Amenorrhea and PCOS
Have you ever missed your periods? If yes, you’re not alone!
Amenorrhea, or Missed periods is a very common symptom of Polycystic ovarian syndrome, along with other types of irregular menstruation. Missing one period isn’t a big issue because most women miss that a few times in their lives. However, missing three periods in a one year is one of the reason for diagnosing PCOS.
Amenorrhea may occur temporarily or chronic
because of an underlying problem. It is distinguished as primary or secondary depending on how and when it affects.
- Primary Amenorrhea
It is when menstruation does not occur by age 14 and secondary sex features such as breast development are absent. Females who grow normally but could not start their period by 16 also have primary amenorrhea.
- Secondary Amenorrhea
The absence of menstruation for three consecutive cycles of a woman who previously menstruated. Women who take birth control, are pregnant, or lactating are cancelled from this classification.
Amenorrhea is the most common symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that can come along with other irregular menstruation.
A female reproductive system is very complex especially during periods. Hormones play a very important role in monitoring the various processes.
There are various reasons for imbalance of hormones, but one complication that can influence PCOS is Insulin Resistance.
Insulin is a hormone which regulates your metabolism and levels can disturb many systems in the body, including the endocrine and reproductive system in women.
Other causes for Amenorrhea that should be ruled out are:
- Low body weight
- Birth control pills
You may have PCOS if you experienced your menstrual irregularities in early teenage even if it was not identified as a symptom at the time.
The significant symptom of Amenorrhea is that you miss periods.
Incase of PCOS, absent periods can also be followed by:
- weight gain or weight loss
- Increased hair growth or male pattern baldness
- Odd skin colour
- Milky nipples or breast tenderness
- Oily skin
The treatment of Amenorrhea focuses totally on the underlying cause of the symptom. As PCOS causes missed periods there are various options for regulating the menstrual cycle, which include insulin sensitizers and hormone-influencing medications and that address influence aspect of the problem.
The recommended options include:
- Oral contraceptives
- Fertility treatments
- Male hormone blockers
Amenorrhea, and other symptoms can be improved with the use of natural treatments. Amazing results can be seen while managing PCOS by diet changes, nutritional supplements, and exercise.
Guidelines for necessary diet changes
- Have carbohydrates with lean protein and snacks.
- Avoid or reduce saturated fats
- Limit dairy products of full fat
- Avoid sugar and eat fruits
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
- Buy best quality foods which are organic without any preservatives.
Women with PCOS are lacking essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, needed for hormonal health. These deficiencies can be cured with a good balanced diet and sometimes with nutritional supplements too.
Nutritional supplements for PCOS and period problems are:
- Amino acids
It is always good to have a good multi-vitamin to fulfill your needs.
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