PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a term familiar to many but known to very few of us. It’s an endocrine disorder and is very common in Indian women. But many of them do not even realise it and getting it treated is far behind question.

To start with, here are a few important things every woman should know about PCOS:

1. No identified cause

There’s no use stressing about identifying the cause of why you are suffering from this particular syndrome. That’s because even experts have not been able to do so. Although it can be hereditary in most cases, no other definite cause could be identified.

2. It isn’t that bad, but almost near!

Even though it isn’t a deadly disease, it can cause a number of diseases later in your life. These include infertility, diabetes, abnormal bleeding from the uterus, abnormal blood pressure, etc.

3. You don’t need to have all symptoms

That’s one of the reasons why a lot of women don’t even know they suffer from PCOS. It’s not necessary that you will have all symptoms that hint towards PCOS. Some have excess facial hair but regular periods, other both or none. It’s pretty complicated.

4. Being Obese is a problem

If you have PCOS and still gaining weight without a watch, it can be harmful to your health. The complications related to PCOS are seen to be adverse in obese people. So, start watching your weight now!

5. Treatment

There’s no hard and fast treatment for the disease but your gynaecologist knows your body best (after examination of course). Different medications are recommended according to the symptoms. A regular check-up is recommended to keep a check on PCOS.