How do you know if you have PCOS?
First off, if you’re asking ‘how do you know if you have PCOS?’ here are the basics as to what exactly PCOS is. PCOS is a condition that affects your ovaries. Your ovaries become bigger than normal and feature lots of follicles that surround the eggs.
The name Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a little misleading as you don’t actually develop cysts with this condition.
What are PCOS Symptoms?
PCOS starts from the first time a girl gets her period and continues until the menopause. A
side from issues surrounding periods and getting pregnant, it can also cause other PCOS symptoms such as -
- Excessive facial hair
- Weight issues
- Hair loss
What are the First Signs of PCOS?
If you’re wondering whether you may have PCOS, some early signs to look out for include: missed, irregular, or no period; skin that seems excessively oily and/or spotty; hair loss, excess hair growth often on your face but which may also appear on your nest, chest, bum, or back.
PCOS symptoms vary from person to person and can often not be down to PCOS at all. So if you’re worried and are looking at ways of how to deal with PCOS, it’s best to get a diagnosis from a qualified doctor first.
What Causes PCOS?
Unfortunately the cause of PCOS is still unknown. It is often linked to genetics – so if your mum or her mum had PCOS, there’s a chance you could have it too. Aside from the genetic factor, PCOS is also caused by a hormonal imbalance, or more specifically an overproduction of insulin and androgens.
There is currently no cure for PCOS and it can take time learning how to treat PCOS and live with the condition as best as is possible. Even though it can’t be cured, some of the symptoms can be treated.
How to Deal with PCOS?
Dealing with PCOS can take its toll. After all it’s a condition that serves up a whole load of side effects most of us would really rather do without.
Whether you’re suffering from PCOS hair loss, or dealing with excess PCOS facial hair, there’s often a PCOS treatment to help. You could try -
- Looking into the best diet for PCOS – try boosting your intake of fibre-rich foods, oily fish, green veggies like kale and spinach, and adding plenty of red fruits like grapes and berries too
- Although it’s best to get most of your nutrients from your diet, you can give it a little helping hand with some vitamins for PCOS. Look out for hormone balancing faves such as B6, B12, and folate
- It might feel like the last thing you want to do – especially if you’re dealing with a painful period – but adding a little exercise into your day can really help shift pain, your focus, and increase your energy levels. Not feeling up to much? No problem – just put on your trainers and walk round the streets for 20 minutes. Outdoor exercise is a great way to top up your Vitamin D levels too
Talk to a Specialist
Though it’s certainly disheartening that the condition itself isn’t curable, that doesn’t mean you can’t tackle the symptoms.
If the side effects of living with PCOS are getting you down, take some time out for you. At Este we offer treatments that are suitable for treating certain PCOS symptoms, and we regularly help women dealing with these issues.
We understand it can be upsetting having to live with PCOS, but you needn’t feel as if you’re alone and as if there’s nothing you can do. Come and talk to our trained specialists in a free no-obligation consultation and we’ll be able to explain what and how we can help. The conditions we can help address are:
- Hair growth – PCOS can often mean hair grows in places you’d rather it didn’t like on your face, chest or neck for example. Thanks to cutting edge laser technology you can help tackle this annoying and often upsetting side-effect
- Acne – at Este we offer a range of treatments to target acne
- Weight gain – it can be hard to shift excess lbs when you have PCOS but at Este we offer Fat Freezing therapy to help banish unwanted fat
- Female pattern baldness – laser hair regrowth therapy
- Hyperpigmentation/darkening of the skin – The Cosmelan Peel is the world’s best treatment for skin pigmentation issues and we offer it right here at Este
So if you’ve just received your PCOS diagnosis, please don’t think that all hope is lost.
Thanks to advances in skin and wellness technology it is entirely possible to make the symptoms of PCOS much more bearable and easier to live with.