September is PCOS awareness month!

E FOR ENDOMETRIOSIS SUPPORTS PCOS AWARENESS MONTH 🙌


DO YOU HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS AND PCOS? WHAT IF YOU HAVE BOTH?


PCOS (POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME) is a hormonal disorder where excess androgen production and insulin resistance causes irregular cycles, hair growth, acne, infertility, weight gain and many other chronic issues.

Endometriosis is an inflammatory disorder where tissue similar to lining of uterus is found outside the uterus and it causes painful periods, chronic pelvic pain, infertility, depression, fatigue and many other symptoms.


Absence of periods is present in PCOS and having long periods is related to endometriosis so “IS IT POSSIBLE ENDOMETRIOSIS AND PCOS CAN BE FOUND TOGETHER”. The answer to this is “YES”. THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT CONDITIONS BUT QUITE COMMON AS WELL.


Its not uncommon to have PCOS and endometriosis at the same time.


PCOS affects 1 in 5 women Main symptoms

  • Irregular cycles – period may come once in 2-3 months or scanty flow

  • Unexplained weight gain

  • Hair growth at unexpected places and male pattern baldness

  • Acne

  • Trouble getting pregnant


ENDOMETRIOSIS affects 1 in 10 women Inflammatory disorder and the hallmark symptom is pain which can be so severe and debilitating Main symptoms

  • Intensely painful periods

  • Pain during sex

  • Pain while peeing and bowel movements

  • Trouble getting pregnant


IF YOU HAVE BOTH PCOS AND ENDOMETRIOSIS

There can be varied presentation. Your period may be delayed because of PCOS but when you get periods, they may be terribly painful. Or you may have chronic pelvic pain and hair growth at unwanted places or hair loss. The main overlap between two disorders is INFERTILITY.


TREATMENT IS INDIVIDUALISED AND CASE BASED – ONE SIZE DOESNOT FIT ALL

- Dr. Vimee Bindra, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Hyderabad -


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