Usually caused by a hormonal imbalance, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a common occurrence in women nowadays. In the case of PCOS, the ovaries start to produce male hormones instead of the normal progesterone needed for the production of eggs.
In addition to disturbing regular menstrual cycles, the excess male hormones would eventually stop the eggs from fully developing or leaving the ovaries afterwards. These undeveloped and unmovable eggs develop into cysts that can be seen clearly outside the ovaries during an ultrasound examination.
Ways To Overcome Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
If left untreated, PCOS can lead to several other disorders in the long run, with the worst case scenario being infertility. However, there are plenty of remedies for the issue, both on the natural and medicinal fronts. And here are some of the more common remedies for PCOS.
A few quick changes to your existing lifestyle can go a long way in protecting you from PCOS and its after effects. Accordingly, you need to opt for:
In most cases, PCOS is caused by insulin resistance wherein the body does not reciprocate or absorb insulin. This can be thwarted by opting for a low carbohydrate diet that provides the body with the energy it needs while limiting excess carbohydrates that can cause obesity, diabetes and PCOS etc. in the long run.
Opt for foods that have low glycemic index values. Cut down on carbohydrates, sugary foods while increasing your intake of proteins (in the form of lean meats, fish, nuts etc.) and low fat dairy products. Alternatively, you can opt for foods that contain fewer amounts of animal hormones (red meat, poultry, or dairy products) and more amounts of plant hormones (nuts, legumes, fruits, nuts and vegetables etc.).
Stress is a major contributor to PCOS as well as one of the most common side effects of the condition as well. Stress can cause the ovaries to cease functioning or can cause irregularities in the same. To overcome this, you would need to opt for exercises and techniques that can calm your senses effectively.
Accordingly, you can opt for relaxation techniques, yoga or deep breathing exercises to avoid stress and PCOS. Alternatively, you can also opt for counseling sessions that help calm you down.
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Certain herbs have profound influences on the hormonal levels in the body and can act on the same. In addition to treating PCOS effectively, these herbs can also regularize the blood sugar levels in the body and improve fertility.
Accordingly, some of the more common herbs used for treating PCOS include chasteberry (increases progesterone levels and regulates androgen levels) and brindall berries (regulates carbohydrate metabolism and improves insulin resistance).
Low levels of certain vitamins and nutrients can also cause PCOS in women. In order to avoid this, it is considered best to opt for multivitamin supplements that provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to remain healthy and fight off conditions like PCOS in the process.
Some of the more common supplements that are prescribed for PCOS include chromium (improves insulin resistance), zinc (regularizes blood sugar), B-Vitamin (regulates energy production and treats hormonal imbalance), magnesium (regularizes blood sugar levels) and co-enzyme Q10 (increases carbohydrate metabolism).
PCOS can also be treated by regular medical treatments. The treatments would vary depending on the seriousness of the condition. Here are some of the more common remedies for the same.
In most cases, women with PCOS are prescribed pills or drugs that stimulate ovulation and help the ovaries to release the egg. And Clomid happens to be one of the most popular drugs in this category. Taken orally, the drug induces regular ovulation and needs to be taken consistently for a period of 6 cycles after which it needs to be stopped.
In certain cases, Clomid is prescribed along with another drug called Metformin which is usually used to treat diabetes and its associated symptoms. Metformin along with Clomid would help regulate insulin resistance in the body, thus taking care of PCOS in the long run.
Some women are prescribed Gonadotropin injections to treat PCOS. Usually prescribed in cases where the pills don’t work, these injections would increase the FSH levels in the body and hence promote normal ovulation. Usually administered on the buttocks or the abdomen, the injections are strictly followed for a period of 14 days at the end of which a human chronic gonadotropin (HCG) injection is administered and which would stimulate ovulation within the next three days.
In extremely rare and very serious concerns, the person in question would have to undergo surgery in order to treat PCOS. And ovarian drilling is one of the most common methods adopted for the same. The procedure involves making cutting away a part of the ovary in order to curb the production of androgens.
Even though ovarian drilling can reduce the effects of PCOS, it can cause a series of side effects like infertility and pelvic scarring. And that is why this particular remedy is chosen only after all the other remedies fail.
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