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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS/PCOD) related infertility

25 Aug 2015

About 8-10% of women of reproductive age suffer from PCOS. It is very common.

  • PCOS, short for polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common cause of anovulation and female infertility
  • It is also sometimes referred to as PCO (polycystic ovaries) or PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease)

Common signs and symptoms  in women with polycystic ovaries are:

 

  • Irregular menstrual cycles, called oligomenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea or total lack of periods
  • Extremely painful periods
  • Hirsutism or excess facial and body hair with onset at early teens or early 20’s
  •  Women with polycystic ovaries often have an excess amount of the male hormones testosterone and androstenedione - resulting in high testosterone levels in the blood.
  • Excessive oily skin and skin breakouts /pimples

 

Women with polycystic ovaries and fertility problems:

The infertility rate with polycystic ovaries is very high. Women with pcos/pcod , usually will have difficulty getting pregnant - and usually require treatment to improve chances for pregnancy.

  1. The basic difference between polycystic and normal ovaries is that although the polycystic ovaries contain many small follicles with eggs in them, the follicles do not develop and mature properly - so there is no ovulation.
  2. Since women with polycystic ovaries do not ovulate regularly, they do not get regular menstrual periods

So Women with PCOD

-Do not release an egg (ovulate) regularly

-Have ovaries that contain many small cystic structures, about 2-9 mm in diameter

 

Coping with Stress associated with PCOD

Studies reveal that women with PCOS are more vulnerable to fall prey to a  variety of emotional and mental conditions, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, mood swings, and chronic stress. Approximately 34% of women with PCOS have depression compared to 7% of women in the general population and around 45% have anxiety, compared to only 18% of the general population. Research shows experiencing the symptoms of PCOS, including excess hair growth, hair loss, acne, weight changes and fertility problems, can negatively affect mood, self–confidence and body image.  Thus, these emotional or psychological symptoms stretch far beyond polycystic ovaries and physical pain. It also indicates that the emotional side effects of having PCOD can exacerbate the physical pain and can devastate a women s life both physically and emotionally.

 

Depression and anxiety can impact on your quality of life in multiple ways:

  • Physically – by affecting your appetite and Sleep
  • Psychologically – By increasing your feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness leading to lack of motivation to work on your issues, further making you feel helpless and alone.
  • Socially –  the physical and psychological impact of PCOD may make you self-conscious, moody and irritable thus making you avoid social situations and increasing conflicts with family/loved ones.

 

However, there is something you can do.

The long wait to get PCOS diagnosed and the diagnoses itself generally leads to a myriad of symptoms like denial, anger, disbelief and learned helplessness. It would definitely help with these emotional difficulties and other psychological side effects of the hormonal fluctuations resulting from PCOD, if you seek professional psychological support from a qualified and trained therapist /psychologist or counsellor as soon as you get to know of the diagnosis.

Using Self affirmatory statements that “PCOS does not have me, I have PCOS so I control what it will do to me” can help you fight this condition with courage and positivity.

Keep yourself occupied productively and creatively as that will continue giving you a sense of mastery and pleasure and act as mood elevator you.

Join a support group which has other women with PCOD and this will not make you feel alone and also provide a learning platform to learn strategies that help other women with PCOD , cope with their stress.

Following your doctor’s word to the core when it comes to medication and following a daily routine, especially exercising and looking after your diet will help you feel confident and deal with body image issues.

A healthy lifestyle, complete with nutritious diet, plentiful exercise, and targeted nutritional supplements and/or prescription medications can help you bring your PCOS mood issues and symptoms under control.

 

Treating PCOS Led infertility. 

Many Medications and Therapies are available to help women with PCOS,  ovulate. Your gynaecologist can help you decide, the best therapy. Usually Medication therapy combined with lifestyle changes and stress management help curb the PCOS led infertility in many cases. So dont worry! Just take a holistic wellness approach. 

 

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