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Why Should You Take Multivitamins If You Have PCOS ?

There are various symptoms associated with PCOS such as insulin sensitivity, low metabolism, difficulty in losing or gaining weight, hair loss, unhealthy skin, and digestive complaints. These are symptoms that appear because of some underlying reason and therefore cannot be treated superficially. Despite what a lot of cosmetic products claim, these symptoms can be controlled with your diet and lifestyle more than anything. If you are wondering why diet is focussed upon so much, it is for the nutrients that it provides – energy, nutrients like a variety of vitamins and minerals, that not only nourish your body but also help in controlling and managing the symptoms of PCOS. 

A drive into Women’s health and PCOS

I am a 22 years old postgraduate student. I got diagnosed with PCOS in 2016. That year I went to Delhi for my higher studies from a small town in Assam. Already it’s been difficult for me to adjust to that new place in many ways. Due to PCOS, I was also facing irregular periods, mood swings, and other health issues. It has been quite hard for me to accept the fact, although according to my doctor it was not a big deal.

Why does PCOS lead to weight gain? How to manage it?

In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance is the leading cause of weight gain. Insulin resistance occurs when the pancreas produces insulin yet some cells in the body do not respond to it. As a result, to maintain normal blood sugar levels, the pancreas produces more insulin. This causes an increase in the production of the male hormone, androgen. Acne increased facial and body hair, and weight gain are all linked to this condition

Why is the infertility rate more in women with PCOS?

PCOS causes increased levels of male hormones (androgens) in women. PCOS has negative impacts on fertility. This is because women with PCOS do not ovulate regularly or normally. Ovaries overproduce estrogen which in turn affects ovulation. The main difference between polycystic and normal ovaries is that even though the polycystic ovaries contain many small antral follicles with eggs in them, the follicles do not develop and mature properly, so there is irregular and sometimes no ovulation.

Insulin Resistance and PCOS

PCOS and Insulin Resistance share a strong bond. Insulin resistance is said to be the key feature for PCOS, obese and lean both. Elevated insulin levels may be a contributing factor to inflammation and other metabolic complications associated with PCOS. Insulin resistance is not the same for everyone. Some women dealing with insulin resistance might develop PCOS while some women don’t.

PCOS & It’s Symptoms: How to Manage?

Since there is no cure for PCOS, managing it is crucial. There are various risks such as infertility and diabetes, but that is only if it is not taken care of. You have to live with this condition, so there are some lifestyle changes that one needs to adopt. These lifestyle changes are what PCOS management is all about.