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Pcos And Perimenopause
What exactly is pcos and how is it diagnosed? What is used to help? How do you distinguish between perimenopause and pcos?
Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more
Lately i've been having crazy mood swings. I have pcos and im taking pills. Im scared it may be perimenopause or something? Is this likely? Almost 18
Im perimenopausal and i take nothing for it. So why do my PMS symptoms last for what seems like three weeks prior to my next period? Could I have pcos
Towards blood results, dr.Davis and dr.Livingston consider I am not perimenopausal.No pcos, no stress, ths ok, weight gain 3kgs.Than why not ovulating?
I was diagnosed with pcos at 18. I'm now 46 and experiencing really bad perimenopausal symptoms such as mood swings and anxiety, acid reflux, crushing?
Different issues: PCOS and other symptoms may be unrelated. How much over ideal weight are you? Any meds or hormones? See if your Drs have some answers. ...Read more
Hormone balance: Basically, the ovary becomes dysfunctional past a certain age, which is why women are less fertile at 35 than they are at 25. Most hormones affect one another so that as we age, we become imbalanced. This can lead to the symptoms commonly referred to as perimenopause. They are treatable and reversible. While depression may be present, it almost never is the sole culprit of these symptoms. ...Read more
Varied: Some women are lucky enough to go thru peri-menopause w/o a hitch. Others complain of hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menses, moodiness, cognitive changes, decrease in libido, vaginal dryness and/or loss of lubrication, change in weight, change in skin, & more. Loss of bone density is well documented. ...Read more
Many: Often the first symptom of perimenopause is sleep disruption. Women wake up around 2 am and cant go back to sleep. Anxiety is often present - much like PMS but not cyclic. Irregular menses are common due to lack of ovulation. Breast tenderness is common due to estrogen dominance.Hot flashes can occur usually at night but this varies. Bloating and swelling of feet and legs is common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet, Exercise, Pill: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is caused by a hormonal imbalance that prevents follicles from growing normally and eggs from being released each month. People w/ PCOS miss periods because they don't ovulate, so there's no signal to shed the uterine lining. Hormone imbalances that lead to abnormal hair growth can be caused by obesity, so watch your diet and exercise. Control w/ birth control pills! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms can change: Pcos may result from a genetic predisposition. Other factors can affect how much a woman is affected by pcos, for example gaining weight can increase symptoms or make your cycles more irregular, and losing weight can make you more regular. Many women have less problems with pcos as they get into their 40's and the ovaries become smaller with fewer eggs remaining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, diet/exercise: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is caused by a hormonal imbalance that prevents follicles from growing normally and eggs from being released each month. People w/ PCOS miss periods because they don't ovulate, so there's no signal to shed the uterine lining. Hormone imbalances that lead to abnormal hair growth can be caused by obesity, so watch your diet and exercise. Control w/ birth control pills! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
PCOS: Pcos is characterized by 1) irregular periods, 2) high androgen levels, and/or 3) many small ovarian follicle cysts, usually seen on ultrasound. These criteria are the Rotterdam/ESHRE diagnostic criteria, the Androgen excess Society has a similar but slightly different criterion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PCOS diagnosis: Pcos affects 5 million women in the us. Symptoms include weight gain, acne, thinning scalp hair, excess hair growth, irregular or absent periods, difficulty conceiving, and ovarian cysts, and it elevates risk for Insulin resistance. Usually there is excess of androgens, male hormones. The 2003 criteria for diagnosis are 2 of 3 of androgen excess, ovulatory dysfunction, and polycystic ovaries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer