Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is very common among young women today, a result of their haphazard lifestyles. It is a condition where multiple cysts (fluid filled sacs) develop in the ovaries. While the cysts themselves aren’t harmful, they do lead to issues like hormonal imbalances and problems like irregular periods. It can also make it difficult to conceive.
“Studies show that 8 out of 10 women have PCOS due to their unhealthy lifestyles. This in turn contributes to infertility in 80% of the women that we meet.” – Dr.Samundi Sankari, Founder & Medical Director
PCOS can be diagnosed with an ultrasound. Some of the symptoms that you could experience if you are having PCOS are heavy bleeding, unwanted hair growth, acne and hormonal imbalances. If you do notice these signs, consult a gynaecologist or fertility expert, particularly if you are planning to conceive. Early diagnosis and systematic treatment not only helps to control symptoms, but can also prevent you from acquiring long term problems such as diabetes.
Is it treatable? YES. The severity of PCOS may vary from mild, to moderate, to severe. A large part of tackling PCOS involves simple yet effective lifestyle modifications, which include weight reduction (BMI correction), regular exercise, a well-balanced protein-rich diet, plenty of fluids and anti-oxidant supplements.
At the Srushti Fertility Centre, we handle moderate PCOS with medication, while in severe cases, we recommend a minimally invasive procedure called ovarian drilling to trigger ovulation.
“If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, it is important to remember that it is primarily lifestyle-induced, and can be treated. With effective medical advice, surgical intervention and if need be, assisted reproductive techniques that we offer, you can have a healthy baby.” – Dr. K. Sajitha, Fertility Consultant.