Category Archives: PCOS

8 Common Symptoms of PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition affecting about 10 percent of women. Sadly, the notable prevalence is only just one problem of PCOS. Perhaps an even greater issue is that fact that approximately half of those with PCOS are unaware of it. Resolving PCOS requires improved general awareness of PCOS and greater individual ability to identify the signs and symptoms of PCOS. Only then will we be able to effectively identify and attend to this common condition. What is PCOS? PCOS is an endocrine disorder that develops in a large percentage of the female population, specifically women between the ages of 12 and 51. Although the exact cause of PCOS is unclear, experts know that PCOS is closely tied to hormone balance. It has been shown that irregular values of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can contribute to the development and continuation of PCOS. PCOS […]

What Every Woman Needs to Know About PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, sometimes called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome or PCOS, is a female-specific condition that may cause serious health problems and various cosmetic issues. An approximated 10% of women experience PCOS, making it one of the most common endocrine disorders among females. PCOS is the current leading cause of infertility among women. Because of its high occurrence rate and potentially significant impact on women’s health, it important that we be familiar with the signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for PCOS. What is PCOS? PCOS is a hormonal condition most frequently experienced by women during their reproductive years, roughly between the ages of 12 and 51. It is estimated that nearly 7 million women have PCOS. Unfortunately, less than 50% of those suffering from the condition are properly diagnosed or receive appropriate care. The key determining factor of PCOS is hormone balance. Specifically, progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones […]

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

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Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all women have PCOS making it one of the most common endocrine disorders among women. Sadly, less than 50 percent of those with PCOS are diagnosed or treated. Part of the issue may be that people simply are not familiar with the condition meaning they are not aware that their symptoms may be related to one another. Having a better understanding of PCOS, the symptoms it exhibits, and what treatment options are available can help one overcome the many problems that come with this frustrating condition. An Overview of PCOS PCOS is caused by an imbalance of the female sex hormone progesterone and estrogen. If these essential hormones remain imbalanced, cysts containing immature eggs can form in the ovaries resulting in dysfunction such as cardiac disease, irregular menstruation, unexpected hair growth, and endometriosis. Upwards of 72 percent of women with PCOS suffer from infertility […]

Top 5 Endocrine Disorders and What You Can Do About Them

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Being introduced to and informed of the leading endocrine disorders can help one acquire better treatment and greater health. There are numerous conditions that impact the endocrine system, and therefore the rest of the body. The following five conditions or disorders have proven themselves to be some of the most prevalent and impactful. Type 2 Diabetes As opposed to Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes tends to develop slightly later in life. This condition is primarily due to nutritional and hormonal imbalances. A major concern for those with diabetes is insulin. This hormone is responsible for converting sugars and starches into usable energy. Those with Type 2 Diabetes experience significant insulin resistance. Lowered receptivity to this hormone results in inhibited cell, tissue, gland, and organ efficacy. Because of the widespread impact of Type 2 Diabetes, one may experience any or all the following symptoms. Increased frequency of urination Fluctuations in […]

Save Your Skin – What These Common Skin Issues Mean

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If one is not aware of the signs and symptoms of poor skin health, they run the risk of experiencing painful, frustrating, and sometimes debilitating conditions. Being aware of the many signs and indicators of skin disease and some of the associated conditions can help one keep their skin looking and functioning at its best. Recognizing the symptoms of skin-related conditions and knowing how to resolve them helps skin stay happy and healthy. Signs and Symptoms of Skin Disease Skin conditions can result in symptoms ranging from mild irritation and redness of the skin to aggressive hair loss and severe dryness. Part of the difficulty of properly diagnosing skin conditions is that they have many overlapping symptoms. The following paragraphs give a brief peek at a variety of skin conditions, their symptoms, and means of treatment. Dermatitis There are two categories of skin irritation that fall under the title of […]

PCOS: Signature Skin Conditions and Why They Shouldn’t Be Ignored

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Only by accurate diagnosis and addressing underlying hormone imbalances, will the condition be corrected. The cosmetic effects on the skin are some of the more noticeable and distressing features, however PCOS is a serious health condition that should not be ignored! The pattern of symptoms, which may also include infertility and weight gain, also carries an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The key to overcoming various health conditions is recognizing a pattern of symptoms and addressing their root cause. Unfortunately many are often too busy taking care of others that they don’t pause to consider that some of their frustrating issues, i.e. acne, dark skin patches, and infertility, can be related and ultimately treated; such is the case with PCOS. Glancing at the list of symptoms, it is easy to see why depression, anxiety and a poor outlook on life, are frequent complaints. Note, the pattern of […]

Acne and Unwanted Facial Hair: Could it be PCOS?

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Many women struggle with acne, even those that believe they are “past that stage in life”, and if that wasn’t enough, many are also losing the battle on unwanted facial and body hair all the while not knowing why. A condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may be to blame. PCOS has women struggling to control both of these unwanted issues, and is the result of imbalanced sex hormones, affecting as many as 7 million women and adolescent girls today. The ovaries normally make small amounts of male hormones. Tiny cysts on the ovaries, created by PCOS, cause the ovaries to overproduce male hormones. Those elevated hormone levels (testosterone) cause many unwanted cosmetic changes. Symptoms of PCOS typically begin to develop about the age of 13 and appear to have a genetic component to it because many individuals afflicted with PCOS have had a family member diagnosed as well. […]

Could a Medical Problem Called PCOS be Causing your Cosmetic Symptoms?

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What is PCOS? PCOS, also called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, is the most common endocrine disorder among women, affecting as many as 5% to 10% of all women. And while many of its symptoms are externally visible, PCOS can involve multiple organ systems within the body. It is the most common cause of infertility in women, and carries a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes in those patients who have it. PCOS appears to have a genetic component. Patients affected with PCOS often will have both male and female relatives with adult-onset diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and elevated triglycerides, as well as female relatives with menstrual problems, excess hair growth, and infertility. Cause and Diagnosis It is not clear what causes PCOS, and there are no specific blood tests to diagnose the disorder. But patients with the disorder often are seen with hormonal imbalances, including elevated testosterone, a classic, hallmark […]