2 diabetes may be reduced. Here are some signs that show that you have PCOS and that it is probably time to get yourself checked and get the right treatment.
Abnormal Weight Gain
Gaining a little bit of weight because you don’t exercise every day or because you have been eating too much junk food lately is fine, but when you notice that you have gained a bit too much weight in comparison to your lifestyle, you need to visit your doctor and get yourself checked for PCOS. Also, if you have been trying to shed those extra kilos for a while now and don’t see any visible difference in your weight, even that is a sign of PCOS.
Too Much Hair Growth
Now I don’t mean on your head, but rather in places where women, in general, don’t get a lot of hair; like on the chest or face. This is because, in PCOS, the body creates the male hormone “androgen” a lot more than it normally does, causing your body to get hairy the way men would.
Acne on the face, chest, and upper back is a sign of PCOS. Right around the time of puberty, a lot of people get acne on their face because the changing hormones in the body are causing that to happen. However, when you have PCOS your body’s hormones are way out of control and highly imbalanced because of which you might end up with a lot of acne and that too in a lot of places. So if you are noticing something like this happening to you, go to an Ob-gyn instead of a dermatologist.
Generally, anyone who has fewer than 9 periods in a year probably, and has a gap of 35 days between each period, or has an abnormally heavy flow has PCOS. Infrequent or prolonged, either, is one of the most common signs that a woman has PCOS. Do not take this situation lightly, and get yourself checked as soon as possible.
Thinning of Hair
This sign will be concentrated on the scalp region, kind of imitating male pattern baldness. Again, when your body is producing more of the male hormone than the female one, certain things that happen only to a man could be happening to your body as well.