If you have experienced significant weight gain that you can’t explain, you may have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This condition is caused by multiple cysts on the ovaries and an imbalance of hormones, and it can cause a wide range of symptoms in women. It strikes pre-menopausal women and teenagers of every background and with varying degrees of symptoms. About 10% of women suffer from this condition.*
Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Gaining weight without explanation and finding it nearly impossible to take the weight off is often what prompts women to find out what is causing their weight problems, but PCOS can also be present without that telltale weight gain. Other symptoms of this condition include irregular periods or periods that come with heavy bleeding or other difficulties. Women with this condition may also suffer from migraines, moodiness, irritability and/or depression.
Some sufferers have had problems with infertility and postpartum depression. They may suffer from skin problems or have had miscarriages. One of the most noticeable symptoms that women have is growing excess hair on their legs, arms or faces. It is possible to have only a few of these symptoms and have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or the sufferer may have many of these symptoms at the same time. The array of symptoms of this condition and the tendency of those symptoms to mimic other illnesses have made PCOS go undiagnosed all too often.
Insulin and excessive weight gain
Insulin resistance is tied to this condition, and many people find it difficult to lose weight because of this resistance. Gaining 60 pounds within a year isn’t uncommon with PCOS, and getting that weight off may be nearly impossible. Menstrual problems may include skipping a period for months at a time and having exceptionally heavy periods that last longer than usual.
Many women with this condition try everything to lose weight and can’t shed much weight even when reducing their calorie count and increasing their exercise. That’s when they seek out testing and may discover their condition. A lab test can show your doctor whether you suffer from PCOS, even if you have few or even no symptoms.
To help correct the hormonal imbalance that causes this condition, taking bioidentical hormones can help restore the natural balance of your hormones*. We consult with you about the treatment you need to alleviate your symptoms and get you back on the road to better health.