Polycystic ovary syndrome will have a lot of different effects on your body, from hormonal changes to hair thinning. However, one of the biggest things the condition could impact is your time of the month.
Periods are already stressful enough, but with the addition of PCOS to your cycle, your time of the month may become even more worrying.
How does PCOS affect my time of the month?
As PCOS causes high levels of male hormones and insulin in the body, a woman’s menstrual cycle can be disrupted and altered by the changes happening. Ovulation and menstruation are interrupted, so periods tend to be irregular or stop altogether.
PCOS can also make the flow of your period heavy or light. The condition affects everyone differently, and it’s important to work out what differences your time of the month has compared to an individual who doesn’t suffer from PCOS.
The condition can make it harder for women to get pregnant, because of the hormonal changes in the body. The disruption of ovulation means eggs will get released less often, reducing the chances of them being fertilised.
What classes as an irregular period?
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health states an irregular period is, ‘eight or less menstrual cycles per year’ or ‘menstrual cycles that last longer than 35 days’.
However, an irregular period doesn’t just have to one that arrives early or late. There are other factors like, ‘very heavy or light menstrual flow, an absent period, an inconsistent cycle, extreme cramping, bloating or nausea’, that could all add to a PCOS-sufferer’s time of the month.
What do I do if my period is irregular?
Irregular periods can be very annoying. Not only are you unprepared for your time of the month, every month, but you can be downtrodden by the constant worry that your period will come at any time. This means you won’t be able to enjoy yourself on holiday, at social events or even while swimming.
There are treatments and things you can do to help regulate your periods again. Firstly, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can bring hormone levels back down to a normal rate. Regular exercise and eating a balanced diet can lower your blood glucose levels and improve the way your body intakes and uses insulin.
Also, you can take supplements, which are designed to help women with PCOS get back to their normal lifestyle. MyOva myo-plus is designed for women with PCOS who wish to formulate normal ovarian function. It is a unique blend of three key ingredients that occur naturally in the body: Myo-Inositol, Folate and Chromium. The tablet supports reproductive health as the natural ingredients help insulin to function properly in the body again and help to return the body to its normal blood glucose levels.
It’s always important to speak to your GP to figure out what’s the best option for you. Whether your periods have stopped, are light, are heavy or arrive late every month, PCOS affects everyone differently. It’s important to speak to a professional if you are struggling with the side effects of the condition.
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