New Drug For PCOS
Have you ever wondered what, exactly, happens to change a mild-mannered lovely child into a ranging hormone of a teenager? Within the past couple of years, research has revealed the process by which the hormone kisspeptin (the trigger which causes the onset of puberty) is released through a signal to the pituitary gland. Once that happens, the hormone cascades through the body and, wham, puberty arrives.
The Profound Reach of Recent Finding To Help Cancer Patients
This finding has profound reach. It provides the information necessary to develop drugs to block the premature onset of sexuality in little children and is pertinent to new treatments for breast and prostate cancers. The tumors present in these cancers are fed by sex hormones which, in turn, are controlled by kisspeptin. There is also a very important link for women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. Both of these diseases are associated with infertility.
Two Conditions Which Can Render A Woman Infertile
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis affect millions of women worldwide and both have very profound negative effects. PCOS, as its name implies, is the presence of cysts on the ovaries. Endometriosis is a condition in which the cells of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, are found in the pelvic cavity. They respond to hormonal stimulation and bleed during menses; however, the blood pools in the pelvic cavity as it cannot be eliminated in the normal fashion.
A New Wonder Drug For PCOS And Endometriosis?
The importance of kisspeptin to the treatment of PCOS and endometriosis is the development of an artificial version of the hormone which has been completed in Scotland. Initial testing has been successful on animals and now the artificial hormone is being tested on humans. Kisspeptin antagonist has been proven in laboratory tests to be able to make the natural protein work properly. This causes the normalization of the release of hormones in women with hormonal irregularities, as is the case with PCOS and endometriosis.
The potential help this drug can provide is both amazing and encouraging. Women who have been trying to conceive a pregnancy and have been unsuccessful due to these diseases will have another venue to try. Women with PCOS suffer with myriad problems associated with the disease such as weight gain, hirutism, acne, and miscarriage if a pregnancy is conceived.
New Hope For Women Worldwide
Women who endure the constant pain of endometriosis, along with the associated infertility, can look forward to hope for the future. While the human trials are not yet complete, there is great excitement about success with the kisspeptin antagonist. Since it is the duplication of a naturally occurring hormone, they do not anticipate serious side-effects. Women who have to deal with the often painful and uncomfortable effects of PCOS and endometriosis may find they have an effective tool with which to control their symptoms and live more normal lives. They may also be closer to realizing their dream of having a baby.