What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ) is more common than that name suggests. You’ll be surprised to know that 1 out of 10 women is affected by this disease. Girls as young as 11 are prone to it. And the worst part is, they probably aren’t even aware of it.
PCOD is a much-disguised disorder, meaning its symptoms are so common that women tend to ignore them as temporary hiccups, until they become an unavoidable problem. Technically speaking, PCOD is the presence of several cysts on enlarged ovaries, caused by hormonal changes. The immediate effect is problems in the menstrual cycle, which in turn affect your skin and health. But in the long run, it leads to infertility.
Now, the most important question – what causes this PCOD?
Sadly, there is no definite answer to that. It can only be traced to hormonal changes. And it’s hereditary – meaning a woman is a lot likely to have it if her mother or sister does.
Sudden, frequent lifestyle changes lead to these hormonal imbalances. So what happens is that these changes result in excess secretion of male hormones, rendering female hormones out of balance. This imbalance is bound to surface some way or the other. More than needed secretion makes the ovaries larger than they should be and result in formations of numerous cysts in them.
This abnormality causes irregularity in the menstrual cycle – too long or too short gaps between two cycles, heavy flow – requiring the need of medications to normalize them. And thus, infertility.
As I mentioned before, it starts with a small hiccup – that you won’t even notice – and gradually turns into a huge problem. A problem a lot of women are facing in today’s world. A problem that is caused by a hectic lifestyle, and is hard to control because of a hectic lifestyle.
Next important question – how to cure it?
Again, only treated and controlled, it doesn’t really have a cure. Because it is not actually a disease, to begin with. It is a disorder, which at the most, can be stabilized and further complications can be prevented.
There are well-established medical procedures to deal with it – ranging from various medication to surgeries. But there are also some homely tricks that work well – if not to the same extent.
Look into your kitchen and you will find some top notch medics there.
Drinking 1tsp ground flax seeds (alsi) in a glass of water before meals for at least 2 months is one of the home remedies. Flax seeds stop the male hormone from creating, thus limiting their ratio to the female hormones and bringing balance.
With the same method of consumption as the flax seeds, cinnamon powder can also do the job for you. It brings regularity to the menstrual cycle.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (magical potion, I say!) – Consumed the same way will also work. And is a great remedy for diabetic people – as it works brilliantly in reducing insulin produced by the body and controls sugar. Make sure it is in its purest form, unadulterated and you can definitely decide the quantity of consumption depending on how strong you can take it.
Fenugreek (methi) is another famous remedy. It accelerates metabolism, which regulates hormones, and also reduces insulin resistance. 1tsp of soaked fenugreek seeds with honey before meals – and you are good.
You must check out more about POCS Diet!
Ultimately, it gets down to eating right. Eating a healthy diet, curbing down on the heavily processed fast food does make a difference – however clichéd that may sound. And so does losing weight. Again, it won’t be easy, as abnormal weight gain is a symptom of PCOD, but any effort towards health won’t be wasted.