It’s an unfortunate reality for many people that their weight determines the quality of health care they receive. It’s easy to pin problems on excess weight without digging any deeper, never considering that the weight gain might be a symptom rather than the initial problem. When it comes to PCOS, it’s important to have a doctor that understands the connection.
Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates diagnose PCOS and find ways to help you manage your symptoms.
Common PCOS symptoms
Women often struggle with weight gain due to hormonal imbalances. It is sometimes caused by hormonal birth control or conditions that specifically affect female reproductive systems, like PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) causes an imbalance of androgens, which interfere with the reproductive system and your menstrual cycle. This imbalance causes several unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Irregular periods
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Hair growth on the face and body
- Female-pattern hair loss
- Skin darkening and acne
- Ovarian cysts
- Weight gain
PCOS and weight gain are closely interlinked, although doctors are still researching why.
Which came first, weight gain or PCOS?
According to the Obesity Action Coalition, women affected by obesity have a greater risk for PCOS, and women with PCOS have a greater risk for obesity.
Excessive weight can contribute to insulin resistance and inflammation, which can worsen PCOS. However, PCOS has also been shown to interfere with your metabolism, leading to weight gain.
Obesity and PCOS also tend to run in families, so there appears to be a genetic component to the link. Rather than placing blame on you, your doctors should work with you to find a treatment that addresses both issues.
Finding a solution
The majority of women with PCOS are overweight, which means a combined approach to wellness and hormonal balance is the first and most effective approach. Changes to your diet should be gradual and accommodate your physical and emotional needs. Exercises should be gentle and guided to start.
As you lose weight, you may feel better and experience fewer symptoms. Our team can address symptoms that persist. If you have concerns about your fertility or want to conceive, we can provide advice, medication, and treatment.
If you’re struggling with PCOS, schedule a consultation with our University Reproductive Associates team by calling the location closest to you or visiting the contact page. Our friendly staff approaches diagnosis and treatment compassionately, so you’ll always feel well cared for.