Everything You Need to Know About PCOS

A polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that affects women during their reproductive age.

September is PCOS awareness month.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has become a common condition today.

What are the Common signs and symptoms of PCOS?

  • Acne
  • Oily skin and hair
  • Excess hair growth on the face and body
  • Hair Loss or Hair Thinning
  • Weight gain or trouble losing weight
  • Darkened skin patches
  • Irregular periods or no periods
  • Difficulty falling pregnant

What Causes PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is caused by hormonal imbalance. Usually, due to high levels of androgens. When these hormones are higher than normal, it can result in signs of acne and excess facial hair growth, along with other symptoms.

How to treat PCOS?

Medical treatments for PCOS are often observed to be a one size fits all approach. People with PCOS are generally advised to lose weight or are made to start the pills which is a wrong approach.

Watch Dr. Rashmi Shetty speak on the right way to treat PCOS.

The pill being widely recommended shockingly does not treat the root cause of PCOS. Patients are unaware that the pills are only providing the body with synthetic hormones. The hormones help in masking PCOS symptoms temporarily. Dr. Rashmi Shetty warns us against doing so because once the patient stops the pill(for instance they are trying to conceive) the symptoms come back!

What are the Types of PCOS?

Did you know that there are four different types of PCOS?

Every person suffering from PCOS may experience different symptoms. Hence, it is essential to know the type of PCOS to treat your condition successfully.

Hence, Dr. Rashmi Shetty has described each type below.

Insulin resistant PCOS

Almost 70-75% of people have this type of PCOS. If a person has higher levels of insulin than the normal range, the condition is known as insulin resistance.

How Does this Occur?

The pancreas tends to pump out more insulin.

What are the Symptoms you may Experience?

  • Weight Gain especially around the stomach/abdomen,
  • Have sugar cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Excess hair
  • Male pattern hair loss
  • Acne

How to Treat?

  • Exercise and being active throughout the day
  • Build muscle and improve your insulin sensitivity.
  • Avoiding high sugar foods and
  • Reduce carbohydrates. A diet rich in protein to balance blood sugar levels.
  • Good sleep and stress management can help to manage blood sugar levels.
  • Ra Supplement such as Ra Primrose+: A combination of three powerful ingredients- evening Primerose oil, Vitamin E, and Flaxseed oil that helps address skin concerns caused due to hormonal imbalance.
  • You can opt for Laser Hair Reduction. However, you need to make sure that your underlying cause is being treated first.

Post-pill PCOS

How Does this Occur?

This condition can occur in people who stop taking the oral contraceptive pill due to the synthetic hormones.

What are the Symptoms you may Experience?

  • Acne
  • Irregular periods and
  • Excess hair growth

How to Treat?

  • Patience is the key. It can take some time to reverse.
  • Ra Defense and Ra Primrose + is helpful
  • Prioritize sleep and stress management.

Adrenal PCOS

How Does this Occur?

This type of PCOS occurs due to an abnormal stress response.

How to Treat?

  • Manage stress with yoga and meditation
  • Get enough sleep each night.
  • Avoid high-intensity exercise.
  • Reduce caffeine from coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks.
  • Ra Primrose+ and Ra Defense- address skin concerns caused due to hormonal imbalance and reduce inflammation

Inflammatory PCOS

How Does this Occur?

In this type of PCOS, chronic inflammation causes the ovaries to make excessive testosterone.

What are the Symptoms you may Experience?

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Eczema
  • Bowel issues

How to Treat?

  • Address gut health.
  • Remove food triggers.
  • Natural anti-inflammatories present in Ra Defense such as turmeric, ginger, beta carotene support this type of PCOS.

Wrapping up

If you are experiencing PCOS and are still not sure or need more information, you can send a DM to Dr. Rashmi Shetty on the Instagram handle or call on You can also call on 09833055236 to book an appointment

Dr. Rashmi Shetty is frequently invited as a faculty at many dermatology and plastic surgery society meetings, including the American Association of Dermatology, Australian Association of Dermatology, Thai Derm Society & IADVL, among others. Dr. Shetty is an international trainer for facial injectables like Botox and fillers with industry leaders like Allergan, Merz, and Galderma. She has trained doctors across the world. She has been an integral part of the global advisory board of several skins and hair care MNCs, namely Unilever for Pond’s, Vaseline and Lakme, Procter & Gamble for Gillette, and Marico for Parachute’s haircare range, & Bio-Oil.

Credit: Audio notes provided by Dr Rashmi Shetty

Dr Rashmi Shetty, a specialist dermatologist, is an international speaker, teacher, and author with over 18 years of aesthetic and clinical dermatology experience.

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