I have PCOS! What will happen when I go through menopause?
PCOS is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders affecting 1 in every 10 women, so if you are reading this, chances are that you have PCOS or you surely know someone suffering from it. PCOS can be very tough to deal with as it brings with it excessive mood swings, change in the body hormones, irregular periods, and numerous other health problems.
Obviously, when you were little you had no idea that your reproductive years will be consumed by PCOS but does it stay like that forever? Or, does PCOS change with the changing age or more specifically What are the effects of PCOS in ageing/menopausal women?
If you are wondering what happens to a woman’s body as she ages with PCOS or How will my body be affected as I go through PCOS & menopause together? Then, we have a few answers that might interest you!
What is PCOS?
PCOS is also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome – a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a common health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones. The hormonal imbalance creates problems in the ovaries. The ovaries make the egg that is released each month as part of a healthy menstrual cycle. With PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be. The development of cysts (small fluid-filled sacs) in the ovaries is also a common symptom of PCOS.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is when a woman’s periods stop completely, after a gradual reduction in sex hormone levels. A woman is considered to have gone through menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months. The average age this happens is at 51 years.
Do PCOS & Menopause affect each other?
As both PCOS and menopause relate to changes in sex hormones, one may wonder how they are connected or if one cures the other.
Women with PCOS tend to go through menopause at an average of 2 years later than women without the condition.
The bad news is: Menopause does not cure PCOS. When women go through menopause, they may still experience symptoms of PCOS. PCOS and menopause both affect the levels of progesterone in your blood, but they affect your hormones in different ways. That’s why menopause doesn’t treat or cure PCOS.
The effects of PCOS in ageing women can continue even when they reach perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause is the period before menopause that’s often accompanied by symptoms such as hot flashes and irregular periods. During perimenopause, your hormone levels begin to change in preparation for menopause. Perimenopause can last for several years before menopause (where you stop having your period altogether) is attained.
How do hormones play a role in it?
Hormones play a key role in all your bodily functions. Both menopause and PCOS are greatly affected by hormones and here is how they overlap and interlink.
The symptoms that women ageing with PCOS experience are the result of an imbalance in sex hormones. Women with PCOS produce a higher level of the male sex hormone testosterone than most women do. They may also have lower levels of the female sex hormone progesterone.
An increased level of testosterone in women can make their bodies more resistant to insulin. This means that insulin is no longer able to control blood sugar levels effectively, which leads to high blood sugar levels, and an increased risk of diabetes.
Whereas, menopause is caused by a gradual reduction in the female sex hormones progesterone and estrogen. The reduction starts years before menopause proper. This period is called the Perimenopause.
Over time, once the female sex hormone levels are low enough, a woman stops ovulating. This causes her to stop menstruating. The reduction in hormones that happens in the lead up to menopause, does not redress the imbalance of hormones that causes PCOS. Hence, menopause does not cure PCOS.
What are the symptoms?
All this talk about menopause and PCOS might confuse a lot of people. So, here are a few symptoms, similarities and differences to look out for in ageing women with PCOS.
When people talk about symptoms of menopause, they tend to refer to what happens during the lead-up, known as perimenopause.
Menopause itself is simply when a woman stops menstruating. The perimenopause that leads to this, however, has a number of symptoms. Some symptoms of perimenopause are similar to symptoms of PCOS.
If a woman starts experiencing symptoms of PCOS in her 40s or 50s, when she may also be experiencing perimenopause, it can be hard to tell the two apart. So to simplify the process and help you better we have mentioned a few tell signs below:
PCOS and menopause share the following symptoms:
- Irregular or missed periods
- Changes in mood
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Thinning hair on the head
- Unwanted hair growth on the face or chest
- Weight gain
Some symptoms are unique to PCOS or menopause. Knowing these differences can help separate the conditions.
Symptoms unique to PCOS that do not occur in perimenopause include:
- Acne and skin problems
- Pain in the pelvis
Symptoms that are unique to perimenopause and do not occur in PCOS include:
- Changes in sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Finding sex painful or uncomfortable
- Urine leakage
- Infections in the vagina and urinary tract
- Dryness and thinning of tissue in the vagina
When women ageing with PCOS go through perimenopause, they will experience symptoms of both conditions at the same time. As if going through symptoms of PCOS or menopause alone wasn’t bad enough! But don’t stress it, we have a natural and Ayurvedic medicine for PCOS that can help you solve these problems. With Nirogam’s Ayurveda PCOS kit, you are sure to get results!
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The Nirogam’s PCOS kit provides an Ayurvedic solution for PCOS and treats precise symptoms of PCOS. It is specifically designed to cater to women suffering from PCOS. Few of the things it tries to target are as follows:
- Nirogam’s PCOS kit helps to reduce male hormones in the female body, which is the leading cause of PCOS and it also treats hormonal imbalance
- The kit comes with tablets infused with Ayurvedic herbs which helps in optimization of ovarian functions and also promotes ovulation
- It helps to enhance female reproductive health and fertility
- It also works to improve the endocrine functions – all of which are responsible for PCOS
The kit also comes with Kanchanar Guggulu which is a proven remedy to remove growths, swelling and lumps like fibroid and cysts.
If you have been living with PCOS, you know how tough it can get and dealing with it through menopause, and even after it? It just doesn’t seem like a bargain. So we have designed a kit that will save you the trouble of Googling what to do, how to do, etc. to switch to a healthy lifestyle in PCOS, rather we have designed a one-stop solution for it all. This Ayurvedic and natural kit can help you not just while you are going through menopause but even before that to reduce the effects of PCOS. Start living a healthy life today with Nirogam!
Did you use our natural kit yet? Let us know in the comments below, how it helped you and also mention the other home remedies you use to control your PCOS!