PCOS Upswing Among Adolescent Girls In Kashmir Valley

Increase In PCOS - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

By Aadil Rashid

An increasing number of women in reproductive age, in Kashmir Valley, are suffering from a hormonal disorder called PCOS.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is calculated to be an accomplished disease with a spectrum of manifestations, affecting not only women of childbearing age, but also adolescents and postmenopausal women.

PCOS, by the nature of the disease, adversely influences the fertility and reproductive health of the affected women. Moreover, with its association with other lifestyle diseases, it is also the cause of significant cardiovascular and metabolic morbidity. Some crackerjacks say that most women ignore the common symptoms of PCOS and turn to a doctor only when they face unrest in conceiving.

According to Dr. Sheikh Firdous, renowned doctor of North Kashmir, “The incidence of the condition has been increasing day by day, yet many women don’t think that it may be PCOS, even when they notice the symptoms.“ They simply ascribe it to lifestyle. PCOS does arise out of poor lifestyle habits but it has adverse effects and should be treated. Since it is not life-threatening, people don’t care enough about it, he said.

Clinical symptoms of PCOS are:

  • Irregular and delayed periods or no periods because of lack of ovulation
  • Excess facial hair (hirsutism)
  • Acne
  • Thinning of scalp hair because of higher levels of male hormones
  • Multiple small cysts in the ovaries
  • Low levels of FSH, LH and high levels of Progesterone hormones

Some of the causes of PCOS are:

  • Obesity (excessive weight) – Almost 82% of PCOS patients are obese. It is due to an unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise.
  • Family history – Women whose mother and/or sister(s) has/have PCOS or Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop PCOS.
  • Insulin resistance (Type 2 diabetes) – It may lead to heavy and painful periods
  • Metabolic issues such as diabetes, gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, Cancer of the uterus
  • Depression and anxiety (though the connection is not fully understood)
  • Some other causes too have been seen in adolescent girls due to eating fast foods, cold drinks etc.

If you observe any of the aforementioned symptoms, especially irregular or delayed periods, then consult a doctor. Lose weight if obesity has triggered PCOS. Eat a balanced, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. Increase physical activity like use of treadmill, cycling, walking. Doctor may prescribe medication to help ovulation, reduce acne, hair growth and other symptoms.

Aadil Rashid

A young vivid dreamer born over the banks of Wular lake, Aadil Rashid belongs to Watapora village of Bandipora, in the northern valley of Kashmir. His research paper has been published in International Journal of Medical Pharmaceutical and Allied science. He has co-authored many books. His aims to become a renowned scholar.


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