Weight Loss can Help with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) occurs due to an imbalance of hormones, and may lead to fertility problems, especially in women suffering from obesity. The most effective way to address excessive overweight or obesity is bariatric surgery. While this surgery will help a woman to achieve a healthy weight loss, most patients will also experience an improvement in their metabolic rate and hormonal balance.  

With these improvements, it is possible to strike at the root of PCOS, and help a woman return to a healthier body weight and regain the natural ability to conceive. Experienced bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and other areas in the vicinity.   


Obesity and PCOS Relationship

PCOS is associated with an exceptional overgrowth of cysts or follicles along the outer lining of enlarged ovaries. This condition can often contribute to irregular ovulation and menstrual cycles, weight gain, abnormal hair growth on the body and face, acne breakouts, hair thinning and infertility. Research studies have shown that PCOS occurs mainly due to the over-production of insulin in a woman’s body.

At one time, researchers assumed that PCOS was a direct cause of obesity, but recent studies reveal that the relationship between obesity and PCOS may be more intricate. Sometimes PCOS may be just one of the elements in a larger obesity related complication known as metabolic syndrome. Obesity changes the body’s to generate and utilize insulin, which contributes to PCOS. Therefore, PCOS promotes obesity through its inhibition of weight loss.

A lot of times, it is observed that PCOS may be at the root of obesity, especially in cases where it inhibits the normal insulin production function of the body. Women can get rid of obesity with bariatric surgery, and eventually gain relief from PCOS symptoms as well. Dedicated bariatric surgeon Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby areas.


Treating PCOS and Infertility

Researchers increasingly believe that addressing the root cause of PCOS can help to treat infertility. Reduction in insulin levels in the body can successfully treat PCOS because it can bring down the amount of androgens produced by the ovaries. PCOS may create resistance against natural achievement of weight loss through diet and exercise.

Weight loss surgery can safely and permanently treat PCOS as well as infertility issues in many patients. Advanced metabolic surgeries such as gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy can change the way the body processes and absorbs food, and mitigate the production of intestinal hormones.

Healthy metabolic balance of the body can be reset and restored with these surgical procedures. This in turn can lead to hormonal changes that significantly alter insulin production levels and processing. In this manner, weight loss and hormone regulation can be successfully counter PCOS. Full restoration of fertility can be achieved in many cases with metabolic surgery.

However, the patient should be committed to waiting for a period of 12 to 18 months before getting pregnant in order to allow the body to adapt and stabilize to the new weight.

To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.

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