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Hypothyroidism and PCOS

Hypothyroidism and PCOS

Are you suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)? Have you been ever told that you have a thyroid? Is there any relation between the two, hypothyroidism and PCOS?

Many people who have PCOS also suffer from thyroid mainly hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Around 5-15% of women suffer from PCOS around the globe. The number is increasing day by day. The increase in PCOS patients is due to a sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, stress, environmental pollution, chemicals which disturbs the endocrine. 

PCOS is a combination of polycystic ovaries and disturbed endocrine, reproductive and metabolic disturbances. Women with PCOS generally suffer from menstrual abnormalities which includes amenorrhea, infertility, acne or hirsutism. Polycystic ovaries are very common, but it is not necessary that every woman will have that syndrome.  

Thyroid along with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are the two common hormonal disorders among women. Thyroid problems can be easily seen in females with PCOS when compared with the normal population. Whereas PCOS is more common in people with thyroid and the symptoms get worse in the females who are overweight. Although both the ailments are different both share similar features. In some cases, women with PCOS is diagnosed as hypothyroidism and vice-versa.  Women with PCOS have higher levels of prolactin as well. Genetic and environmental factors, both are believed to be responsible for the thyroid disorder in PCOS.  

However, what is important is that women with PCOS should be treated with thyroid along with prolactin test as well to properly treat the women appropriately.

The thyroid gland is present in the neck region and works as a regulator of various body functions including the rate at which our body converts food for energy, metabolism and other body systems.  If the thyroid works less efficiently it slows down the metabolism and results in symptoms like menstrual irregularities (abnormal bleeding, oligomenorrhea) or amenorrhea, anovulation (no ovulation or no release of an egg), infertility which can be easily seen in women too. 

Other symptoms which are common to both hypothyroidism and PCOS includes blood sugar problems which lead to diabetes, high cholesterol level and increased testosterone level (male hormone). It leads to acne, scalp hair loss, hirsutism, acanthosis nigricans all these are the indicator for hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity aggravate the problem of PCOS.   

When you consume high sugar content it increases the sugar level in your blood. It stimulates the androgen production in the ovary which suppresses ovulation. Hypothyroidism can even worsen insulin resistance and increase androgen levels. When compared to normal population hypothyroidism and autoimmune thyroid are more common in women with PCOS. 

To treat this ailment, you must undergo ayurvedic treatment. Hypothyroidism natural treatment treats your thyroid and maintains the level of thyroid hormone secretion. Natural herbs for hypothyroidism balance out your levels of thyroid hormone and various unique herbs purify your body from within.

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