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Have PCOS? Prefer seeing endocrinologist instead of gynecologist

Srinagar, Oct 18: Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is misconceived as a gynecological disorder while it is actually a hormonal imbalance, doctors say.

The syndrome has become very common among the adolescent girls in Kashmir. People, however, misinterpret it as a gynecological disorder.

Officials at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, said the PCOS patients across Kashmir were consulting gynecologists, who can suggest treatment but cannot reach to the roots of the syndrome.

“Some patients do come to endocrinologists for treatment of PCOS but at a very late stage, when the disease has involved many other organs, leading to more prominence of the disease in one’s body,” a medico at SKIMS said, wishing not to be quoted by name.

Endocrinologist at the SMHS Hospital, Dr Shahnawaz Mir, said, “We cannot say gynaecologists cannot treat the patients, but PCOS is basically an endocrinological disorder and an endocrinologist can reach to its roots.”

He said there were a very few referred cases seen by him—the ones that the gynaecologists find difficult to treat.

He said, “It is better to go to an endocrinologist when a woman comes to know about the disease.”

Aisha, a patient at SKIMS, has been suffering from PCOS for the last two years.  She said she consulted a gynaecologist for about a year.

Aisha said, “When there were no visible changes in me, I researched about the disease and came to know that it is actually a hormonal disorder. Then, I changed my doctor.”

She said her menstrual cycle has become regular and the facial growth has reduced since she consulted the endocrinologist.

Another patient, Tabinda, 18, said she changed two gynaecologists in two years without any positive results.

She said, “One of my friends suggested me to visit an endocrinologist at the SMHS Hospital. Since then, there has been a lot of improvement in my health.”

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is actually a hormonal imbalance which necessary do not include cysts in ovaries.

Endocrinologist and a research scientist at SKIMS, Dr Afiya, told The Kashmir Monitor: “PCOS is not all about cysts; many women with PCOS don’t even have ovarian cysts. It is a metabolic, hormonal, psychosocial, and genetic disorder that affects a woman’s whole body.”