Living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can be frustrating and at time challenging. It’s a good idea to set goals to focus on when learning to live with PCOS. Those goals maybe restoring fertility, lowering insulin levels, treating acne or having a regular menstruation cycle. Women should always work closely with their doctor to figure out what works best for them.
It’s been studied and suggested that regular exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight could restore ovulation and fertility, improve acne issues and help balance the body’s hormone levels. That may be easy for doctors and experts to say but for the woman living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may find it hard to lose weight or keep it off. It’s been suggested that low carbohydrate diets and regular exercise can be effective in taking off the weight. Others have opted a low GI diet in which many of the carbohydrates consumed are from whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Taking off the weight and keeping it off is the most effective way to restoring ovulation, a regular menstrual cycle and lowering of insulin levels.
In some cases, medications are used to reduce insulin levels. When working with your doctor, you should let him know how each medication affects you. The doctor will want to know the good and bad things, as it’s the only way to get you on the right medication.
When dealing with fertility issues and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), you should know that not all women with PCOS have difficulty becoming pregnant. If a woman does it may be due to non ovulation cycle or cycles. If a woman is ovulating, infertility is most likely caused by something else. For overweight women with non ovulation cycles, weight loss will be recommended to gain back ovulation. If after weight loss there is still an ovulation issue, the doctor may recommend some medication to restore ovulation. If there comes a time after weight loss and medications don’t appear to be working, your doctor might opt for ovarian drilling. Ovarian drilling is a procedure to puncture some small follicles and restore ovulation.
Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) experiencing acne maybe given an oral medication or a lotion type medication to use on their skin. How acne is treated depends on how bad the acne is. Some women experience mild but annoying acne and others have severe cases. It’s good to work with your doctor as they find the treatment that will work best.
Women who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and have menstrual irregularities may be put on a contraceptive pill. This is most often the case with women who are not trying to get pregnant. This will help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and decrease her risk of endometrial abnormalities or cancer.
If you need support for living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), there are various groups in your community, as well as online forums. You’re not alone.