Overcoming PCOS The Natural Way: What Your OB Gyno Might Not Be Telling You
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. The direct translation of polycystic is ‘many cysts’since small fluid-filled cystic-like sacs are in abundance. These sacs are follicles, each containing one immature egg that can never trigger ovulation. That is why women with PCOS usually suffer irregular periods among other things. There is no exact cause of PCOS but a lot of factors may help it progress to Type II Diabetes or heart disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can help it from going that far.
Symptoms Of PCOS
There are many signs of this syndrome and most of them disturb us women in doing normal activities. Consulting an OB-Gyn and undergoing non-evasive medical procedures when these symptoms arise is the best way to detect PCOS.
- Irregular periods or no periods at all – A lack of ovulation prevents the uterine lining from shedding every month.
- Difficulty getting pregnant – women cannot get pregnant with the lack of immature egg and a proper ovulation
- excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – this is most observed in the face, chest, back or buttocks –
- Oily skin or acne – Male hormones can make the skin oilier than usual and cause breakouts on areas like the face, chest, and upper back.
- weight gain – PCOS makes the body insulin resistant, which forces the pancreas to produce more insulin that might lead to drastic weight gain
- thinning hair and hair loss – another part of the body can have a rapid growth of hair but the hair on head tends to get thinner
Common Treatment of PCOS
Prescription pills and drugs are usually a trend to the OB-Gyn. Once a woman is diagnosed with PCOS, almost all professionals would suggest taking a pill to help regulate and balance the hormones. These pills also claim to achieve a more bearable period to those women who suffer crippling menstrual cramps. Some OB-Gyn would even convince us that no PCOS gets better without the help of any drug. Some of the physicians’ affiliations to drug companies may influence them to give these kinds of prescriptions. The most common drugs they prescribe are Metformin, birth control pills, and clomiphene. Metformin is a drug that helps treat Type 2 diabetes. It also treats PCOS by improving insulin levels. Birth control pills aid in restoring the hormonal balance. Clomiphene is a fertility drug that can help women with PCOS get pregnant.
The Natural Way
Polycystic may sound like a complex syndrome, but it really is not. Always keep in mind that this can be fixed by a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet. Since PCOS makes our body resistant to insulin, it is better to maintain a low-carbohydrate diet. Carbohydrates, especially simple, refined carbohydrates, spark the production of insulin, encouraging the body to release it. Also practice to skip all those sugary foods and beverages, and eat more greens. The added sugar found in sodas, chocolates, and processed food can also spike our insulin level. Keeping an active lifestyle also helps, even a three-hour exercise per week helps in a magnitude way. The study shows that a regular exercise improves ovulation, reduces insulin resistance up to 30%, and greater weight loss up to 10%.
PCOS Healthy Tips
- Stick to meal times – skipping meals, especially breakfast is a definite no. Eating meals on time, with a big breakfast and small supper help balance out the hormones associated with PCOS.
- Get your good fat – some healthy fats include oily fish, avocados, olive oil and unsalted nuts and seeds.
- Load up on protein – good protein sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, beans, and some dairy products
- Stress – reducing chronic stress can also aid in maintaining the hormone balance
- Supplements – Studies show that certain supplements may help ease the symptoms of PCOS, especially in women who have low levels of those nutrients.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has no cure and there is definitely no magic pill that instantly makes the symptoms go away. Maintaining a balanced diet and keeping an active life is better than putting our fate to prescribed pills and drugs. Having a good support system also helps keep a more positive outlook on life, despite the many struggles PCOS is capable of bringing into our lives.
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