5 Unpleasant Complications if PCOS Goes Untreated

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders found in women, and it’s also the leading cause of fertility issues. Even though PCOS is quite common, many women endure it without getting a diagnosis, because the condition can bring mild, if unpleasant, symptoms such as acne, hair loss, and weight gain. However, when left untreated, PCOS may prove to be a dangerous health issue.

Many medications only mask the symptoms of PCOS without treating the underlying hormonal balance. At Ideal Womens, however, we not only tame the unpleasant symptoms that come with PCOS, we also prevent long-term complications. Here are five:

Type 2 diabetes

Insulin resistance affects a large percentage of women suffering from PCOS. Even though weight gain worsens your insulin resistance, you can still have a problem with your insulin if you’re lean.

Because insulin sensitivity decreases in women suffering from PCOS, Type 2 diabetes is a big concern, especially since the onset of diabetes will worsen your hormonal imbalance even further and make your PCOS management journey more difficult.

Heart disease

The biggest cause of mortality in the United States is heart disease, and PCOS can increase your chances of suffering from it.

Because PCOS comes with insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels, a domino effect occurs. Your bad cholesterol goes up and so does inflammation, providing the perfect environment for fatty plaque to appear on the walls of your blood vessels and increase your risk of ruptures and blood clots.

Endometrial cancer

Each month during menstruation, you shed the lining of your uterus. But when you have too much estrogen and too little progesterone (very common in PCOS), this process doesn’t occur, leading to very light periods or no menstruation at all.

Women who experience missed or irregular periods are at a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer.

Infertility

Hormonal imbalances are a big cause of infertility. If you have too much or too little of one hormone, your body won’t be able to generate or maintain a pregnancy.

Fortunately, it’s possible to treat PCOS-caused infertility. Most women with PCOS are able to get pregnant with the help of the right medication and lifestyle changes.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

If you’re suffering from PCOS, you may be at an increased risk of developing liver disease, especially if you’re overweight or obese.

However, obesity alone isn’t the only concern. Even if you’re at a healthy weight, if your androgen levels are too high, this may contribute to the accumulation of fat in your liver.

Many scary complications can come with PCOS, but with the right specialist on your side, you can easily manage PCOS and prevent many of its complications.

Take the first step toward controlling your PCOS and living a worry-free life by contacting us for expert advice and guidance.

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