Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu now says she flew to India in May this year to seek fertility treatment.
Speaking to Tanzania’s Global Publishers, Wema Sepetu revealed she is suffering from a condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
According to Better Health Channel, PCOS is a complex hormonal condition.
The health information website says ‘Polycystic’ literally translates as ‘many cysts’.
“This really refers to there being many partially formed follicles on the ovaries, which each contain an egg. These rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs that can be fertilized,” says Better Health Channel.
PCOS is treatable.
According to Wema Sepetu, who is on medication, she is optimistic of conceiving any time from 2019.
Better Health Channel says women who have PCOS may experience: irregular menstrual cycles, no periods, excessive facial or body hair growth (or both), acne, scalp hair loss, reduced fertility (difficulty in becoming pregnant), mood changes – including anxiety and depression, obesity and sleep apnoea, among others.
PCOS is also associated with an increased risk of developing health problems in later life, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it often runs in families. It’s related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin.
If fertility medications are ineffective, a simple surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) may be recommended. This involves using heat or a laser to destroy the tissue in the ovaries that’s producing androgens, such as testosterone, says Nhs.uk.
With treatment, most women with PCOS are able to get pregnant.