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What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that can affect as many as 27 percent of women of reproductive age, characterized by the presence of ovarian cysts, elevated androgen levels, and menstrual irregularity.

What causes PCOS?

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it's thought that high levels of male hormones interfere with the ovaries' ability to make hormones and eggs normally. It seems to run in families and is likely influenced by several genes. 

Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance, meaning their bodies struggle to use insulin, which leads to higher insulin production and more male hormones. Being overweight can cause insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which are linked to higher male hormone levels and can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Common Symptoms of PCOS

Some women experience symptoms from the onset of their menstruation, while others may not realize they have PCOS until they encounter significant weight gain or difficulties conceiving.
Irregular period
Irregular Periods
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Heavy Bleeding
Hirsutism
Hair Growth
Acne
Acne
Metabolic Changes
Weight Gain
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Headaches
Hair Loss
Baldness
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Darkening Skin
Imbalances in hormones can have various impacts on a woman's well-being. PCOS is associated with a heightened risk of conditions such as infertility, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, endometrial cancer, and depression.
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Managing PCOS Through Nutritional and Active Lifestyle

For managing PCOS, losing a small amount of weight, eating a balanced diet, and regular exercise can help regulate your cycle and reduce symptoms. Low-carb and low-GI diets are particularly beneficial. Exercise, especially when paired with healthy eating, can also reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Acupuncture could be beneficial for PCOS, but it's important to seek advice from a healthcare professional before trying it.
Dr. Linda Khoshaba is the Leading Integrative Health and Hormone Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has extensive experience working in the field as a Hormone Specialist and Natural Endocrinologist.

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