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Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for PCOS

Reasons Why Yoga is Beneficial for PCOS

by: Dr. Monika Chaudhary
Attending Consultant, Gynecology

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. In PCOS, small cysts form in the ovaries which affect the hormones and disrupt the normal menstrual cycle. PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it is left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues.  There are various symptoms of PCOS such as irregular periods, acne, weight gain, extra hair on the body and face and trouble in getting pregnant. Diagnosis can be made on the basis of the symptoms and lab tests. When the patient is diagnosed with the PCOS it is then important to get the treatment done in order to get rid of the disease. When it comes to the treatment then the patient can go for the two spectrums of the treatment that is the medicinal treatment in which doctors prescribe birth control pills to reduce the symptoms, Metformin to get the regular periods and fertility treatment for those who are trying to get pregnant. The other spectrum is the lifestyle change in which you can follow the strict nutritional diet, regular exercise and yoga regime. The relaxing and rejuvenating power of yoga helps a lot in tackling the symptoms and problems caused by PCOS.

BENEFITS OF YOGA IN PCOS:

Yoga needs no introduction, how useful it is for overall health and wellbeing. It reduces the stress, weight and relaxes the body. It can also be practised as a supplemental exercise for women suffering from PCOS in order to manage the symptoms in an effective manner.

  • Yoga improves Fertility: Yet another symptom of PCOS has reduced fertility because of imbalances the hormones. Yoga poses helps to enhance blood supply to the brain which in turn facilitates to restore hormonal balance. Certain poses also stimulate the functions of the thyroid gland and increases the chances of conception.
  • Yoga helps in weight Loss: The major symptom of the PCOS is the weight gain. Yoga helps in reducing the weight through burning the calorie by boosting up the metabolism.
  • Yoga Relaxes the Body: Yoga relieves the stress by relaxing the body. Stress has severe negative impact on PCOS, and it is necessary to relax the mind in order to keep cortisol levels under control. High cortisol levels show itself in the form of testosterone which, in turn, promotes weight gain. The soothing and calming effect of yoga helps to alleviate stress and reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body.

 

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