Different Types Of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Insulin-sensitive, post-pill, adrenal, and inflammatory are some of the types of PCOS you should know about in order to manage the issue better.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Mar 12, 2023 15:30 IST
Different Types Of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has become a widespread issue among Indian women. Women of reproductive age are affected by this complicated hormonal disorder, and it is believed that an imbalance in reproductive hormones is the root cause of PCOS. In addition to complicating pregnancy, it can induce the development of tiny cysts in one or both ovaries. Thus, it is essential to understand the different types of PCOS, as it will help you treat and manage the issue better.

Insulin-Sensitive PCOS

The prevalence of insulin-sensitive PCOS in women is 70%. In this type of PCOS, insulin resistance occurs when the body has higher-than-normal amounts of insulin, also known as hyperinsulinemia. This happens when your cells become numb to the effects of insulin, causing the pancreas to secrete increased amounts of the hormone until the cells understand what is happening.

In this condition, you can have trouble losing weight, carry extra weight in your stomach or belly, crave sweets, and have symptoms like fatigue and brain fog. You can manage the insulin-sensitive type of PCOS by doing regular activity and exercise. Also, choose a balanced diet instead of high-sugar foods. To control insulin levels, reduce stress and get enough sleep.

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Post-Pill PCOS

Post-pill PCOS develops when you quit using the oral contraceptive pill. There were no pre-existing symptoms in this type of PCOS, such as acne, irregular periods, or excessive hair growth. Post-pill PCOS happens because of a natural rise in androgens that might trigger classic PCOS symptoms after you stop the pill. This can happen in women after discontinuing the medication for three to six months.

This is a temporary condition that can take some time to recover on its own. Proper nutrition, lifestyle adjustments, and supplements can treat this condition more rapidly. Along with good sleep and low stress, the intake of nutrients like vitamin E, B6, zinc, and magnesium can benefit.

Adrenal PCOS

Around 10% of women diagnosed have this kind of PCOS, which is brought on by an unusual stress reaction. High levels of androstenedione and testosterone are often absent, but DHEA-S, another androgen produced by the adrenal glands, is raised alone. You can manage this type of PCOS by lowering your stress levels with the help of yoga, meditation, and adequate sleep. You can support your adrenal glands and neurological system with magnesium, vitamin B5, and vitamin C.

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Inflammatory PCOS

As the name suggests, inflammatory PCOS is caused by a chronic inflammation that causes the ovaries to produce too much testosterone, leading to physical discomfort and problems ovulating. Eczema, IBS, headaches, joint pain, and unexplained fatigue are all symptoms of inflammation in this kind of PCOS. A blood test often reveals elevated inflammatory markers, such as a high C reactive protein above 5.

You can manage this type of PCOS by restoring digestive enzyme balance, regulating gut flora, and healing leaky gut tissue. You should ensure that you limit the intake of foods that cause inflammation. Use natural anti-inflammatory substances like turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants to your advantage.

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