Articles on infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome

PCOS Is More Than a Hormonal Disorder

Dr. Neelam Nath Bhatia, General Physician
PCOS-Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or POCD-Polycystic Ovarian Disease means presence of tiny water filled balloons on the ovaries. Ovaries have developing follicles in women from puberty to menopause. A baby girl is borne with a numbers of them but they start maturing at puberty, few per cycle. Not every egg she is carrying gets ripe in each cycle & this is the way the capability of reproducing is protected in a woman.Few follicles develop & rupture per cycle, egg is released which travels towards uterus for implantation. Uterus has made arrangements to receive the mature egg for conception. In case no conception takes place, the lining is shed for 5 days in the form of periods.The size of follicles in Indian women is about 20 mm or 2 cms but some women may do have a size larger than this but it is never more than 2.5 cms.What is a Cyst? Cyst is a balloon with clear water like transparent substance.If Cysts are present in ovaries , it is a disease or a Lifestyle Disorder?Cyst in ovaries can be a big follicle that did not rupture on day 14- Ovulation time or it can be due to other reasons not known to us,  but the affected woman gets diagnosed by an Ultrasound.She has symptoms of irregular periods, delayed cycles with less blood and obesity, acne on face, black patches here and there, hair loss, hirsutism (hair on face), risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease, thyroid disease being on the low side and infertility / and if she conceives risk of a complicated pregnancy with high BP, swellings and pre eclamptic changes.Her blood levels are high  for SteroidsTestosterone hormoneFollicle stimulating hormoneFasting blood sugar is high but herHDL-the good cholesterol is low CRP-C reactive protein is high-it is an indicator of inflammation and infection Anywhere in the body.Doctors usually prescribe a 21 day course of low hormone oral contraceptive pills, even to young girls who do not need it to prevent conception. Metformin medicine given to Type 2 Diabetics is also prescribed.But OCs / Hormone therapy does carry side effects like making periods more irregular than before, break through bleeding, weight gain, nausea, mood swings among others. PCOS can also be considered a lifestyle disorder:Correct it by modifying lifestyle byReduce the weight by taking no sugar, minimal salt, no bad fats like burgers, pizzas and street food, packed food rich in salt and fats as salt is a preservative and fats add to the taste.Do yoga and meditation Reduce stress but do enjoy the fruitful result oriented stress as it boosts the good cholesterol, Exercise regularly but according to constitution and tolerance.Eat as much as possible-every seasonalfruits and vegetables, at least 5 types with 5 different colours.Even borderline low thyroid becomes normal without giving extra thyroid hormones as tablets (eltroxin has lots of side effects like palpitations and high end personality who wants to be always on the go!)Take a glass of warm water with juice oflemon + a spoon of honey added to it, every day in the morning on emptystomach. This helps to reduce weight, bring down levels of blood sugar andcholesterol.Apple cider vinegar if taken with juice/water /honey helps also.Treat PCOD minus hormones & sugar lowering medicine metformin

Things You Should Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Pcos)

Dr. Jyotsna Gupta, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
What is Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's:Menstrual cycleAbility to have childrenAppearanceHormonesBlood vesselsHeartWith PCOS/PCOD women typically have:High levels of 'androgens.' These are sometimes called male hormones, though females also make them.Many small cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in their ovariesMissed or irregular periods (monthly bleeding)What causes PCOS? The cause of PCOS is unknown. But most experts think that several factors, including genetics, could play a role. Women with PCOS are more likely to have a mother or sister with PCOS.A main underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS, the ovaries make more androgens than normal. Androgens are male hormones that females also make. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation.High androgen levels can lead to:AcneExcessive hair growthWeight gainProblems with ovulation How many women have PCOS? Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age has PCOS. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years old. What are the symptoms of PCOD or PCOS? The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms include:Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periodsInfertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating. In fact, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility.Increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toesMale-pattern baldness or thinning hairCysts on the ovariesAcne, oily skin, or dandruffWeight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waistSkin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck areaPelvic painAnxiety or depressionPatches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or blackSleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleepHow do I know if I have PCOS? There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take the following steps to find out if you have PCOS or if something else is causing your symptoms.Medical history. Your doctor will ask about your menstrual periods, weight changes, and other symptoms.Physical exam. Your doctor will want to measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and waist size. He or she also will check the areas of increased hair growth. You should try to allow the natural hair to grow for a few days before the visit.Pelvic exam. Your doctor might want to check to see if your ovaries are enlarged or swollen by the increased number of small cysts.Blood tests. Your doctor may check the androgen hormone and glucose (sugar) levels in your blood.Ultrasound (sonogram). Your doctor may perform a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area. It might be used to examine your ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (lining of the womb). This lining may become thicker if your periods are not regular.How is PCOS treated?Because there is no cure for PCOS, it needs to be managed to prevent problems. Treatment goals are based on your symptoms, whether or not you want to become pregnant, and lowering your chances of getting heart disease and diabetes. Many women will need a combination of treatments to meet these goals. Some treatments for PCOS include:Lifestyle modification. Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, which can cause health problems. You can help manage your PCOS by eating healthy and exercising to keep your weight at a healthy level. Healthy eating tips include:Limiting processed foods and foods with added sugarsAdding more whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats to your dietThis helps to lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improve the body's use of insulin, and normalize hormone levels in your body. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular.Birth control pills. For women who don't want to get pregnant, birth control pills can:Control menstrual cyclesReduce male hormone levelsHelp to clear acneFertility medications. Lack of ovulation is usually the reason for fertility problems in women with PCOS. Several medications that stimulate ovulation can help women with PCOS become pregnant. Even so, other reasons for infertility in both the woman and man should be ruled out before fertility medications are used.Another option is in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF offers the best chance of becoming pregnant in any given cycle. It also gives doctors better control over the chance of multiple births. But, IVF is very costly.Surgery. "Ovarian drilling" is a surgery that may increase the chance of ovulation. It’s sometimes used when a woman does not respond to fertility medicines. This surgery can lower male hormone levels and help with ovulation. But, these effects may only last a few months.Medicine for increased hair growth or extra male hormones. Medicines called anti-androgens may reduce hair growth and clear acne. Anti-androgens are often combined with birth control pills. These medications should not be taken if you are trying to become pregnant.Before taking any Medicines tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.Other options include:Cream to reduce facial hairLaser hair removal or electrolysis to remove hairHormonal treatment to keep new hair from growingDoes PCOS change at menopause?Yes and no. PCOS affects many systems in the body. So, many symptoms may persist even though ovarian function and hormone levels change as a woman nears menopause. For instance, excessive hair growth continues, and male-pattern baldness or thinning hair gets worse after menopause. Also, the risks of complications (health problems) from PCOS, such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, increase as a woman gets older.Polycystic ovary syndrome and pregnancy- How does PCOS affect a woman while pregnant?Women with PCOS appear to have higher rates of:MiscarriagePremature deliveryPregnancy-induced high blood pressureGestational diabetesDoes PCOS put women at risk for other health problems?Women with PCOS have greater chances of developing several serious health conditions. Recent studies found that:Women with PCOS can have diabetes or pre-diabetes at early age.Women with PCOS are at greater risk of having high blood pressure.Women with PCOS can develop sleep apnea. This is when breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep.Women with PCOS may also develop anxiety and depression. It is important to talk to your doctor about treatment for these mental health conditions.Irregular menstrual periods and the lack of ovulation cause women to produce the hormone estrogen, but not the hormone progesterone. Progesterone causes the endometrium (lining of the womb) to shed each month as a menstrual period. Without progesterone, the endometrium becomes thick, which can cause heavy or irregular bleeding. Over time, this can lead to endometrial hyperplasia, when the lining grows too much, and cancer.I have PCOS. What can I do to prevent complications?If you have PCOS, get your symptoms under control at an earlier age to help reduce your chances of having complications like diabetes and heart disease. Talk to your doctor about treating all your symptoms, rather than focusing on just one aspect of your PCOS, such as problems getting pregnant. Also, talk to your doctor about getting tested for diabetes regularly. Other steps you can take to lower your chances of health problems include:Eating rightExercisingNot smokingHow can I cope with the emotional effects of PCOS?Having PCOS can be difficult. You may feel:Embarrassed by your appearanceWorried about being able to get pregnantDepressedManaging PCOS (Diet and Exercise)Following lifestyle and diet modifications can help manage PCOS symptoms to an extent-Frequently have small meals (5-6 times a day) without fail.Drink a lot of water (8-10 glasses)Try to consume 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.Stick to a high fibre diet (wholegrains/fruits/vegetables)Give preference to home cooked meals.Add brightly colored and white vegetables to your diet. They have high anti-oxidants.Food to avoid- Fried/packaged/processed foodsFoods with high glycemic index​Exercises suggested- Work out at least 5 times every week for at least 30 minutesRunning, swimming, yogaStrengthening exercises​Even if you don't lose weight, exercise in PCOS helps to improve things like- insulin sensitivity, frequency of ovulation, cholesterol, body composition.Getting treatment for PCOS can help with these concerns and help boost your self-esteem. It is advised that you should consult gynecologist who can help you based on your symptoms and requirements to manage PCOD/PCOS. 

Infertility Factors in Males and Females

Dr. Kaushal Kadam, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
In medical terms, infertility is referred to as a woman’s inability to conceive, even after a year of unprotected intercourse. Although infertility is considered to be a concern often associated with women, not many people know that male-related infertility accounts for one-third of the cases. Studies also indicate that the infertility cause remains unidentified in 25% of couples planning to have a baby.Here are some common and not-so-common factors of female and male infertility:Infertility in WomenCommon Factors·      Tubal Disease – damage or blockage of the Fallopian tubes.·      Ovulatory dysfunction or an ovulation – egg is not released from the ovary every month.·      Endometriosis – affects the function of the Fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries.·      Uterine or cervical abnormalities – abnormalities in the shape or cavity of the uterus or problems with the opening/closing of the cervix.·      Gynecological problems - previous ectopic pregnancy or more than one miscarriage.Less Common Factors·      Premature menopause·      Use of medications that induce temporary infertility·      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)·      Absence of menstruationInfertility in MenCommon Factors·      Low sperm count or quality·      Problems with the delivery of sperm·      Erectile dysfunction·      Premature ejaculationLess Common Factors·      Inflammation of testes (Orchitis)·      Blocked testicle(s)·      Any drug treatment or exposure to chemotherapy, saunas or hot tubsSome common factors which can lead to infertility issues in both men and women are:·      Genetic abnormalities·      Lifestyle factors such as being overweight, stress, smoking, drugs or contact with/ingestion of harmful chemicals.·      Medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and thyroid (mostly in women).·      Age-related infertility - though it affects females more (after the age of 35), males suffer from it too.Medical tests could help to determine the actual cause of infertility, and artificial treatment options available to the couple thereafter.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome | PCOD - Yes, Diet Can Help!

Ms. Ankita Gupta Sehgal, Dietitian/Nutritionist
PCOD or Polycystic Ovarian Disease, as the name suggests is a medical condition in which clusters of small sized cysts are formed in the ovaries. These cysts are fluid-filled and contain immature eggs. This disease usually occurs in the reproductive age of women, due to the hormonal imbalance. The female body starts producing more male sex hormone ‘androgen,’ due to which the normal menstrual cycles get disrupted. Though the cause of PCOD is not very clear, it is presumed that combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role. Risk factors are obesity, lack of physical activity/ sedentary lifestyle and family history of someone with the condition. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can help lessen the symptoms of PCOD which in turn help in restoring a normal period and  regular cycle. Symptoms1. Hirsutism - Excessive hair growth on the face and body2. Weight gain - especially around the waist 3. Acne or oily skin4. Anxiety and depression 5. Irregular menstrual cycle or missed period6. Difficulty in conception as it affects fertility. 7. Thinning hair on the scalp. PCOD can further complicate health and can lead to diabetes and uterine cancer. Though several medications like Birth control pills, androgen blocking medications, insulin sensitising medications etc are used for the treatment, one of the best treatments for PCOD is a healthy lifestyle - a healthy diet with regular exercise. How can Diet help in PCOD / PCOSDietary considerations1.  Avoid dairy products.  Milk contains many hormones and chemicals given to the animals in the form of injections for the purpose of lactation, which when ingested by the PCOD patients can upset their hormonal balance and aggravate the symptoms.2.  Avoid saturated and trans fat.  These fats can increase your cholesterol levels and add more calories leading to weight gain. As PCOD patients are already at a risk of heart disease and diabetes, the saturated or trans fat can be additional risk factors. Avoid red meat, processed and fried foods.3.  Avoid high Glycemic Index ( GI ) foods as they shoot up your sugar levels quickly. These include refined flour, pasta, cookies, rice, potatoes, sweets or sweeteners, juices, etc.4.  Increase fiber intake. Have whole fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, bran, barley, quinoa, almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, leafy vegetables, etc. in your diet to increase the fiber content as it will keep you full for longer period and not let you gain weight.5. Have high protein and low carb diet. High protein diet is beneficial in losing weight. Add good sources of protein such as lean meat, poultry, fish, yogurt, beans, lentils, etc. Try to eat carbohydrate with protein, as protein helps to regulate the sugar spike resulting from carbohydrate intake. 6.  Add more fruits and vegetables in your diet, as they contain more antioxidants, which is very important to reduce the oxidative stress. They are the rich sources of all the minerals and vitamins. Vitamin B and folic acid in particular play an important role in managing PCOD symptoms. Try to eat fruits with skin rather than juices.7. Add healthy fats - Try to add more omega-3, omega-6 sources in your diet like olive or canola oil, nuts and seeds, fish. 8. Limit processed foods and foods with added sugars. Even a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular. Though PCOD cannot be cured completely, but making some changes in your diet and regular exercise can be very helpful in managing the PCOD symptoms.

Getting Pregnant With Polycystic Ovaries (Pcos)

Mr. Preshanthan M S
“From embarrassing visible signs like chin hair and acne, to more worrying ones like missed or irregular periods, polycystic ovary syndrome can affect your health, leading to diabetes, infertility and even cancer. Dr.Samundi Sankari, Chief Consultant - Srushti Fertility Centre Chennai tells you how to spot the symptoms of this sometimes silent disease”SYMPTOMSPCOS is untreatable, but can be managed. Irregular menstrual cycles and difficulty conceiving are among the most common symptoms, the result of ovarian follicles that fail to mature fully and to release eggs. Affected women often have enlarged ovaries and prolonged bleeding during menses. The hormone imbalances is characterised by the distinctive symptoms such as irregular periods, Excess facial hair and thinning and falling of hair, weight gain, oily and acne prone skin, pigmentation - around neck, armpit or thighs, Infertility and Insulin resistance-diabetes. The healthiest, most effective long-term method of managing PCOS is to live a healthy lifestyle: proper diet, accompanied by regular exercise, regularizing healthy sleep pattern and effectively managing stress could help normalize the body metabolism and reduce potential risks of PCOS such as Infertility and Diabetes.“LOSING WEIGHT REDUCES YOUR INSULIN LEVELS, RESULTING IN LOWER TESTOSTERONE LEVELS, WHICH IN TURN IMPROVES FERTILITY AND REDUCES VISIBLE SYMPTOMS SUCH AS EXCESSIVE HAIR GROWTH AND ACNE”PCOS AND INFERTILITYPCOS has a direct impact on your fertility and ability to conceive. In recent years, there has been increase in incidence where woman who underwent infertility treatment at Srushti were diagnosed with PCOS, but most of them had their other fertility factors as normal. About 30% of women who took treatment where able to conceive naturally with just lifestyle modifications. Half of the women with irregular periods conceived with ovulation induction, follicular monitoring and timed sexual intercourse or Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI). Women who had severe PCOS were treated with laparoscopic ovarian drilling and  most of them were able to conceive naturally post treatment and others conceived through Assisted Reproductive Techniques such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).Dr Samundi Sankari says many women won’t have any symptoms while having PCOS. Huge number of PCOS patients, particularly women in their early or late 20’s who come to me only when they have fertility issues. We advise women in the reproductive age group to visit their gynaecologist at least once a year, regardless of whether they have any symptoms or complaints.

Everything You Need to Know About Pcos (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Dr. Disha Sridhar, Gynecologist/Obstetrician
There are several issues becoming more prevalent with every passing day in today’s world. One such condition reaching near epidemic proportions is a dreaded and now very familiar name – PCOS. Here you will find everything you need to know about PCOS to get started.What is PCOS or PCOD?Polycystic ovary syndrome (sometimes referred to as disease depending on severity) is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with one’s periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancers! Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts themselves are not harmful, but lead to hormone imbalances. Did you know that symptoms of PCOS persist even when both the ovaries are removed? The root cause of the problem is not in your ovaries but in your metabolism.There is involvement of the hormone regulation centre at hypothalamus in the brain which affects multiple organs (Multi-system disease).Some of the symptoms are as follows: Acne.Weight gain and trouble losing weight.Extra hair on the face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.Thinning hair on the scalp.Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than nine periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have very heavy bleeding.Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant (infertility).Depression.As if it was not bad enough, it increases your chances of developing a big disease later on in life, like full-blown diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancers. The BioCycle study (NIH 2009) showed that untreated, hormonal imbalances increase significantly a woman's risk to diseases of inflammation - heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature ageing, not to mention a perpetual state of body suffering before these diseases even show up.The treatmentToday, the western medicine deals with identifying and treating the symptoms around PCOS. But these spot treatment are at best described as band-aid solutions to a much deeper problem that gets worse not only due to the ignorance of the root cause but also as side-effects of these symptomatic treatments over long periods of time. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, chances are you have been prescribed Birth Control Pills or OC’s (oral contraceptives) for regularising hormone cycles and hence periods and metformin for elevated blood sugars or pre/diabetic conditions. All in an attempt to mask the symptoms but they come back in a worse form once synthetic hormones and pills are stopped. Lets have a look at these two so that you can get to the root of the problem and avoid potential side effects of these.Birth Control PillWhat it does: The synthetic hormones in the birth control mask your natural hormonal patterns to prevent ovulation from happening, and therefore prevent pregnancy. The menstrual period you experience on the pill is not an actual period, but rather a “break-through bleed” that occurs from the drop in estrogen. So even though it might be regulating your cycle, once you get off the pill chances are your period will return to the same state is was before and mostly it gets even worse.Side effects: Women who continually use contraceptive pills are more likely to develop circulatory problems (thrombosis and embolism), liver tumors, headaches, depression and cancer (especially breast cancer) than those who don’t use them. The risk increases with age. Metformin (Glucophage)What it does: Metformin helps with blood sugar and insulin management by suppressing glucose production by the liver. It’s commonly used for diabetes and PCOS with insulin resistance.Side effects: In a recent study, metformin was found to cause an impairment mental cognition. It’s more commonly known to cause serious digestive issues like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and more uncomfortable symptoms.If you are diagnosed with PCOS and you have been offered a prescription of birth control pills & synthetic hormones, PLEASE STOP!The advice to lose weight & exercise moreover, does not completely work either. They say that you should lose weight to be healthy but I say that you should be healthy to lose weight. I am sure you can relate to that. I am not here to criticize any system, and each kind of treatment has its own role.ConclusionVery often you'll be told that the only thing you can do is take a pill, but I hope this article has opened your eyes to the side effects of synthetic hormones and helped give you your power back when it comes to making informed decisions about treating your PCOS symptoms.There is no quick fix to treating PCOS. It is a systemic issues that needs to be managed through diet and lifestyle and holistic approach. If you’re ready to get to the bottom of your hormonal imbalances once and for all, let me help you. Your body CAN work for you. You can choose to stop suffering and start feeling good all month long.My thoughtsI believe it is my responsibility to share what I've learnt so that you and many others are not held back by PCOS & hormone imbalances, but rather use it as a way to improve your lives. I want to empower you. I want you to be the captain of your own ship because I know that if we take the necessary steps, we can improve not only our own lives, but those of our family, community & the world at large.‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’I will be glad to help you if you choose to take that first step in healing.Wishing you health & happiness!

Weight Gain & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Pcos)

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Women with PCOS due to the increase in weight and general insulin resistance in the body are more prone to diseases like diabetes and heart. All these conditions can be avoided by simply following a  exercise and healthy eating routine specific to this medical condition. The most common mistake made by people with this condition is that they go on fad diets or start starving themselves. All this will do nothing to the condition but only make it worse, making you more susceptible to additional nutrition deficiencies like osteoporosis etc. Here are three simple steps to lose weight with PCOS:Step 1- Eat Right:- Limit Carbohydrate Intake: Limit the intake of carbohydrate to 40-50 percent of the total diet per day.- Avoid Refined Carbohydrates: refined carbohydrates like Maida-based or sugar, shoots up insulin levels which worsen the symptoms associated with PCOS and promote abdominal fat storage.-  Include Low Glycemic Index (GI) foods: Foods with a low GI release sugar into the blood more slowly, resulting in a slow and steady release of insulin preventing insulin resistance. Low GI foods include those high in fiber, fresh vegetables and some fruits and protein-rich.- Incorporate Soya: Soya and its products have phytoestrogen properties which mimic female hormone –estrogen bringing about beneficial effects.- Eat at Regular Intervals: Any variation in meal timings puts pressure on the glands to release more of contra-PCOS hormones.- Salt Restriction: Is another major aspect to prevent water retention and to relieve the symptom of bloating.Step 2- Exercise:Regular exercise helps controls insulin levels and reduces depression. The best forms of exercises for women with PCOS are:- Cardiovascular Exercise- Interval Training- Strength TrainingStep 3- Sleep:Regular and adequate sleep pattern has an effect on blood glucose management. One study showed that otherwise normal people who were deprived of just one night's sleep had impaired glucose/insulin systems. A good night sleep of 7-8 hrs/day is therefore essential to mitigate symptoms of PCOS arising out of insulin resistance. Lifestyle modifications including stress reduction, exercise, and balanced diet have positive effects for PCOS women planning to conceive.

PCOS Has Become as Common as Common Cold These Days

Dr. Geetanjali, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has become as common as common cold these days. It affects at least one in every ten women ageing towards puberty. PCOS is an aftermath of a hormonal imbalance in women wherein the testosterone levels shoots up in the body causing an array of symptomatic reactions.A woman with PCOS is prone to weight gain, pelvic pain, acne, depression and irregular menstrual cycles. But that’s only as far as the horror factors go. Firstly, like I have mentioned before, PCOS has become indescribably common among women of a certain age these days. Secondly, with a treatment, proper diet and exercise schedule, PCOS is quite curable.Here are a few tips and tricks for you to keep in mind and compile them with your treatment to stay several steps ahead of PCOS.PCOS and Weight gain Between PCOS and body weight, it’s a long, enticing affair that takes place. PCOS makes it difficult for the body to use insulin; a hormone that is responsible for converting food starch into energy. As a result, your body becomes insulin resistant, and stores up the energy as fat instead of burning it out. High insulin levels make it a troublesome affair to maintain a manageable weight.Diet tips that work wonders with PCOS Carbohydrates are one of those food components that really make your insulin levels tick. But not all carbs are the bad guys. It’s the simple carbs that you need to watch out for. Even if you gulp down foods with the same amount of carbohydrate, the effect they will have on your insulin level will vary depending on the type of carb that you have consumed. So, it helps to stay wide awake every time you go grocery shopping. Make a few necessary tweaks to your grocery list and consumption pattern, and before you know your PCOS will be an ancient thing in the past. Next time you go to the departmental store, make sure you pick whole grains over multi-grains. You could switch from cornflakes to wheat flakes or oatmeal as far as breakfast is concerned. Here’s another small fix you can pull. Swap your white bread with its brown counterpart and do the same with your rice. It’s always more advisable (and beneficial) to eat whole fruits instead of drinking canned juices. And, most importantly let not those ‘fat-free’ levels laugh it off at you; they are secretly loaded with a truck full of sugar.To further fine tune your PCOS diet; build up on smart snacking habits. Open a packet of unsalted peanuts rather than salted potato chips. Having a tantrum with the sweet tooth? Smoothen it out with tidbits of dark chocolate.  Rely on water (and water alone) to quench your thirst.  Choose this essential and harmless liquid to curb down your soda and soft drink pangs entirely. Eating a little consciously can take you a long way to get rid of PCOS. Top up your dietary efforts with your regular exercise alongside your treatment, and there’s no reason why your hormones won’t fall into place along with your life

Fertility Tips for Predicting Ovulation

Dr. Satish Erra, Homeopath
Natural Fertility: 6 Tips for Predicting Ovulation)Here are 6 Tips for Predicting Ovulation Naturally:Predicting Ovulation Tip #1 – Counting Your DaysA cycle is counted from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period. Remember, the hormone levels are at point zero or neutral for the first three days.Keeping track of the average length of your menstrual cycles is one of the easiest ways to predict ovulation. In a 28-day cycle, for example, ovulation will generally take place between 12 and 15 days.This is the time that a women is most fertile and most likely to get pregnant. Therefore, the best time to have intercourse is between days 10 and 17 of your menstrual cycle.This first phase (Phase 1) should not be shorter than 10 day or longer than 17 days. If too short, the uterine lining does not have enough time to thicken and the egg does not have time to mature.If too long, this means a women’s estrogen production is low.Predicting Ovulation Tip #2 – Changing Cervical MucusAs you approach ovulation, your cervical mucus changes in both volume and texture.You are most fertile when your cervical mucus discharge is clear and stretchy, like egg white texture. For conception, have intercourse during each cycle on the days when your cervical mucus (vaginal discharge) feels elastic, wet and slippery.Predicting Ovulation Tip #3 – Cervix ChangesWhen levels of estrogen are heightened, as they are around ovulation, the cervix will become more pliable, soft and change positions upward away from the vagina.The cervical opening will also become wider. To check the position of the cervix, reach into the vaginal canal with your finger. The tip of the finger will touch the tip of the cervix. Note any subtle changes that vary before and after ovulation.Predicting Ovulation Tip #4 – Lower Abdominal DiscomfortSome women may experience mild aches and pain in the lower abdominal area. Referred to as mittelschmerz (a German word meaning “middle pain”), abdominal pain can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and is a sign that ovulation is occurring.Predicting Ovulation Tip #5 – Body Temperature IncreaseThis change in temperature occurs because of the release of the egg and the production of hormones that accompany it.While this temperature is too slight to be felt, it can be measured using a body temperature thermometer.Predicting Ovulation Tip #6 – Ovulation Timing Self-TestAn ovulation predictor kit is an option in predicting ovulation. A positive result means that your hormone levels are high, signalling that ovulation will occur within 12 to 48 hours.