i came to know of pcos from my friends. now i am a little worried about the condition. i wish to know of the hidden causes of the development of polycystic ovaries?
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Dr. Madhu Gupta

Gynecologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon (Obs & Gyn)

PCOS is often undetectable in women. Under such circumstances, the problem may be attributed to a ‘hidden’ cause. The most commonly observed hidden contributor to PCOS development in women is thyroid. Nearly a quarter of PCOS patients suffer from a thyroid condition. Most women fail to get their thyroid markers tested. And even when they do, they only get their TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) tested. TSH should ideally tell you whether you have a thyroid problem. But that is not always how it works. Often the range considered ‘normal’ is quite high. According to some studies, it needs to be 2.5mIU/L. However, the baseline is established at 4mIU/L. Inflammation also affects TSH levels, giving them an appearance of normalcy evem when they’re not. Stress also has a similar effect. Considering how stress and inflammation are both major reasons behind the development of PCOS, thyroid conditions can also lead to PCOS.

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