An insightful tutorial on PCOS - causes and effects
16 May 2014
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman’s hormone levels, periods and ovulation. To win the battle against PCOS, try to understand the causes and effects that are associated with this condition, in addition to starting your PCOS treatment sessions.
Below is a short insightful tutorial on PCOS, where a health expert explains the causes and effects of this condition in greater detail.
The causes and effects of PCOS explained
Often, the side effects, such as excess hair, blemished skin and weight gain are talked about more than the actual causes of PCOS. Understanding the root cause of the disorder in greater depth first, will help you fight against the condition.
At the beginning of this clip, we’re told what PCOS actually stands for. According to Dr. Berg ‘Poly’ stands for many and ‘Cystic’ refers to the cysts that are present on our ovaries.
Berg suggests that the name is quite misleading since PCOS is mostly linked with the production of too many follicles (egg) in the ovaries, rather than having too many unpleasant cysts on the ovary.
According to Berg, there is a sac around the follicle that produces androgens. Ideally the androgens are meant to convert into the female sex hormone, oestrogen by an enzyme called aromatase.
If these enzymes get blocked, this could lead to a build of androgens. The blockage is said to occur due to chemicals that are usually found in genetically modified foods, so it would probably be best to stay away from these as much as possible.
Berg finishes the tutorial by suggesting that excess sugar and stress can also increase our androgen levels, so it's better to avoid these before your PCOS condition worsens further.
Other PCOS treatments you could consider
Keeping a strict eye on your diet is always a great way of gaining some control of PCOS. You can cure your acne-prone skin caused by PCOS by starting your laser treatment for acne with an expert skin specialist at one of our sk:n clinics. To enquire more about the various treatments we have on offer, get in touch with us today.