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Causes of irregular menstrual cycle

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Irregular menstrual cycle in some women could be as a result of hormonal imbalances in their bodies and victims should seek medication before the condition cause more health complications.

A gynecologist at Kiambu level 5 hospital Rose Waweru said irregular menses can be caused by Polystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS); a condition that affects the hormones when a woman has high levels of male hormones (androgens) in her body.

Speaking to KNA in her office Waweru noted that the condition can make it hard for the victim to conceive besides skipping menses.

Ms Waweru pointed out that PCOS mostly affect obese women between 15 to 44 age bracket adding. “Those affected suffer from an inflammation in the female reproductive system which is caused by high androgen levels in the body.”

The condition’s symptoms, she added, are abnormal bleeding during menses, random weight gain and consistent headaches.

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The gynecologist cautioned that PCOS can also lead to heart diseases and diabetes and advised women to seek medical attention early enough to prevent the condition from worsening.

“PCOS can be diagnosed through pelvic exams, blood tests or ultra sounds, and women who suspect they suffer the condition should not hesitate to seek medical attention as the procedure is swift and painless,” she advised

Waweru further advised obese women to strive to lose at least 10 percent of their body weight through physical work and healthy diet as doing so will go a long way in regulating their menstrual cycle and thus lower their risks of contracting PCOS.

She assured that PCOS can be treated but cautioned that one should first get tested to enable her get the right medication.

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