Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder, is common among women during their reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have prolonged or infrequent menstrual periods. The ovaries may develop multiple small collections of fluid (follicles) thereby failing to regularly release eggs.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. However, early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications.
Usually, pregnancy-related complications are higher in women with PCOS. In some cases, it might lead to a high risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy. Some of the other complications include swelling of the body after the 20th week of pregnancy or preeclampsia, C-section delivery, and preterm birth.
The right care and preventive measures can help lower these risks and women with PCOS can have a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Some general guidelines we recommend at Dr. Smiti Women’s Clinic are:
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Exercise/meditate regularly to reduce stress and to maintain the right weight
- Balanced diet- Fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed food
We would recommend that you see a gynecologist if you have concerns related to menstrual periods, fertility or signs of excess androgen such as worsening hirsutism, acne, and male-pattern baldness.