PCOD – All the answers to your why’sOctober 24, 2017 Posted by: Dr. Manoj 1,644 views
There’s one thing that unites 5-10% of women all across the globe.
Wondering what it is?
PCOD is a condition where the hormones of a woman are out of balance and result in an ovarian disorder. It results in issues with menstrual periods and also affects fertility of the woman.
How does it happen, you must be wondering?
A lot of women do not know if they have PCOD or don’t. Just like every other condition, this one too has its signature symptoms. After all, it is famous.
So to the answer to the ‘how’ is that, the ovaries make female sex hormones and yes, also tiny amounts of male sex hormones which are called Androgens. Do not take this the wrong way. It is balanced and not harmful. The balance of these two hormones regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries during all menstrual cycles.
When there is an imbalance in these hormones, it is related to PCOD. This condition indicates that your ovaries are making more of these Androgens rather than female sex hormones. This results in women to stop ovulating, they get pimples and there is growth of facial hair.
There are small sacs within the ovaries that contains the eggs. These sacs are called Follicles. Usually one or more than one eggs are released during each menstrual cycle. This process is called ovulation. Or so you already know. But when in the Polycystic Ovarian Disease what happens is that the eggs do not mature and are not released instead they stay in the ovaries and form very small cysts inside it. Therefore the name, Polycystic Disease.
Symptoms of PCOD:
The symptoms of PCOD vary from woman to woman but the core symptoms which appear due to PCOD is usually the same for all women.
Some of the symptoms are:
Skin Problems – An excessive affinity towards skin issues occurs in women with PCOD. Problems such as Acne increase significantly on the face due to the disease.
Trouble losing Weight and Weight Gain – Women with PCOD face issues with gaining weight as well as losing weight.
Extra Hair on the Face and body – Often women tend to get extra facial hair and also increase hair growth on the chest, belly and the back.
Receding Hairline – Thinning hair on the scalp occurs often due to PCOD.
Irregular Periods – According to some studies, women with PCOD get less than 9 periods a year and often women have no periods at all. There have also been cases where women have experienced heavy bleeding.
Infertility – Women with PCOD often face trouble in getting pregnant.
There are significant methods which works as a remedy for PCOD which have proven to reduce the symptoms.
Some of the remedies are:
Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has proven to reduce symptoms of PCOD. Research says that even 5% reduction in weight of a woman has proven helpful in the treatment.
All in all, PCOD is a disease, yes but it is not incurable. There are ways which can be adopted to reduce the symptoms and also cure the diseases.
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