What is PCOD?? PCOD is a condition where a woman doesn’t ovulate because the body is producing excess androgens and there is infertility. Androgens are a group of hormones that include testosterone, DHEA-S and androstenedione. They are responsible for most PCOS symptoms, including infertility, acne, hirsutism, and male pattern balding. A blood test is needed to check the exact amounts present in the blood stream. Even a slight raised ratio in blood is an indicator to PCOS.
How can one detect whether the person is having PCOS or not?
- Sign of high androgens in blood
- Irregular menstrual cycle.
- Cysts in ovaries
- Weight gain
Usually PCOD needs a holistic approach in terms of diet, exercise, medications, yoga.
Diet: Diet of PCOD individuals usually lacks in proteins, Zinc, inositol, Vitamin D, omega-3. Correcting the diet and adding these important components to the diet may help individuals with the symptoms.
Exercise: Exercising and moving around rather then sedentary lifestyle helps to improve insulin sensitivity and helps with visceral fat.
Medications: Medications do come with their side-effects but in few case, medications are necessary to control the symptoms.
Yoga & Meditation: PCOD leads to anxiety & stress. Different Asanas of yoga have benefits for specific part of the body e.g; bhujangasana positively affects the ovaries and the uterus. While meditation helps to soothe the mind and de-stress the nerves.
Once PCOD subsides there would be reduction in mood swings, negative self & body image issue.
A Holistic lifestyle approach will help overcome the symptoms of PCOD.