PCOS: What is it and what are its symptoms!

You might or might not be familiar with PCOS or Polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is an endocrine system disorder that affects a woman’s hormone level.

Women with PCOS produce more-than-normal levels of male hormones, which causes a hormonal imbalance that can lead to several health issues.

There are a few symptoms that indicate that a woman has been affected by PCOS and it may negatively impact women's health.

Hair loss or hair growth: When the levels of androgen which is a male hormone increases in women, they start losing their hair in ways such as receding frontal hairline or thinning of the scalp. On the other hand, growth of hair in women with PCOS may increase on their backs, bellies, and chests as well.

Irregular periods: Several women suffering from PCOS has complained that they get fewer periods than normal women. In addition to that, women also experience heavier or lighter bleeding during their cycles, which is because of the lack of ovulation that prevent shedding by their uterine lining.

Acne: Those who have been affected by PCOS have oilier skin than that of normal women due to the predominance of male hormones, which can lead to breakouts in their chest, face, and the upper back.

Weight gain: Most women affected by PCOS are either obese or overweight because of the over production of insulin in an attempt to maintain a normal blood sugar level.

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