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PCOS 300x2000Irregular periods. Infertility. Pelvic pain. Weight gain. Excess facial and body hair. All of these can be symptoms of a condition that affects one in ten women of childbearing age.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) causes an overproduction of the male hormone androgen. This makes the ovaries develop small follicles that fail to release an egg.  It can cause irregular periods with only 8 or 9 a year instead of a monthly cycle, and that makes it difficult to become pregnant.

Sleep and PregnancyHaving a baby isn’t something you should lose sleep over but many pregnant women do. Surveys show that eight out of ten moms-to-be will notice changes to their sleep schedule during pregnancy.

It starts when the surge of progesterone in your first trimester can cause sleepiness in the middle of the day. Your body is battling to cope with all that’s changing and you might feel exhausted yet unable to fall asleep at night.

woman dealing with menopauseMost of the side effects of what we commonly call menopause is actually part of perimenopause when the ovaries begin producing less of the hormone estrogen. Perimenopause usually begins in your 40s, but you could start to notice changes in your mid- to late 30s. This can last for up to 10 years until you reach menopause, which begins when you haven’t had a period for at least one year.

woman laying down with endometriosis painA menstrual period is always uncomfortable but for some women it’s a monthly nightmare of bleeding and spotting, diarrhea, constipation, intense cramps and debilitating pain. This is a condition known as endometriosis when cells that line the uterus begin growing on other parts of your reproductive system and pelvic area. It can cause swelling and pain because the tissue grows and bleeds in areas where it can’t easily get out of your body as it would normally during menstruation.

woman getting a thyroid examDo you always feel cold or hot when others are not? Maybe you gain weight even when you eat less or lose weight without cutting back on what you eat. Perhaps you’re feeling very tired, irritable, anxious or depressed; having trouble sleeping or experiencing more menstrual bleeding or fewer and lighter periods.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax