There is no doubt that carrying extra weight can be a major cause of infertility. Being overweight may also cause problems with conception, pregnancy and labour.
Alongside hot flushes, mood swings and forgetfulness (just to name a few symptoms), it is more than likely that the hormonal changes of menopause have brought with them an increase in your weight and body shape.
Can stress affect your weight?
Stress can have a negative impact on your weight and health, regardless if it is physical, emotional or psychological stress.
What is PCOS?
There is a lot of information available about PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Actually the name can be a little misleading as it does not mean one has cysts. Women have two ovaries, one on each side of the uterus and these produce eggs on a monthly basis. Ovarian cysts are actually fluid filled sacs that develop within an ovary.
Unfortunately for the sufferers, the exact cause of PCOS is not currently known, although many theories exist.
What is known about it is that PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects1 out of 10 women mostly between the ages of 14-55, making it one of the most common hormonal disorders in this age group.
PCOS may produce hormone imbalances and the problems associated with this including irregular periods and difficulties in conceiving. Other symptoms of PCOS are infertility, obesity, heart complications and disease, type 2 diabetes and endometrial cancer.