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Erase the Dread and Stigma of PCOD

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or polycystic ovary disease (PCOD) is a very common reproductive endocrine disorder. It is a hormone imbalance that can cause infertility, obesity, and excessive facial hair in women. Though very common, the social stigma attached to having extra male hormones and facial hair makes the condition scary for women. Most of the young girls who have come to me and diagnosed with PCOS have reacted in such a way that their life was over and they couldn’t be happier again! The condition is often hushed by their parents for the fear that their daughters may be judged and they will not be able to lead a normal life. This is absolutely not true. You don’t have to feel hopeless if you are diagnosed with PCOS. With treatment and proper lifestyle modifications, the condition can be managed well.

Though the exact cause of PCOD is not known, several factors such as hereditary, insulin resistance and inflammation have been linked to excess production of male hormones called androgens, which results in the condition.

The symptoms of PCOD include absence or irregularity of menstrual cycle in adult women, cysts in the ovaries, excessive hair growth on the face, chest, abdomen and toes, acne, oily skin, dandruff and hair fall. Women often have trouble in conceiving in this condition. Around 80 percent of women with PCOD suffer from overweight and obesity.

Getting pregnant for those suffering from PCOD may be challenging because their body do not produce the hormones necessary for regular ovulation. Having PCOD also does increase the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery. But, it is quite possible for women with PCOD to experience normal pregnancies by following a healthy lifestyle and with efficient medical care alongside.

A healthier lifestyle is the first step to manage PCOD. This starts with a balanced diet, regular workout regime and gaining ideal weight. Eating healthy food at regular intervals can avoid fluctuation in blood glucose levels. A diet low in carbohydrates and sugars can even reverse the insulin imbalance caused by PCOD. Patients should also control their caffeine intake as it can cause an increase in insulin production.

Regular exercise is very important in managing PCOD. It could be walking, cycling, aerobics, yoga or any exercise of your choice. Regular physical activity will boost metabolism and burn calories. This will control insulin levels and in turn, result in weight loss. Weight loss can help to regulate your cycle, improve the frequency of ovulation, lower androgen levels and thereby improve your fertility.

Health is also about having a good relationship with your mind and body.

PCOD can cause anxiety, depression, mood swings and can take a toll on the emotional wellbeing. It is necessary to relax your mind and body. It can be achieved by indulging in activities that you really enjoy. Taking support from family and friends and having time for yourself is also essential for your healing.

PCOD is a very common problem today. It can be managed well by potent health care. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment will help those with the condition lead a normal life.

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