Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is common among women of childbearing age, usually 20 -35 years old at best. It is the hormone imbalance in estrogen and progesterone levels which causes ovarian cysts and infertility.

In a recent ManilaMed Healthline episode The Truth About PCOS and Infertility, Obstetrics and Gynecology expert Dr. Zedrix Gallito discussed how PCOS affects women’s lifestyle:

On Reproductive Cycle

Women with PCOS may experience infrequent, even absent, menstruation for months. This irregularity in the cycles can ultimately lower the couple’s chances of getting pregnant.

However, Dr. Gallito said that irregular periods thicken the lining of the womb, which usually results in problems such as heavy menstrual bleeding and possibly endometrial cancer if not properly treated.

Dr. Gallito prescribes birth control pills to balance the hormone levels and testing procedures like Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)  or Hysterosonosalpingogram (HSSG) for women who are  actively trying but are unsuccessful in getting pregnant. These treatments and routine monitoring can help diagnose and ease the effects of this lifelong condition.

On Diet

The illness  is associated with insulin-resistance,  which is another form of hormonal imbalance that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar. Ideally, staying away from fried food and adopting a high-fiber, low-carbohydrate, and low-sodium diet should be sought instead.

Stay away from anything sugary and starchy—sodas, candies, potatoes, and chips—as it can  aggravate insulin levels and increase the risk of having diabetes. Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drinking lots of water can keep your health in check.

On Physical Appearance

Having PCOS means producing more male hormones; thus triggers acne, oily skin, and excess body hair to most women.

“For PCOS, live a healthy lifestyle: proper diet and regular exercise. And if you have symptoms that you can’t handle on your own, don’t be afraid to visit your Gynecologist.” Dr. Gallito stated.

PCOS is not a hindrance to living a full life. It is a lifelong condition which can be managed with committed personal effort and expert medical guidance. ManilaMed’s Center for Women’s Health is here to provide holistic care to women of all ages. Visit ManilaMed or call 523 81 31 loc. 3100-3101 for more details.