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Can Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome be cured completely?

Can Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome be cured completely?

by: Dr. Bharti Minocha
Consultant, Gynecology

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries). PCOS can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiac function, and appearance. While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, it is believed that hormonal imbalances and genetics play a role. Women are more likely to develop PCOS if their mother or sister also has the condition.  Today in every 10 women 5 are at risk of suffering from PCOS. Over the last decade due to the sedentary lifestyle and the obesity issues PCOS has incidence has increased greatly.  Women should know that PCOS is a treatable health issue and requires early detection and timely management.

SYMPTOMS OF PCOS: 

  • Irregular or heavy periods.
  • Acne on the face, chest, stomach, thumbs, or toes
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Acne
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Deeper voice
  • Hair loss
  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility

If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, it is best that you consult a gynecologist or an endocrinologist at the earliest.

IS THERE A CURE FOR PCOS?

There is no cure yet, but there are many ways you can decrease or eliminate PCOS symptoms and feel better. There are different medicines that can treat symptoms such as irregular periods, acne, excess hair, and elevated blood sugar. Fertility treatments are available to help women get pregnant. Losing as little as 5% excess weight can help women ovulate more regularly and lessen other PCOS symptoms. The ideal way to do this is through nutrition and exercise.

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR PCOS:

  • Take a whole foods diet: Whole foods are foods sourced straight from the earth that have not been altered or compromised in any way. Opt for fresh vegetables, fruits and fresh produce.
  • Add supplements to your diet: Ensuring your body has the proper vitamins is vital to healing. Supplements will build up your immune system, restore energy levels, balance hormones and promote healthy blood flow. In particular, zinc, evening primrose oil, ashwagandha and a multivitamin are helpful.
  • Focus on iron rich food: There are also high levels of iron in many vegetables and plant-based foods, including spinach, kale, berries, lentils, chickpeas, and more. It is recommended to eat at least one vegetable a day that contains high levels of iron.
  • Eliminate processed food: Our bodies thrive on foods rich in nutrients, especially when managing disorders like PCOS. That means avoiding processed foods like white flour, corn syrup, processed meats, pasta, and other foods that may contain medium to high levels of sugar.
  • Change your exercise routine: It is very much important to get involved in physical activity to reduce the symptoms of PCOS. Also you need to enjoy whatever physical activity you are involved in.

 

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