Know Your Ovarian Health Now, Avoid Problems Later

  • By Premier Family Medical
  • 20 Sep, 2017
Know Your Ovarian Health Now, Avoid Problems Later
Ladies, do you consider your ovarian health to be a top priority? If not, you certainly should. Why is that? Because there are two conditions that, if left unchecked, could develop into more serious issues. What are they? The first is a condition called PCOS and the second is ovarian cancer. Consider some facts about each.

What is PCOS?

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal disorder characterized by small cysts on the ovaries. While its name would imply that the cysts are the most significant aspect of the condition, that’s not actually the case. The bigger issue is really the resulting hormonal imbalances. These imbalances may result in:

  • Menstrual problems: A cessation or decrease in menstrual periods or irregularity
  • Fertility problems: Inability to ovulate or repeated miscarriages
  • External changes: Balding, increased hair growth in other areas of the body, acne or    oily skin
  • Sleep Problems: Trouble breathing while asleep
  • Internal problems: Insulin resistance or an excess amount of insulin. This may cause  obesity, skin tags and so on
Left untreated, this can lead to more serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Not to mention endometrial cancer , which can develop if the endometrium is unable to shed its lining for an extended period. Of course, you wouldn’t want to have any of these health problems.

If you don’t have PCOS currently, you might be wondering, “Am I at risk? And if I were to be diagnosed, what treatments would prevent my condition from worsening to such a point?”

Risk Factors and Treatment of PCOS

If you have a family history of the condition, your chances of having it too are higher. Research has shown that it tends to run in families. Additionally,  family history  of obesity, irregular periods and diabetes may mean that your chances are higher.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to avoid PCOS. But you can definitely receive treatment if you’re diagnosed with it. This might include medication to regulate your hormones and lessen your symptoms. Your doctor might also suggest adjustments to your diet and exercise regimen. Such lifestyle changes can go a long way in treating PCOS, although there is no cure.

What About Ovarian Cancer?

A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer is approximately one in 75 . It’s estimated that in by 2017 alone, more than 22,000 women in the U.S. would be diagnosed and 14,000 would not survive the fight. It’s clear that early detection and prompt treatment are key.

That’s why it’s recommended that women receive regular checkups to identify and treat any problems before they escalate.

Keep Tabs Now, Avoid Problems Later

Blood tests, ultrasounds and other tests can reveal any conditions affecting the ovaries. Especially if you have one or more of the risk factors, you should speak to your doctor about what tests may be right for you and how often you need them. Then, be sure to follow through according to those suggestions. If you know your ovarian health now, you can avoid problems later.

Recent posts from the Premier Family Medical Blog

Premier Family Medical Blog

By Premier Family Medical 17 Jan, 2018

The thyroid is a small H-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It’s situated between the cartilages of the larynx, also known as the voice box. While it’s not impressive in size, it is impressive when you consider the essential functions it fuels.

What are some of these functions? Even more important, what are some common problems that disrupt the way it works? Last but not least, how can you avoid those issues and keep this important gland in working order?

By Premier Family Medical 10 Jan, 2018

Did you know that more than 3 million people in the U.S. alone have glaucoma? 

Did you know that by 2030, that number is expected to rise by nearly 60%? 

Did you know that an individual with glaucoma can lose as much as 40% of their sight without even noticing? 

Finally, did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness? 

Those facts alone answer the question, “Why is raising glaucoma awareness so important?” How can this eyesight thief be stopped if, on a grand scale, most don’t know that it poses a threat to them? Consider the following important facts to get you started on the road to increased awareness of this disease.

By Premier Family Medical 03 Jan, 2018

You know the signs. Your child keeps pulling at his or her ear in discomfort. There’s pus or fluid draining from the ear. You notice trouble hearing, sleeping and perhaps even balancing. The ear discomfort usually follows or happens at the same time as other symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose. They’re unusually fussy and have even come down with a fever.

These are all possible symptoms of the dreaded ear infection, which keeps many parents up at night as they try to care for their uncomfortable little ones. Have you ever wondered  what causes these infections  or if they can be prevented? Furthermore, what’s the best way to care for a suffering child? Wonder no more.

More Posts

Request An Appointment Find A Doctor Find A Location

Ask Us Anything

Do you have a health topic or question you'd like us to blog about?  Send us a message and lets us know what you want to hear from us. 
*All submissions are confidential



Share by: