Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid, follicles, located in each ovary. Women with PCOS have an imbalance of hormones that interferes with normal reproductive processes.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Symptoms
- Irregular or no menstrual periods. Examples include:
- menstrual intervals longer than 35 days
- fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year
- failure to menstruate for four months or longer
- prolonged periods that may be scant or heavy.
- Infertility due to decreased frequency or complete lack of ovulation
- Weight gain in the upper body and abdomen
- Excess androgen (male hormones) may result in:
- Hirsutism - excess facial and body hair
- adult acne or severe adolescent acne
- androgenic alopecia - male-pattern baldness
- Enlarged polycystic ovaries
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Home Remedies
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Choose complex carbohydrates high in fiber. Fibrous foods are more slowly digested and slow the rise of blood sugar levels. High-fiber carbohydrates include whole-grain breads and cereals, whole-wheat pasta, bulgur wheat, barley, brown rice, and beans.
- Exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Exercise helps lower blood sugar levels and may treat or prevent insulin resistance to help keep your weight under control.