What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder in which the levels of a woman’s sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are not in proper balance. This affects menstrual cycle and result in infertility among women dealing with this condition. PCOS can also cause unwanted changes in physical appearance. In the event of lack of treatment, it can cause severe health issues, like heart disease and diabetes with the passage of time.
Mainly the women with this syndrome develop many small cysts in their ovaries. That is the reason that it is known as polycystic ovary syndrome. Though the cysts are harmless but they result in hormonal imbalances.
However, timely diagnosis and cure can help control the symptoms and avert long-term issues.
Signs and Symptoms :
Normally the symptoms of PCOS start appearing around the time of first menstrual period during puberty. The type and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. The most common sign of PCOS is irregular, infrequent or prolonged menstrual cycles. A lot of women who have PCOS have difficulty getting pregnant.
As PCOS is characterized by a drop in female sex hormones, this disorder can result in developing some masculine characteristics among women, which includes extra facial hair, stomach, chest, thumbs or toes. Generally the women get thicker and darker hair on the face and more hair on the belly, chest, and back. Apart from it, decrease in breast size; deeper voice and hair loss are also some of the most common signs of this syndrome.
Other than that some other symptoms of PCOS may include:
- Excessive weight gain and problem in losing weight
- Thinning hair on the scalp
What causes PCOS?
The exact cause of PCOS is not properly known, but genetics can be a major factor. It has been noticed that PCOS generally run in families, so your chance of getting it is higher if any other women in your family have it or have irregular periods or diabetes. This disorder can be passed down from either your mother’s or father’s side. Other than that excess insulin can also be considered as a potential cause. Excess insulin can increase the production of androgen, thus causing trouble with ovulation.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There is no test to definitely diagnose PCOS, however, your doctor may:
- Ask you questions regarding your past health, symptoms, and menstrual cycles.
- Do a physical exam ton check for signs of PCOS, like high blood pressure, acne and extra body hair.
- Carried many lab tests to check your blood sugar, insulin, and other hormone levels.
- Do a pelvic exam to look for cysts on your ovaries. Though in some cases your doctor can tell you that you have PCOS without an ultrasound, but this test will enable him or her to exclude other problems.
How is PCOS treated?
Polycystic ovary syndrome can be treated, but there’s no cure. The treatment can differ from woman to woman, depending on specific symptoms. Making some lifestyle changes such as doing some regular exercise, eating healthy foods, and weight control are the main treatments for PCOS. Treatment can lessen unpleasant symptoms and help out to prevent long-term health issues. One should often try to fit in any moderate activity as well as any vigorous activity. Walking is the best exercise that the majority of people can do.
Eat heart-healthy diet. A healthy diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and whole grains. It helps to restrict foods that have high saturated fat, like meats, cheeses, and other fried foods.
Ask your doctor about medications that can help to overcome this disorder. Anti-androgens are drugs that help to reduce male hormone levels. These medicines can help stop excess hair growth and diminish acne. To lower testosterone and blood glucose levels, diabetes medications can also be prescribed.
It is very important to consult your doctor for follow-up to make sure that treatment is working and to make any changes if required.
Homeopathic Treatment for PCOS:
Homeopathy provides the best alternative in case of complementary treatments for PCOS. This is because of the fact that homeopathy mainly focuses on finding and treating the root cause of the problem. Actually homeopathy is based on the philosophy that disease is not based on the external causes of diseases, hence nature has perfectly enabled human body to keep itself disease free.
5 best homeopathic medicines for treatment of PCOS:
Given below are some of the most commonly used homeopathic medicines for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. However, there are many other medicines also available that can cure this problem.
- Apis Mellifica : it is one of the best homeopathic remedies for the treatment of PCOS with stinging pains.
- Sepia: sepia is one of the best homeopathic medicines for PCOS with bearing down pains from back and abdomen.
- Pulsatilla: in case of late or delayed and scanty menses, it is one of the best homeopathic medicines available.
- Graphites : it is one of the best homeopathic remedies in case if there is constipation accompanied by other symptoms.
- Lachesis: when there is aversion or intolerance to tight clothes, it is one of the best homeopathic medicines for PCOS.
The exact prescription of the right medicine depends on the individual symptoms of the patient. Thus, it should be best to consult any experienced homeopathic doctor.
Friends, as you all know very well that classical homeopathic medicines are prescribed only on the basis of TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS with a clear cut identification of disease in patient and patient in disease also, even then we are providing here just a few homeopathic medicines for different types of medical problems in a short way.
But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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