Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

Welcome to my site about tactics you can use to cope with hospitalization. I am Edward Collins. I created this site after a long hospitalization left me feeling uncomfortable and dying to go home. I was ill-prepared for the lengthy stay at that facility. Despite my nurses and doctors’ best efforts, I felt lonely, bored and somewhat isolated during my stay. On this site, I will help you prepare for hospitalization well before you need your next medical procedure. Please come by my site daily to learn the information you need to know. Thank you for visiting my website about preparing for hospitalization.

3 Things You Need To Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


If you have been told that you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you may be unsure just what that means. Most women who have been diagnosed with it know that it means they have multiple cysts on their ovaries, but they don't know much else. Here are three things you need to know about PCOS.

1. One way to treat PCOS is with a diabetes medication.

PCOS and insulin resistance go together for most women. If your gynecologist determines you have insulin resistance along with PCOS, they may suggest you try taking a prescription medication that is given to diabetics. This medication is called metformin.

Metformin helps regulate your blood sugar levels so your pancreas doesn't make too much. If you have high blood sugar on a regular basis, it causes your ovaries to produce more male hormones, which makes some PCOS symptoms (i.e. facial hair and irregular periods) much worse.

Not only does the medication help with some of the symptoms of PCOS, but women who take metformin have a decreased chance of getting type 2 diabetes as well. If you think you would benefit from adding metformin to your PCOS treatment, discuss it with your doctor.

2. Having PCOS doesn't mean you won't have kids.

A common misconception about PCOS is that it means you won't have kids (or more kids if you had children prior to your diagnosis). While PCOS certainly makes conception much more difficult, it doesn't make it impossible. Many women with PCOS who get pregnant need some type of fertility treatment, but some get pregnant naturally.

There are no two cases alike when it comes to PCOS and fertility. What works for some women may not work for others. Some women find that following a certain diet helps them with fertility while others need extensive fertility medications in order to get pregnant. The important thing is not to lose hope if one fertility method doesn't work for you.

3. A hysterectomy is not usually a treatment for PCOS.

Whenever a woman hears she has PCOS, it is natural to assume a hysterectomy is in her future. That is actually not the case at all. The cysts that form on the ovaries of women with PCOS are follicular cysts, which are very small. They can be painful, but they are caused by a hormonal imbalance and not because of other health problems.

Getting a hysterectomy has major consequences for women - even if the procedure is warranted. The ovaries are what produces essential female hormones, like estrogen. Without that, women are thrust into menopause - not to mention the other health problems it can cause.

So, if your gynecologist recommends a hysterectomy as treatment for your PCOS, you should get a second opinion. Unless you have other underlying issues going on, PCOS is not enough to warrant a hysterectomy.


24 December 2015