Am I suffering from PCOS?

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common hormonal disorders among women of reproductive age (affecting approximately 8-13% of all women),2 many of those living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) don’t even know that they have it.

Getting a PCOS Diagnosis

Women suffering from PCOS often face major health issues and common comorbidities, and yet it can still be hard to get a PCOS diagnosis, because the symptoms can be vague or can mimic those of other conditions. And while there is no single definitive test to diagnose PCOS, if you are suffering from two of the three following main symptoms (and any other disorders that mimic PCOS symptoms have been excluded), then you may receive a PCOS diagnosis:7

  1. Irregular periods (called oligomenorrhea) or no periods at all (known as secondary amenorrhoea) due to not ovulating.4
  2. Hyperandrogenism, which is an excess of the male hormone testosterone, and which leads to symptoms like
    1. This refers to unwanted hair growth on the upper lip, face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, or abdomen.4
    2. Thinning hair on the head or male pattern balding.4
    3. Acne.4
  3. Cysts on ovaries, which are fluid-filled sacs, and which can only be seen on an ultrasound.4

 In addition to these three primary symptoms, women living with PCOS might also experience a range of other associated symptoms or comorbidities. These include:

  1. Infertility.4
  2. Being overweight. 4
  3. Heart disease. 4
  4. Insulin resistance. 4
  5. Dyslipidaemia, which refers to an abnormal amount of lipids in the blood. 4

What to do if you think you may have PCOS.

If you’re struggling with some (or many!) of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to get an official diagnosis. While the main therapeutic option is hormonal treatments (like oral contraceptives), there are other treatment options like insulin sensitizers, lifestyle modifications, and natural supplements like SalomeTM Polycos.2,3,4,6,7

SalomeTM Polycos is made with caronositol, a natural D-chiro-inositol (DCI) that is extracted from the fruit of the Carob tree.1 Studies have shown that oral administration of DCI in women living with PCOS can have the following results:

  1. Increased insulin sensitivity2
  2. Decreased blood pressure and serum concentration of androgens and triglyceride2,12
  3. Increased progesterone levels in irregular or absent periods2
  4. Reduced oxidative stress in follicular fluid13
  5. Reduced hyperandrogenism2
  6. A regulated menstrual cycle, with 51% of women reporting a normal ovulatory cycle after 15 months of treatment.7

Speak to your doctor about SalomeTM Polycos today, and click here to find out more.

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