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Understanding polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
What Causes Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Understanding the causes of PCOS is a crucial first step to effective PCOS management and treatment. This can be challenging since Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a poorly understood hormonal disorder, affecting an estimated seven per cent of all women. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has recently been shown to affect a striking 12% - 21% of Australian reproductive-age women, being more common among those who are overweight.
PCOS is characterized by enlarged ovaries that contain numerous small and painless cysts. PCOS refers to multiple cysts on the ovaries and a host of other problems that go along with them, including lack of ovulation and menstrual abnormalities, facial hair, male pattern baldness, acne, and obesity.
Women suffering from this condition may also have varying degrees of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and an increased incidence of Type II diabetes, high cholesterol & elevated androgen levels.
PCOS can be a frustrating experience for women as it is a complex syndrome for clinicians to manage. It is also a scientific challenge for researchers and proves to be a major public health concern.
Although reproductive features are prominent, PCOS has potential for major metabolic consequences, including obesity and related type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) as well as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and lowered fertility, all of which are currently national health priority areas.
It also has significant mental health and psychological impact, impairing quality of life. Because increased weight gain is both a cause and effect of PCOS, and effective weight management improves reproductive, metabolic and psychological features, lifestyle change should be first-line therapy for PCOS.
Clinical features of PCOS
PCOS is a chronic condition manifesting over many years. Women with PCOS present with psychological, reproductive and metabolic implications. In terms of psychosocial implications, challenges to feminine identity and body image due to obesity, acne, excess hair, infertility and long-term health related concerns compromise quality of life and adversely affect mood and psychological wellbeing.
Reproduction and reproductive hormonal features are often the best recognised features in PCOS as they form the basis of the diagnostic criteria. These include clinical and biochemical hyperandrogenism, anovulation, subfertility and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound. A key point is that fertility is not necessarily impaired in all PCOS cases. Some women conceive without medical intervention, depending on the severity of the condition.
Metabolic features of PCOS include an apparent propensity for excess weight gain, an increased prevalence of pre-diabetes and DM2, a 5-10-fold risk of progression from pre-diabetes to DM2 and a 4-7-fold risk of DM2.
Cardiovascular risk factors are increased and CVD appears more prevalent among women with PCOS despite inadequate long-term studies to appropriately address this question. In the general population, Insulin Resistance is a predictor of CVD. Women with PCOS also have an increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome (associated with an increased risk for DM2 and CVD), individual risk factors for CVD and clinical signs of atherosclerosis, which are all exacerbated by obesity. Women with PCOS are therefore a population at high risk of developing DM2 and CVD.
Obesity or excess weight is a major cause of chronic disease in Western countries. Recent data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health showed that among 26-31 year old women, 20.4% were overweight and a further 13.9% were obese. Overall, the proportion of adults who are obese has doubled in the past 20 years.
Obesity is now the primary cause of chronic disease among Australian women, with adverse outcomes including DM2 and CVD. Obesity has a specific impact on female reproductive health, increasing the prevalence and severity of PCOS, infertility, pregnancy complications, gestational diabetes and foetal pregnancy complications.
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