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23rd Dec 2011, 10:20 PM #1
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What is Syndrome O?
Ronald F. Feinberg, MD, PhD, FACOG
IVF Medical Director,Reproductive Associates of Delaware
Associate Professor ,Adjunct Yale University School of Medicine
Chairman, Professional Advisory Board for PCO Strategies , Inc.
Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Everyday, millions of women are struggling with heartbreaking problems - infertility, miscarriage, obesity, and cosmetic nightmares unimaginable to most men. Most of these women suffer in silence, since they don't know where to turn for help. Persistent frustration also pervades the lives of women who do seek care, aggravated by frequent doctor visits and costly, sometimes risky, fertility treatments. If that's not enough, there are the gynecologic "lady's problems" for countless others - missed menstrual cycles, heavy and unpredictable vaginal bleeding, bad reactions to birth control pills, and even unnecessary hysterectomy operations.
Amazingly, all of these diverse female health problems are closely related - a fact that is often not recognized by most doctors and nurses. Alternatively, many women are told by their health providers that they may have 'polycystic ovaries' or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a clinical label which doesn't really explain the root of their problem.
Syndrome O can be thought of as the 'World War III' of hormones in a woman's body - causing metabolism to be entirely out-of-whack, wreaking havoc with the possibility of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, and unraveling the normal sequence of hormone changes during the menstrual cycle. Left unchecked, Syndrome O leads to profound instability within the intricate internet of hormones and glands linking women's metabolism and reproduction. While the ovaries do bear a major brunt of Syndrome O, a cascade of hormonal disturbances occurs throughout the body, interfering with normal fertility and healthy pregnancies.
Syndrome O can also progress to much more serious medical complications - diabetes, uterine cancer, and heart disease - sometimes in young women. Only recently have these uniquely female health issues been linked to an imbalance in the insulin family of hormones. Essentially, the entire body can become the innocent victim of an exploding modern health phenomenon - the overproduction of insulin.
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