Polycystic ovary syndrome, a common cause of chronic pain.

Pelvic or abdominal pain?  Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOs) is one of the leading medical conditions that affects women.  It is estimated that 1 in every 15 women have this disorder.   Could this be causing your pain?

Polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms

Women who have this may have  menstrual  irregularities such as, prolonged periods, less than 8 menstrual cycles a year. It can take up to 4 months between cycles and when you do receive it, it may be heavy or scant. Another symptom may be an elevated level of the men’s hormone Androgen. This may result in acne and facial and body hair growth. Some women also experience enlarged ovaries with cysts. Infertility can occurs due to the lack of ovulation. Pelvic and abdominal pain may also be a symptom.

 Polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis

Doctors can diagnose this by asking medical history and symptoms.   A definitive diagnosis is made by performing an ultrasound of the ovaries.

 How is it treated ?

Most women who  suffer from PCOs are overweight,  so it is recommended to exercise and eat a healthy diet.  Medications are available to help start a menstrual cycle and to help with pain.  Pain management specialists may be helpful in setting up programs to control the pain episodes.  If you are suffering from infertility due to PCOs , surgery is available to help aid in becoming pregnant.




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