One in 10 women. That’s the percentage of women worldwide – including Nigeria – affected by the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, according to scientific health research.

Mayo Clinic describes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as “a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.” The cause of the condition still remains unknown but excessive insulin and androgen are factors that may play a role in its symptoms. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is also hereditary.

 

Can women with PCOS give birth?

According to Very Well Health Magazine: “PCOS is the main cause of ovulatory infertility but that doesn’t mean women with the condition can’t have children at all. The truth is, the majority of women with PCOS can conceive on their own or with the help of fertility treatments.”

The Web MD had this to say: “A diagnosis of PCOS doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never have a baby of your own. There are a range of treatments to improve your fertility if you need them. Victoria Beckham and Jools Oliver have both had PCOS and they each have four children!”

 

Symptoms

  • Acne
  • Thinning hair on the scalp
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight
  • Facial hair
  • Irregular periods
  • Fertility problems
  • Depression

 

Diagnosis

  • A pelvic exam
  • Blood tests
  • An ultrasound

 

For more information, including details on treatment, please visit your local gynaecologist in your Nigerian community.

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