In today’s article, we are going to discuss a very common problem faced by women these days. It is called PCOD or PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).
A cousin of mine had also faced a similar problem in her adolescent years that continued well after her marriage as well. She had been a total geek all her life sending hours before the computer completely involved in her academics. She was chubby but gradually she started putting on weight, especially around her tummy area and had excessive facial hair growth. She had become a butt of joke among her classmates that lead to her getting depressed. Her menstrual cycle had been irregular as well. She got low on energy and her parents worried. A visit to the doctor confirmed that she had PCOD. She was prescribed a number of hormonal medications to reverse the condition but it lead to side-effects like bloating, drastic mood changes, nausea and headaches. She decided to go for a second opinion. The new doctor suggested her just a couple of medicines along with a very intense lifestyle change.
Let us first understand what PCOD is and the symptoms that should prompt a visit to the doctor.
What is PCOD?
PCOD is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, it is also called PCOS. This usually affects women in their child bearing years, i.e., after her hormones start changing and she enters the menstrual cycle. Recently, this is becoming a very common problem and 1 out of 10 women suffer from PCOD. This happens due to an imbalance in the reproductive hormones and multiple cysts filled with fluid appear on the ovary. This leads to –
- An enlargement of the ovary and they cease to function normally.
- Release of male hormones in high levels
- Irregular periods
Symptoms of PCOD:
- Missed or irregular periods
- Heavy flow
- Unnatural hair growth
- Acne and sudden painful breakouts
- Weight gain
- Male pattern baldness
- Dark patches on skin
How to overcome PCOD?
It is possible to reverse PCOD with certain lifestyle and diet changes.
Weight loss –
One of the prominent symptoms of PCOD is weight gain and obesity. Losing a significant amount of weight can help to regulate your menstrual cycle and improve the symptoms.
Diet changes –
If you have PCOD and are in love in junk food, give up on those immediately. Ensure that your diet is comprised of low-carbs that can be taken from seasonal fruits, veggies and whole grains. This diet will regulate your menstrual cycle. Here is a list of certain foods that you must have to overcome the condition:
- Drink Apple Cider vinegar every morning
- Whole food diet like green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds, seasonal vegetables and legumes.
- Cut off all processed food like cold cuts, aerated drinks, soda, white flour, pasta, processed meat and sugary food.
- Have raw cocoa as it is rich in iron and magnesium needed for regular periods.
Working out for atleast 30 mins. daily will help you to lose weight in a healthy way. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can opt for. You might also try other exercise routines like cycling, running, walking, yoga or aerobics. Try and avoid high-intensity weight training exercises.
PCOD is not a very serious disease but it definitely needs medical advice. Talk to your doctor; know the side effects of medications and natural ways to reverse PCOD condition. With time you can lead a normal life.