Tips for Coping With PCOS

Coping with PCOS is challenging, and it can be complicated. Between the day-to-day symptoms and difficulty conceiving, it’s easy for women with PCOS to feel alone. Because hormonal changes are the hallmark of this condition, so many different health issues can arise.

You may have unwanted hair growth, or you may begin losing your hair in a pattern similar to male pattern baldness. PCOS has been linked to a number of health complications, including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and endometrial cancer.

Thankfully, a number of treatments are available to help you manage your condition.

Consistent treatment of your PCOS and close monitoring of your condition by your healthcare provider may help identify any complications so that treatment can be started earlier. A healthy lifestyle may also reduce the effects of PCOS and reduce your risk of complications.

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PCOS and Infertility

If you are having difficulty conceiving, it's possible that you aren't ovulating —a key step in conception. Keep track of your cycles on a calendar and observe how often you get a period. Try using the home ovulation predictor kits.

However, keep in mind that some women have persistently high levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), the hormone that these kits detect. If you are consistently getting a positive result even when you don’t believe that you are ovulating, these kits might not be helpful for you

If you are under 35 years old and have been trying for more than one year or over 35 and have been trying for more than six months, consult your OB/GYN, who may refer you to a reproductive endocrinologist (a fertility specialist). You may need to have a medical intervention to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

PCOS Symptom Control

Women with PCOS frequently have to deal with cosmetic issues like acne or unwanted hair, especially on the face. Thankfully, there are a number of possible interventions today that can help you deal with this.

From basic home remedies like shaving, waxing, and depilatory creams to procedures performed in an office like electrolysis or laser therapy, there are many options to choose from. Don’t hesitate to speak with a dermatologist about the best option for you.

Get PCOS Support

Finally, this disease and its effects can become very overwhelming. It's important that you reach out for help in dealing with the various concerns associated with PCOS. From seeing a professional therapist to using message boards or Internet chats, there are a variety of resources that provide information or support. It’s important to educate yourself about this condition so that you can play an active role in monitoring your health to help avoid complications.

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By Nicole Galan, RN
Nicole Galan, RN, is a registered nurse and the author of "The Everything Fertility Book."