Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Commonly just called PCOS, this syndrome affects 1 out of 10 women. Symptoms include deepening of the voice, facial and body hair growth, male pattern balding, irregular periods, fertility problems, miscarriage, depression, weight problems and low milk production. PCOS is the most common endocrine problem of breastfeeding women.
If you have already been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, see your doctor and have her perform the blood tests described in our article on thyroid function and hormone imbalance. If you can correct the underlying imbalances and deficiencies, it’ll go a long way toward improving your milk production and breastfeeding. Additionally, consider requesting a prescription of metoclopramide (however please be investigate the important and significant side-effects of this drug) and follow the suggestions in our article on the 11 ways to increase milk production.
If you have not been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but think you might have it, visit the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association at www.pcosupport.org as a starting point for research. If you feel like you may be affected, visit your doctor who can check for markers of the syndrome. If those turn out negative, have her complete the blood tests in the article referenced in the previous paragraph on thyroid function and hormone imbalance.