PCOD is anachronym for Polycystic ovarian disease. If the conditions get worse further, the disease gets converted into PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It is biological imbalance of hormones in females. It is usually observed in women in age group between 12-45 years. In India, more than 1 million cases are seen every year. Hormonal imbalance causes irregular menstrual cycle, acne, hirsutism, weight gain and sudden mood swings. There are countless symptoms of pcod and if not treated on time leads to several heart diseases. Hormonal imbalance is mainly caused due to hectic lifestyle in which we are trapped. Eating unhealthy food, consuming meals late or skipping meals, not moving your body in any physical activity are some basic reasons for Pcod.
The most important thing to remember about pcod is, it is not a disease, its just result of your unhealthy lifestyle. There is not permanent cure for pcod nor there are any permanent medicines which one can take on daily basis. The only solution to this pcod is by improving your lifestyle. Being a pcod patient, I have observed that opting a good, clean and healthy schedule will kick away pcod within very less period of time. The medicines are temporary solution and you will soon understand that in order to treat pcod, you have to give all your patience, courage and power. So here is the detailed info about pcod, so that women out there can get to help (I would like to share what I personally have observed on my whole journey of curing pcod).
BIOLOGICAL REASONS FOR THE CAUSE
- The female body has both female hormones, estrogen and progesterone as well as small number of male hormones, androgen. Under normal condition, male hormones are usually less than female hormones. But in pcod, the level of male hormones rises which affects the ovulation cycle occurring in females.
- This hormonal imbalance leads to irregular periods, facial hair growth, acne, weight gain, heavy hair fall, hirsutism and sudden mood swings.
- Ovaries contains follicles which are small sacs that contain eggs. Normally, each month ovary release one or two egg into the uterus when they get matured. This is called ovulation.
- In polycystic ovarian disease, the eggs in follicle do not mature and are not released from ovaries.
- These unmatured eggs form a layer called cysts inside ovary, which prevent ovulation.
- The lack of ovulation alters levels of FSH ( Follicle stimulating hormone ) and LH (Luteinizing hormone ) which controls ovulation.
- Pcod can be caused mainly due to genes, inflammation and insulin resistance (the cells in body does not use insulin efficiently).
SYMPTOMS OF PCOD
The most common symptoms of pcod can be seen within 1 or 2 months. Some common symptoms are: –
- IRREGUALR PERIODS: Due to lack of ovulation, the uterus linings do not shed off with blood and hence, periods do not occur.
- HEAVY BLEEDING: – Over time uterus lining gets thick and whenever it ruptures, heavy bleeding is observed.
- HAIR GROWTH: – Generally, in most cases women with this condition grow hairs on their face, belly and chest. Excess hair growth is called hirsutism.
- ACNE: – Excess male hormones makes oil secretary glands more active due to which, women faces acne.
- WEIGHT GAIN: – Most women gain weights, particularly near abdomen.
- BALDNESS: – Hair on scalp gets thinner.
- DARKENING OF SKIN: – The skin gets darker near neck and under breasts.
HOW BODY REACTS TO PCOD
Pcod affects women body in various ways, often these are life threatening too. Let’s take a look at these: –
- ENDOMETRIAL CANCER:
As the ovulation does not occur on regular basis, so the uterus linings get deposited and it causes endometrial cancer.
2. SLEEP APNEA: – Mostly, the women which are over weight deals with difficulty in breathing during their sleep.
3. METABOLIC SYNDROME: – As the women dealing with pcod are obese or over weight, they have higher risk of getting high blood pressure, low good cholesterol and high bad cholesterol. Thus, results in several heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
4. INFERTILITY: – To get pregnant, ovulation is necessary but in pcod you do not conceive due to lack of ovulation. This leads to infertility.
MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR PCOD (TEMPRORARY SOLUTIONS)
If you have come across any of the above symptoms, do consult gynecologist. Some pills and checkups will be prescribed:
- BIRTH CONTROL PILLS – To balance hormones, control hair growth and protects from endometrial cancer.
- METFORMIN – To improve insulin levels.
- CLOMIPHENE – This helps women to get pregnant
These are medical treatments which will be given to you, when you approach a gynae. But to tell you the truth, to permanently treat pcod. One has to change their unhealthy lifestyle.
LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO COMBAT PCOD (PERMANENT SOLUTIONS)
In order to tackle pcod, exercise, healthy eating diet and proper schedule will surely improve symptoms of pcod.
Reducing weight will lower the risk of various heart diseases and will help in boosting good cholesterol level which in turn balances hormones. There are many YouTube trainers which I have followed personally for weight loss. The links are –
https://chloeting.com (CHLOE TING)
These are some youtubers which I recommend for exercising and weight loss.
Consuming good and healthy meals is also an important key to this journey. The diet should be rich in fiber, low in carbs and processed foods. One should increase the intake of complex carbs like healthy oatmeal, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and fruits. There is a myth, one should not consume dairy products but it is not like that. You have to avoid full cream milk. As body is resistant to insulin, one should lower the intake of refined foods, honey, jaggery, sugar and can food. More information on diet plan is provided in the link below –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJN3l7nQwqQIF2_RHfPxveg ( link for more recipes for pcod diet )
Exercising regularly and taking good healthy meal on time will help many women out there to remove pcod from its roots. The only thing you need is be consistent and determined because its sure is along journey but you can do it!!!!