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PCOS and Menopause

PCOS and Menopause

Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a hormonal disorder amongst women that commonly affects their ovaries, ovulation, and fertility. During their reproductive years (15 - 44 years old), PCOS may develop and may start along with the first menstrual cycle. Excess insulin is one cause of this condition. When a female’s body is resistant to insulin, the pancreas will create more of it which, in effect, forces the ovaries to produce more androgen (male hormones). Androgens are the ones who derange the menstrual cycle and impede the ability to ovulate. 

Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Irregular Periods - women with PCOS often have nine menstrual periods per year only, which is more than 35 days between periods.
  • Excess Male Hormones - the overabundance of androgen is physically perceptible in women with PCOS. They develop large amounts of facial and body hair together with acne. 
  • Polycystic Ovaries - ovaries contain cysts with immature eggs that will never reach maturity 
Menopause is the finale of a series of menstrual cycles of women aged 40 to 50 and above. It is diagnosed after one year of no menstrual periods which is a red light on any conception in the future. It is a part of every woman’s biological cycle and has no underlying causes. However, symptoms during the menopausal stage may make women uncomfortable and still affect their overall well-being.

Symptoms of Menopause
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Hair Thinning or Loss
  • Sore or Tender Breasts
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Less Full Breasts
  • Increased Urination
  • Weight Gain
  • Reduced Bone Mass
  • Dry Skin, Mouth, and Eyes
  • Memory Problems
  • Painful or Stiff Joints
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Reduced Libido, or Sex Drive

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