Building Awareness of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome During PCOS Awareness Month

ovarianAre you familiar about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? This medical condition can lead to obesity in women and can also cause sleep apnoea. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that is strongly linked to obesity and diabetes, and is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS is defined as the presence of cysts on the ovaries combined with the absence of ovulation. The cysts can disturb hormone cycles, causing ovulation problems and resulting in female infertility. Statistical data shows that Hispanic and Latina women appear to have a higher risk of being diagnosed with PCOS.

An article from has featured several facts about PCOS which every woman must know:

  • Risk factors for PCOS include sleep apnoea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and issues with insulin resistance, metabolism and glucose tolerance

  • Risk factors can be reduced or eliminated by maintaining a healthy weight and body mass index. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 or greater, while obesity is defined as a BMI over 30.

  • PCOS can begin in the teen years with symptoms progressing gradually.

  • Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular or no menstrual periods, acne, obesity/weight gain/inability to lose weight, breathing problems while sleeping, depression, oily skin, infertility, skin discolorations, high cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, excess or abnormal hair growth and distribution, pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis, multiple ovarian cysts, and skin tags.

  • Physical activity and weight loss can greatly reduce several symptoms of PCOS. As little as a 5-10 percent weight loss has been shown to help restore ovulation, lower cholesterol levels and reduce diabetes risk, acne, hair growth and depression.

  • Dietary changes and herbal supplements can also greatly reduce symptoms and aid in weight loss.

  • Medications such as oral contraceptives, insulin-sensitizing agents and anti-androgens can also help with PCOS symptoms.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.