What is polycystic ovarian syndrome?
PCOS is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. It often takes the form of higher-than-normal levels of male hormones, known as androgens, such as testosterone. This hormone imbalance causes women to skip menstrual periods, and generally leads to difficulty falling pregnant.
The condition is manifested by many, small fluid-filled sacs, or cysts, which grow inside the ovaries. Studies have shown these cysts to be follicles, each one containing an immature egg which never ripens to promote ovulation. When you don’t ovulate, the levels of estrogen and progesterone are much lower, while the levels of androgens are significantly higher,
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is best described as a condition which involves cysts in the ovaries, raised levels of male hormones, and irregular periods. It is estimated that the syndrome affects about 30% of women during their childbearing years.
Symptoms of PCOS.
The symptoms may be mild at first, and sometimes not even noticed. However, with time things will get worse, and will need medical attention.
Here are some of the common symptoms associated with PCOS.
· Very irregular periods.
· Acne-like skin breakouts.
· Unexplained weight gain.
· Thinning hair on the scalp.
· Distressing, excessive hair growth on the face and body.
· Serious problems with fertility when trying to fall pregnant.
Doctors do not know exactly what causes PCOS, but some studies indicate that genetics may be involved, as well as insulin resistance, and higher than normal levels of inflammation in the body.
How is PCOS treated?
First off, note that PCOS does need surgical treatment. Unless you need to have the ovaries totally removed, surgery will not be necessary.
There are other treatments available which can help, such as:
· A healthy eating plan can help to relieve the symptoms, and also promote weight loss. Obesity is known to increase inflammation in the body, which is a potential cause of PCOS.
· Cut out high-carb refined and sugary foods which are known to cause inflammation.
· Increase intake of healthy foods which decrease inflammation, such as tomatoes, green leafy veggies, olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish like tuna and salmon.
· Because PCOS is mainly the result of a hormone imbalance, restoring the balance of the hormones, is potentially the best the best treatment for successfully dealing with the physical symptoms.
Are there other symptoms beside physical symptoms?
Yes, there are. Studies have shown that an abundance of women are affected by emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. These are usually the result of appearance issues, like excess belly fat, facial hair growth, loss of head hair, and an inability to fall pregnant, which may all lead to depression and moodiness.
More research has indicated that body-image and self-esteem is an enormous, under-rated issue for women suffering from PCOS.
Health practitioners have now realised that stress management is a critical part of any treatment for PCOS to relieve symptoms, whether it be hormonal, or lifestyle changes.
The recommended way to manage emotional issues.
A number of PCOS issues are now proven to be associated with your emotional state, and there is a consensus of agreement among some health experts that hypnotherapy treatment be recommended to help cope with emotional problems.
Antidepressant medications may be prescribed, but these meds have their own set of side effects, and do not get to the root cause of the problem. Furthermore, if you are indeed battling to conceive, antidepressants are known to decrease libido, which will make it even more difficult to get pregnant.
Hypnotherapy works through accessing the subconscious mind to begin a healing process of the negative mental state related to self-esteem and other PCOS issues. It is a superb way to help you cope with the emotional symptoms of PCOS.
How hypnosis can help you.
Here are some of the ways hypnotherapy will help you.
· Help you stick to a healthy eating plan that will result in weight loss.
· Guide you in restoring you confidence and self-esteem issues, by helping you to overcome appearance concerns.
· Show you how to get a good night’s sleep using relaxation techniques.
Another bonus is that recent studies have shown that by using certain relaxation methods, hypnotherapy may help to increase fertility prospects.
Medical science has agreed that PCOS symptoms are not only a matter of physical issues like ovarian cysts and hormonal imbalance, but also has a major mental and emotional impact.
The conclusion is that sufferers should be treated by both medical, and mental means to obtain the best outcome to manage PCOS.