What is PCOD?
All women have two ovaries that release an egg alternately every month. The ovaries produce male hormones (androgens) in minute quantities. PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) is a condition where the ovaries release a lot of immature or partially-mature eggs which eventually turn into cysts. This type of cysts may be multiple also in the ovaries. The size of the ovary is enlarged and leads to excessive production of estrogen and androgen hormones. Causes of the PCOD are excess insulin, low-grade inflammation, more production of male hormones, and genetics.
Some of the common symptoms are giving below and the best treatment for PCOD often looks at reducing the severity of such symptoms.
Symptoms of PCOD:
Some common symptoms of PCOD are
- Heavy bleeding.
- Irregular periods, occurring every 2 to 3 months
- Unusual body and facial hair growth
- Stubborn acne that refuses to heal with the usual treatments.
- Uncontrolled weight gain around the waist area.
- Pigmentation or darkening of the skin around the neck region.
- Male – pattern baldness.
What is PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a major ailment in young women in India. It is due to ovaries produce higher levels of androgen than usual, which interferes with the development and release of the eggs. Some of the eggs transform cysts that are the limited sacs full of liquid. Rather than being discharged throughout biological process, these cysts build up within the ovaries and occasionally even get enlarged.
Difference between PCOD and PCOS
Now a day, PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) is common in young women at the age of 18 to 45 years. It happens due to more secretion of androgens or male hormones. These hormones are converted into cysts. PCOS is the hormone imbalance due to the endocrine system.
Nature of the condition:
PCOS is a serious condition because of hormonal change. PCOD is not considered to be truly a disease since with the right diet and exercise, it can be managed. On the other hand, PCOS is a metabolic disorder due to the endocrine system.
1. Reasons of PCOD:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a disorder of the endocrine system, while PCOD is a condition developed by the imbalance of hormones. It is believed that hormonal imbalances, lifestyle change, and genetics play an essential role in both conditions. The theory is that high levels of male hormones prevent ovaries from producing hormones and producing eggs normally. Insulin resistance and inflammation have also been linked to excess androgen production.
2. Occurrence of PCOD:
PCOD is more common in comparison. Almost one-third of women around the globe suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Disease. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has a lower number of patients.
3. Impact of PCOD & PCOS on pregnancy:
Polycystic Ovarian Disease does not lead to infertility in all women and shouldn’t be considered an obstacle towards pregnancy. In about 80 percent of cases, women can possibly conceive with a little aid and experience a smooth pregnancy. For women with PCOS, conception can be a challenge due to the hormonal irregularities. To conceive, one ought to have balanced secretion cycles that may produce associate degree atmosphere for the egg cell to unleash and infuse with the spermatozoon post-intercourse. Since the levels of androgens in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are very high, if one falls under the syndrome, conception can become a bit of a challenge.
Maintaining good health is essential to prevent as well as treat hormonal disturbances and conditions. The best treatment for PCOS and PCOD will include timely diagnosis and the appropriate steps that can help overcome the syndrome and make the journey towards conception a success.
Naturopathy Treatment of PCOD:
- Hip Bath
- Mud pack on the abdomen and lower abdomen
- Hot and cold fomentation, Steam Bath, Enema
- Asanas – Shalabhasanas, Manduk Asanas, Pavanmuktasanas
- Pranayam – Anulom vilom, Kapalbhati, Ujjayi Pranayam, deep breathing, yoga or start any light exercise.
- Morning walk is very effective
- Sprouted food
- Use seasonable vegetables & Fruits and vegetable juice
- Low fat and high protein diet.
- High Nutritional and anti-oxidant diet.
Note: Before taking the treatment consults with the Naturopathy Doctor