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PCOS
About Disease

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disease that causes hormonal imbalance. In other words we can say that it gives you higher level of sex hormones and insulin accompanied by the consecutive symptoms.

Women with PCOS start to notice the symptoms in their late teens or twenties. Patient may occupy the following symptoms –

  • Absent or irregular periods due to the imbalance of hormones
  • ‘Sub fertility’ as  patient  need to ovulate to become pregnant and some women with PCOS don’t ovulate regularly or not at all
  • Acne which lasts longer than the normal teenage years- this happens if patient  produce too much testosterone
  • Obesity or weight gain
  • Insulin resistance – a higher amount of insulin in patient’s  body
  • Alopecia (hair thinning) particularly at the top of your head and on your temples if you produce too much testosterone
  • Women with PCOS tend to have a higher risk of developing diabetesIt’s common to have partial PCOS. Persistent acne, unwanted hair as alopecia can be signs of PCOS but can frequently occur in women without PCOS.PCOS is less likely if:
  • You are of normal weight or no more than twenty-five pounds over your normal weight.
    Periods are regular.
  • Testosterone is low or mid- normal.
  • You have alopecia but no acne or hirsutism.
  • Acne and/or hirsutism are mild.
  • Your ultrasound showed normal ovaries.
  • You have no family history of diabetes.Although none of these criteria are absolute if several of them are fit, it’s reasonable to question the diagnosis of PCOS.

Symptoms

‘Polycystic ovary syndrome’ signs and symptoms often begin right after a woman starts menstruating (menarche). In some cases, PCOS develops later during the reproductive years, for instance, in response to substantial weight gain. With reference to the deep research by Aimil Healthcare and Research Centre, we found certain major symptoms of PCOS which are as follows:

  • Irregular periods. This is the most common characteristic. Examples include menstrual intervals longer than 35 days, fewer than eight menstrual cycles a year, failure to menstruate for four months or longer and prolonged periods that may be scant or heavy.
  • Excess androgen. Elevated levels of male hormones (androgens) may result in physical signs such as excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), adult acne or severe adolescent acne and male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).
  • Polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the egg.
Investigations

At Aimil healthcare and Research Centre, there are several ways to confirm PCOS which are as follows:

 

  1. Typical symptoms-: Typical symptoms such as menstrual disturbance, hyper insulinaemia or insulin resistance, hair and skin problems and obesity indicate towards PCOS
  2. Laboratory testing-: Blood test measures the level of female hormones so that a diagnosis of PCOS can be made.
  3. Ultrasound scan- Transvaginal ultrasound is advised to diagnose PCOS by looking for slight enlargement of the ovaries.

Management
Treatment

At Aimil Healthcare and Research Centre, Polycystic ovary syndrome treatment generally focuses on management of your individual main concerns such as infertility, hirsutism, acne or obesity. As a first step, Ayurvedic physicians at Aimil Healthcare and Research Centre may recommend weight loss through a low-calorie diet combined with moderate exercise activities.

Aimil Healthcare and Research centre aims to provide best treatment to resolve polycystic ovary syndrome with the help of specialised treatments with Ayurveda principles.

Dietary Advice

To increase metabolism of the body, Aimil Healthcare and Research Centre suggests healthy and nutritional diet for PCOS patients. A diet for patients with PCOS includes fresh food and vegetables. Also, the Ayurveda experts recommend intake of fresh fruits such as peaches, pears, plums as well as dried fruits such as dates, figs and raisins. It is also recommended to avoid spicy food and fermented food.

Physical Activities

According to the profound research of Ayurvedic Physicians at Aimil Healthcare and Research Centre, lifestyle modification, increased in physical activity, is the first-line approach in managing PCOS. It is also observed that women with PCOS showed higher severity of depression and anxiety. Being more active, they can offer mental health benefits in managing PCOS. Prescribing physical activity to women with PCOS should be individualized and women should be motivated for successful results.

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