Managing your life with Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), the excess weight, emotional stress, not being able to conceive, the hair problems, having no one to talk to and most importantly — dealing with the comments and snide remarks — all probably leave you feeling dejected and with no time for the most important person in your life — YOU!
In spite of all the pain and anxiety, if you find little or no improvement in the symptoms after undergoing several conventional treatments, going to the gym and being on crash diets, it’s time to change, to stop the suffering and start living your life to the fullest again!
What is PCOS Problem?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) problem is a hormonal disorder in women defined by a group of signs and symptoms. PCOS problem is one of the most common reasons for infertility in women. This health condition can cause problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, cardiac function as well as appearance. Women who have polycystic ovary have multiple small cysts in their ovaries that occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted.
PCOS occurs not just in women, but in girls as young as 11! Polycystic ovaries are generally 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.
The most widely recognized clinical features are:
- Skin inflammation.
- Weight gain and problem getting thinner.
- Additional hair on the face and body. Frequently women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the abdomen, stomach, and back.
- Diminishing hair on the scalp.
- Unpredictable periods. Frequently women with PCOS have less than nine periods a year. A few women have no periods. Others go through extreme bleeding.
- Infertility issues. Many women who have PCOS experience difficulty getting pregnant.
No one really knows what exactly causes PCOS, but it is likely to be the result of a number genetic and environmental factors. Researchers are studying the role that genetics might play in this development. Excess production of the hormone androgen can also cause PCOS.
Diet For PCOS
Diet is one of the most important steps to deal with this disease. Our diet plan is basically to promote the right level of estrogen hormone in the body.” says dietitian Sheela.
Estrogen is one of the two main sex hormones which is responsible for female physical and reproduction growth. (Of course Men also have this hormone but in smaller amounts.) It is the hormone that makes a girl into a woman. It helps in development of breasts, pubic hair and underarms hair and start the menstrual cycle. It further helps in controlling cholesterol level, moods, bone, heart and skin.
Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries – (an organ that produces female’s eggs). Fats also create estrogen. Once it is created then it is transported to different tissues through the blood. When body is making less or too much of estrogen then body faces health issues. Indeed, during period estrogen level changes.
Other important things are LH and FSH i.e. Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone which help the proper ovulation. Here one important hormone is created known as Androgen. That is a male hormone. It is naturally created here but if someone has PCOD or PCOS the LH & FSH level will change. There will be high level of LH which will then combine with high level of Androgen produced in the ovaries and that leads to imbalance in menstrual cycle.
Another difficulty found in PCOS is the insulin resistance that means it increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Actually high level of insulin causes the ovaries to make more androgen hormone which further causes the problem to have increased amount of body hair, acne, loss of regular period.
Have loads of fruits and green leafy vegetables and try to abstain from dairy products as many experts believe that dairy products are a direct cause of an increase in insulin levels, which can aggravate skin troubles along with other PCOS symptoms.
Avoiding red meat and eating lean meat instead will help the condition and reduce the chances of infertility. It is always recommended to avoid hydrogenated and saturated fats, which are normally found in animal and dairy-based food.
Try to put a stop to cheese, cottage cheese, clarified butter, pork, lamb, beef, etc. and certain baked products like cookies, cakes and fudges as they will trigger a rise in your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Homeopathy’s approach to PCOS
So how can homeopathy help you if have been diagnosed with PCOS?
In homeopathy every woman with symptoms of PCOS presents differently and so too will each woman’s treatment plan. The weighting of PCOS symptoms will vary and so the focus of treatment will too. Whether it is help with hormonal imbalances or regulating periods, seeking relief from the side effects of prescribed medications or support in dealing with the stress and frustration associated with trying to get pregnant, or the emotional turmoil of being diagnosed with PCOS or infertile, homeopathy can help restore health on both the physical and emotional levels.
In homeopathic treatment we take a holistic approach to health and treat the person rather than the diagnosis alone. Instead each prescription and treatment plan is unique and designed according to the individual’s needs.
Homeopathic treatment is safe, non addictive, has no side effects and can be taken alongside conventional medicine. Combining a homeopathy routine, with good lifestyle choices, diet and exercise can be most effective in helping women with PCOS.