Ailments & Conditions

PCOS and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What Is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS, is a medical condition that affects hormone levels in women. It is characterized by increased production of male hormones, leading to hormone imbalance that causes women to skip their menstrual periods and makes it more difficult to become pregnant. In addition, PCOS may cause baldness and hair growth on the body or face. If left treated, it may increase the risk of long-term health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. Diabetes medications and birth control pills may help with hormone imbalance and manage symptoms. [1]

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, also known as irritable colon or spastic colon, is an umbrella term for many intestinal symptoms that usually happen together. These signs can vary in duration and severity from person to person. To diagnose IBS, a doctor needs to examine the symptoms that have happened for at least 3 days a month over the past 3 months. This condition may lead to many symptoms that would disrupt your lifestyle, such as abdominal cramping or pain, bloating, as well as changes in bowel movements. [2]