Silent Signs of PCOS You Often Ignore
It’s easy to blame your everyday stress when you skip several periods (especially when you are not pregnant), but the chances of a serious underlying disease also cannot be completely discarded. A missed period is often a silent signal of PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a disease caused by endocrine disorder in the body and marked by small cyst like blisters inside the ovary.
While PCOS is reported as the biggest concern of female health these days, the treatment options for this disease are extremely limited, mainly because it’s often left undiagnosed. According to a report published by Metropolis Healthcare, a multinational chain of pathology laboratories, about 18% of women in India of age group 15 to 30 (in their reproductive age) suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, but less than half of them are diagnosed. Because the signs of PCOS are so silent that most women tend to ignore these PCOS symptoms, considering them an obvious consequence of their hectic lifestyle.
Check out these silent signs and symptoms of PCOS, so that you can visit at doctor at the right time.
A Missing Period
Unpredictable menstrual cycle or a missed period is one of the major signs of PCOS. While for the adolescents, a missed period is the first red flag, the adults might experience this along with a host of other gynaecological symptoms. Having irregular periods is a clear sign of hormonal imbalance (essentially testosterone), which is the common upshot for polycystic ovary.
PCOS or ovarian cysts account for about 50% of infertility issues in India. The hormonal imbalance that increases endocrinal disorders pose a threat to regular ovulation. With irregular and scanty periods, there are possibly fewer periods of fertility. Although infertility can be caused by many underlying factors, other than PCOS, doctors usually perform a testosterone check, to ascertain if ovarian cysts have triggered the cause.
Unexpected Hair Growth
Abundance of hair on places where men usually have hairs (for example, chest, face, stomach, thumbs) develops hirsutism, a clear sign of hormonal disparity. While unexpected hairs in females is curable with hormone treatments, we often tend to overlook these symptoms. However, increasing hirsutism symptoms should be diagnosed for underlying PCOS.
Underlying PCOS elevates androgen levels, thus leading to a host of dermal anomalies including acne, dandruff and excessive hair-root secretion in skin and hair. While it looks like a skin disorder, due to overexposure to sun and pollution (the reason for which we ignore these symptoms) , in most cases such cosmetic symptoms are the common consequences of PCOS. See your doctor immediately, if you have an acne breakouts on your skin accompanied with excessive oil secretion.
Annoying skin tags
Women with PCOS often experience a stubborn darkening of the skin around the back of their neck line. Although it seems like a patch caused by a cheap necklace, in most cases, the dark discoloration of the skin is a significant sign of PCOS. Females also experience an excess of skin popping out from neck and underarms, who are suffering from this ailment.
A big belly is not always a symptom of your lethargic lifestyle. If regular exercise and dieting do not help you shed those extra pounds, visit your doctor for a diagnosis. PCOS often cause your belly bulge due to insulin and leptin resistance. While insulin resistance triggers fat storage in your body, leptin resistance makes you feel full throughout the day, which in turn messes up your normal appetite.
Although sleep apnoea is not directly related with PCOS, it can also be treated as a common symptoms of Polycystic Ovary. Hormonal imbalance directly affects the heart rate and blood pressure level, which is why it disturbs the breathing cycle during your sleep.
Early diagnosis and right treatment can control the symptoms of PCOS, but, nevertheless, the increasing trend of the disease seems to be a prevalent threat to the women health in India. See your doctor, if you are experiencing any of these signs, as polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can turn out fatal if left undiagnosed for an extended period of time.