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Hormonal disorder faqs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about hormonal disorder.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 24, 2012 22:42 IST

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about hormonal disorder:

What are the early warning signs of thyroid disorders?
Get tested if you have become irritable, anxious, have frequent mood swings or difficulty in sleeping for more than three months.

Apart from poor lifestyle, what causes thyroid disorders?
You are at risk if someone in your family has a thyroid disorder. Also, women are at a higher risk and should get annually screened for thyroid levels after the age of 30.

How common is the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?
One in three women between 12 and 45 years suffer from PCOS. The exact cause is unknown, but high insulin levels due to obesity and high sugar and starched food aggravates the condition, which is one of the leading causes of infertility in women.

Can PCOD be cured?
No, but it can be treated symptomatically. Symptoms include severe acne, facial hair, irregular periods and difficulty in conceiving.

What is the difference between polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome?
The mere presence of multiple cysts in the ovaries isn't worrying. Treatment, however, is required if there are symptoms.