Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: A Hormonal Irregularity

A very common cause of irregular menstrual periods in women is polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. It is also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome but this name is not often heard. The condition that arises in this particular disorder is imbalance in hormonal secretions in women that affects the menstrual cycle as well as ovulation.

The common physical changes that take place are quite embarrassing for the women. Growth of facial hair, obesity and acne are some of the external manifestations, while within the body the woman can suffer from cyst formation on the ovary and infertility and mentally she can feel depressed and anxious. Though the condition is generally seen in women of child bearing age, cases where even 11 year olds were affected were also seen.

The causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome are not clearly known but often it is attributed to excessive secretion of androgens or the male hormones and lesser secretion of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This affects the frequency of ovulation and results in irregular menstrual cycle. Sometimes over-secretion of insulin can stimulate androgen secretion. Some times genetic history may lead to the condition also. If PCOS goes untreated, it can lead to heart ailments and diabetes.

Apart from hormonal therapies, women suffering from such conditions may try out some natural remedies. These remedies do not involve medicine but restrictions and physical activities. To start off you need to reduce weight that was gained due to this malfunction of the body. It has been seen that excessive body weight can stop ovulation and ultimately result in PCOS conditions. Such reduction in body weight can sometimes bring back the normal cycle and lower both the androgen and insulin levels. As a byproduct of such weight loss regime you might get benefited in later life also.

Diet plays an important role in regulating the body condition. Low carbohydrate diet and complex carbohydrates rich in dietary fiber are good food for those suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome. So add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereals, beans and sprouts and pulses in your daily diet. Avoid all junk food and simple carbohydrates like sugar, ice-cream, candies, fruit juice, colas, cookies, etc.

If you are concerned with the facial hairs, take the advice of a beautician and get rid of the hairs till you get back to normal state of health.