PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a condition that can completely change your life because when this condition is diagnosed, you’ll need to make lifestyle changes in order to manage it. PCOS leads to hormonal fluctuations and slows down the body’s natural metabolism – so needless to say, many women experience hair fall and thinning of their hair, weight gain, acne (not just on the face but all over the body) and an irregular menstrual cycle.
What happens in PCOS?
In order to understand this condition completely, you need to understand more about hormone production in the female body.
Women’s bodies produce the following hormones:
Usually, women produce a small amount of androgens but with PCOS, the body starts producing more androgens than the normal amount. This disrupts the regularity of the menstrual cycle by preventing ovulation.
The follicles are affected by these abnormal hormone levels and so, even though the follicles grow, the egg cells do not get released. This further leads to prevention of ovulation and these follicles may turn into cysts. Further the body does not produce the hormone progesterone and this is the main cause for your irregular period cycle.
Now that you know what happens in this condition, lets bust some PCOS myths!