The condition, known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, has been getting a lot of attention in the gynecological world. This condition affects around one woman out of every 10 and commonly affects those in their child-bearing age. PCOS can lead to other associated health conditions like diabetes, heart problems, depression, and an increased risk of contracting cancer of the uterus. Most women go through their lives without ever knowing they have this condition as the symptoms of PCOS are varied.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects the ovaries and ovulation. Two hormones regulate ovulation; follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FSH stimulates the ovaries to produce a follicle, a sac with the egg in it. LH, on the other hand, stimulates the ovaries to release the mature egg.
PCOS affects this ovulation process through cyst formation in the ovaries, increased androgen (male hormone) production, and irregular monthly cycle. All these combine to produce follicles that never mature, so ovulation never takes place, which affects the release of other hormones like estrogen, progesterone, FSH, and LH.
Like mentioned before, there is no definitive reason what causes PCOS. But there are three possible candidates: genes, insulin resistance, and inflammation.
There have been a number of studies that point to genes being responsible for the hormonal imbalance that triggers PCOS. Many women who have this condition also have a family member who has it.
Insulin resistance means the cells in the body cannot use insulin properly. Therefore, sugar can’t enter the cells to be used for energy. As the blood sugar level increases, it triggers the pancreas to release more insulin despite it not being used. The increased insulin then triggers the ovaries to ramp up its production of male hormones.
Lastly, inflammation has been found in women with PCOS. One reason for this is obesity. Being overweight contributes to inflammation in the body, and there have been a number of studies that connect excess inflammation to high levels of androgen.
Diet and lifestyle
Many professionals highly recommend patients experiencing PCOS to change their diet and lifestyle to minimize the onset of symptoms. In fact, a 5 to 10 percent decrease in body weight can significantly improve menstrual cycle in many women, helping to regulate their hormone levels more effectively. Weight loss has also been found to improve cholesterol levels in women, help lower insulin levels, and reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. A diet that helps to lose weight can help anyone suffering from this condition. A low-carb diet, for example, is especially helpful at lowering insulin levels and for weight loss.
PCOS and CBD oil
For many years, women have been hard at work trying to find an alternative solution to PCOS. While diet, exercise, and the overhaul of one’s lifestyle is the number one recommended way to address PCOS, many want to supplement that with something to help ease the symptoms. This is where CBD oil enters the picture. There have been many studies, all in their early stages or in a limited scope that points to its effectivity in helping to minimize the symptoms associated with PCOS.
CBD, like most compounds found in cannabis, has anti-inflammatory properties, one of the many reasons why PCOS happens. Another added bonus is that CBD, or cannabidiol, helps blood vessels to relax, greatly improving circulation and the overall health of the heart.
What’s more, some studies have pointed out that many who buy weed online and use it have a far easier time losing weight by increasing the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body. Pair that with exercise and many women might find it a lot easier to lose body weight in an attempt to minimize the effects of PCOS.