When a woman has been diagnosed as having polycystic ovaries, it means that her ovaries develop more follicles than the normal and average five that other women produce every month.
A normal woman develops about five follicles every month, and at last one egg containing follicle will release one mature egg at the time of ovulation, but a woman who suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome will mature at least two times as many follicles as the normal woman, and most of the follicles may enlarge but not release an egg.
This means that the woman’s ovulation is rare or irregular, and she may start to suffer from irregular periods, or either very heavy or very light bleeding during the period, or excessive weight gain, and growth of facial and body hair.
Weight gain can be steady and constant for a woman who has been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, and doctors recommend a strict regimen of weight loss for such a woman, so that she may be able to overcome her symptoms and become pregnant if she so desires.
These are some tips for weight loss for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome:
- Stress reduction exercises
- Regular exercise of any kind, like walking, jogging, swimming, and so on
- Group therapy and counseling
- A decrease in energy intake, like cereals, breads and pastas, all of which contain carbohydrates
- Choosing high fiber foods and avoiding sugary foods and foods that contain fat
- The woman must learn to eat several small meals a day instead of three large ones everyday.
- Regular intake of medicines meant to lower the heightened insulin levels in the body, because insulin resistance is one of the main symptoms of the disease. Insulin is the hormone responsible for allowing glucose to be absorbed by the cells of the body, so that it can be converted into energy to be used later on, and for a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome, her cells will react sluggishly to insulin, because she becomes insulin resistant, which will in turn promote the storage of fat in her body. This is the reason why the woman has to closely monitor her insulin levels, so that she may be able to control her weight gain with the proper medication and treatment.
With the right and timely interventions, there is no real reason why a woman who has been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome cannot lead a normal and productive life.