“I was 15 when i got my first periods, little late as compared to the girls nowadays hitting puberty. Ever since then, I started having struggle with my increasing weight, even though i am not as foodie as amita. As time flew, it made me realize, it was mere sign of irregularity in periods. After few times of frequent irregularities my mom suggested to consult a doctor. So we visited a gynecologist and after she was done with the checkup and few sonographies she revealed the suspense of irregular periods as “PCOD”.
With the introduction of this hefty term into my life, I started googling it as to find out what was it all about. The term PCOD (polycystic ovarian disorder or polycystic ovarian syndrome) is harmonal imbalance found in girls and women. Women who suffer from this syndrome have multiple small cysts in their ovaries. The cysts are larger in size and denser than the normal ovaries. It usually occurs when the sex hormones go out of balance and the body starts producing more male hormones resulting in the onset of several symptoms.
No one really knows what exactly causes PCOD, but it is likely to be the result of a number of genetic and environmental factors and lifestyle. Excess production of the hormone androgen can also cause PCOD.
Below are few conditions which leads to PCOD:
If any female member of your family, like your mother or sister, suffers from PCOD, then there are chances of you getting it too.
Insulin is a hormone whose job is to control the amount of sugar in the blood and convert it into energy. Insulin resistance means, that your body is unable to convert sugar into energy effectively. This could also create increase the production of androgen and cause PCOD.
Now-a-days majority of women possess lifestyle which includes irregular eating habits, junks dumping, no exercise, stress, etc. which ultimately becomes the reason behind PCOD.
From my case one of the symptoms evident is irregular periods. other symptoms include;
• Reduced fertility
• Abnormal weight gain or obesity
• Heart (cardiac) complications
• Acne or skin rashes
• Abnormal hair growth or hair loss
• Anxiety or depression
PCOD treatment or management can include a range of things, but the most important factors include simple lifestyle and diet modifications.
- Homeopathic treatment is highly recommended since, this was the major factor in healing PCOD for me.
- A healthy diet and moderate exercise is recommended, especially those who are overweight. This can help regulate the menstrual cycle and lower blood glucose levels.
- If you are overweight, the weight loss through a low-calorie diet combined with moderate exercise can be effective. In fact, losing 5% of body weight can help improve PCOD condition. Weight loss treatment can also increase the effectiveness of medications the doctor recommends for PCOD.
- Practising yoga on regular basis is must. It helps in breaking up of the enlarge cysts and hence regulating the delays. Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming for at least 30 to 90 minutes every day, goes a long way in managing the condition. It will also help you lower or get rid of insulin resistance.
- Chronic stress only makes insulin resistance worse and as causing PCOD. So, look for ways to de-stress your mind and body. For instance, getting good sleep of at least 7 to 9 hours can help lower insulin resistance. Stress reduction techniques, such as yoga and meditation let you connect with your body.
There is no medication as such to cure PCOD completely, but you can avoid the
discomforts of the disease by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, following the right diet, staying away from stress as I did. We, #Swankyarians strongly recommend eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and cutting down on unhealthy habits such as alcohol consumption and smoking. Also, it is important to seek the best quality healthcare as soon as PCOD is diagnosed.
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