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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome [PCOS , PCOD]

Introduction

Polycystic ovaries, means that the ovaries develop more follicles than normal every month. Usually about five follicles start to mature during each menstrual cycle and at least one egg-containing follicle releases a mature egg at ovulation. But a polycystic ovary starts maturing at least twice as many follicles than normal, most of which enlarge and ripen but do not release an egg. It is estimated that between 22 and 33 per cent of women have polycystic ovaries. Some women go on to develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which means they have other symptoms in addition to polycystic ovaries. Other names for this syndrome include polycystic ovary disease (PCOD), functional ovarian hyperandrogenism, Stein-Leventhal syndrome (original name, not used in modern literature), ovarian hyperthecosis and sclerocystic ovary syndrome

Probable Causes as per modern Life

The real cause is still unknown to experts. However, research indicates that the root of the problem is most probably resistance to the hormone insulin, which means you need more insulin than usual to regulate the levels of sugar in the body. The extra insulin causes an imbalance in the hormones that usually make your menstrual cycle run smoothly. Too much luteinising hormone (LH) is produced compared to follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which in turn causes the follicles on the ovaries to produce more of the male hormone testosterone than the female hormone oestrogen. The adrenal glands start to produce increased amounts of testosterone as well. Too much testosterone prevents ovulation, along with other symptoms related to the syndrome. Oestrogen is still produced but, because the follicles never get to the point of maturity when progesterone production starts to increase, women with PCOS can be deficient in progesterone. PCOS may be hereditary as well. Studies show that women with a family history of polycystic ovaries are 50 per cent more likely to develop PCOS. SYMPTOMS Irregular, non-existent or infrequent periods within three or four years of starting to menstruate. Light or very heavy bleeding during your period Weight gain Excessive hair growth to varying degrees on your face, chest and lower abdomen Mild to moderate abdominal discomfort during periods Acne Excessive skin growth on your neck or in your armpit, also called as skin tags. Bone pain (Arthralgia) and Hair loss (Alopecia), Thinning of Hair. Constipation, indigestion, flatulence

Ovarian Cyst and Cancer Evaluation

Many times in a grown cyst, doctors may order for blood test like CA125, CA15 etc to rule out the cyst turning cancerous. Once found thy may advise to do biopsy of the cyst by taking a sample by laparoscopy or even suggest to do complete hysterectomy . Remember there is no diect evidence that these markers are definitive and hence one must not haste in going for invasive procedures as once done they are non reversible. I have found many ovaries go bust after these procedures. Though i am not generalising this, on must take 2-3 opinions before going ahead unless the diagnosis is definitive. You can try the remedies mentioned below for few weeks to see if there are improvements or consult a good Ayurveda physician to see if this can be reversed naturally. However do exercise all options with proper research and carer.

Symptoms of PCOD
SECONDRY DISORDERS DEVELOPING DUE TO PCOS

  • High blood pressure Dyslipidemia (high level of blood cholesterol , trigylecrides)
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infertilty and Miscarriage
  • Thyroid disorders

Ovarian Cyst and Cancer Evaluation
Many times in a grown cyst, doctors may order for blood test like CA125, CA15 etc to rule out the cyst turning cancerous. Once found thy may advise to do biopsy of the cyst by taking a sample by laparoscopy or even suggest to do complete hysterectomy . Remember there is no diect evidence that these markers are definitive and hence one must not haste in going for invasive procedures as once done they are non reversible. I have found many ovaries go bust after these procedures. Though i am not generalising this, on must take 2-3 opinions before going ahead unless the diagnosis is definitive. You can try the remedies mentioned below for few weeks to see if there are improvements or consult a good Ayurveda physician to see if this can be reversed naturally. However do exercise all options with proper research and carer.

Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOD

Ayurveda Approach

Hormone therapy further depletes the already taxed Endocrinal system and puts it to sleep. The hormones that are meant to be naturally released by the body, now provided with artificial means pushes the body into lazy mode. The HRT treatment may provide excellent results period over a short but over time can lead to irreversible metabolic damage. For a good quality of life relief on following lines must be procured

Weight loss

Proper menstrual cycle, devoid of cramps, good menstrual flow.
Cure from prolonged menses , scanty menses, prolonged menstrual flow are common symptom in such disorder
Alleviation of symptoms like pre-menstrual swelling, hair loss, acne
Good mental health with freedom from irritability, mood swings, indecisiveness’
Promotion of fertility with production of healthy eggs and good uterine health

Following are some useful tips in terms of lifestyle covering attitude,food,activity,relaxation and sleep apart from using the medicines regularly as suggested by the doctor which help in a major way to alleviate this disorder.
Popular saying is prevention is better than cure.The tips are going to help in prevention as well as corrective for the patients already suffering with PCOD.
1)Please drink 3-4 liters of water daily stored in copper vessel.

2)Visit toilet regularly after drinking the water.

3)Practice pranayama for 15minutes,daily activity like walking/cycling/skipping/swimming/yoga/suryanamaskaras.

4)Take timely nutrious food like breakfast,lunch and dinner.

5)Consume40%raw food like fruits,vegetables,salads,soups,sprouts,juices,tender coconut water,fresh buttermilk,barley water.

6)Spend only on fruits(Phalopavasa)for 24hours every week which cleans your system throughly.

7)Take through bath 2times a day using a natural body scrub and stimulating all parts of the body which improves the blood circulation and reduces the disease process.

8)Try to sleep for 6-7 hours(preferably between 11:00P.M and 6:00A.M).
9)Minimize the usage of electronic gadgets.
10)Idiotbox(T.V)+dining table is a dangerous combo.