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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is considered a very common disorder in women. Generally, PCOS affects women during their reproductive years (12-45 years of age). While treatment for PCOS may sometimes be controversial, many women find relief by using certain birth control pills. To learn more about PCOS and the available treatments for this condition, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) occurs in women whose ovaries are dysfunctional. As a result of this, a woman can develop chronic anovulation (or the ability to not produce eggs) as well as the growth of cysts on the ovaries. This occurrence is called polycystic ovaries. Symptoms of PCOS include excess hair growth on the face and body, increased difficulty getting pregnant (infertility), abnormal periods, and excessive weight gain. Depression can also accompany PCOS but isn't necessarily a symptom related to this condition. To lessen the severity of PCOS symptoms, it is considered good the woman can manage at least 35 minutes of regular exercise daily.

Is PCOS a serious problem?

In most cases, PCOS isn't considered a serious condition. However, PCOS may become an issue if a woman decides to become pregnant since ovulation is affected by this condition which automatically makes it more difficult to become pregnant. Women who are affected with PCOS many times may also have an increased chance of contracting diabetes. The reason for this is that PCOS has the ability to increase a woman's insulin resistance.

Another issue associated with PCOS is the development of a torsed ovary which occurs when the ovaries become enlarged due to the cysts that form on it and become contorted (twisted). When an ovary becomes twisted, a woman may experience severe pain and require immediate medical attention to correct the problem. .

Is light bleeding a symptom of PCOS?

Case details: Have a period every three months.

In many cases, when a woman has PCOS, ovulation may not occur. If the woman doesn't ovulate, the uterine lining doesn't slough off during her period which means continuous spotting or bleeding may be present. Even if the woman does ovulate every three months, the excessive build up in the uterine lining can still lead to spotting.

In this scenario, many women use progesterone pills to bring on a period every two months instead of prolonging the period for three months. By having a period every other month, the natural build up of the uterine lining is generally less which should stop the spotting between periods. Another option is to try birth control pills which generally cause a monthly period that allow for less male hormones to be produced by the woman's ovaries.

What is the best treatment for PCOS?

In many cases, a pill that decreases a woman's testosterone level such as Yaz, Yasmin or Beyaz seems to help with PCOS. However, many women don't want to use these pills due to the warnings about blood clotting. It must be remembered here that all birth control pills have some side effects and clotting can be avoided by exercising and increasing the body’s water intake. Another option is to take Demulen which is also a birth control pill that will help with the condition.

PCOS is a common condition that affects many women. Questions about choosing a method of safe treatment usually arise when a woman learns about the serious side effects experienced by many of the medicines available. If you have questions or concerns regarding PCOS, ask an Expert for medical clarity and suggestions for proper treatment of this condition.
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