Are PCOD & PCOS different
PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) or the Stein-Leventhal syndrome refer to the same disease which is not new to Indian women. Nearly 18% of Indian women and over 30% of Indian girls are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome pcos which leads to infertility apart from hormonal imbalances.
Patients suffering from the ovary syndrome have multiple small cysts in their ovaries. These cysts occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted. The ovary is enlarged; and produces excessive amounts of androgen and estrogenic hormones. This excess, along with the absence of ovulation, may cause infertility.
Some of the symptoms are abnormal menstruation, absence of menstruation, heavy menstruation, irregular menstruation, short and light menstruation, or spotting. Weight gain, acne or oily skin, depression, inappropriate male features, loss of scalp hair, or unwanted hair.
PCOD & Mental illness
Past research has suggested that women with PCOD syndrome are at greater risk for mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression
As per principal investigator Dr. Elisabet Stener-Victorin, of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Estimates suggest that as many as 5 million women of reproductive age in the US have PCOS.
It is well established that female offspring of women with PCOS are more likely to develop the condition themselves. And it is not just the female offspring who are affected; the sons of women with PCOS tend to have a greater risk for obesity and diabetes, which are also complications of PCOS.
In addition, Dr. Stener-Victorin notes that 60% of women with PCOS have at least one mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder, and they are also at greater risk for suicide.
Can PCOD be treated?
PCOD can be treated, some of the conventional treatments include –
- Birth control pills to regulate menstruation
- Insulin-sensitizing medications
- Ovulation induction to treat infertility
- Androgen-blocking medications
But the above treatments largely induce side effects. Alternate methods don’t.
Alternate methods of treating PCOD
Yoga to the rescue for PCOD
Yoga has been a highly successful treatment method for PCOD. Some of the highly-recommended poses by our yoga practitioner Vaishanvi, specialised in yoga therapy to be followed are –
A set of 12 powerful yoga asanas (postures) that provide a good cardiovascular workout in the form of Surya Namaskar.
Literally translated to sun salutation, these postures are a good way to keep the body in shape and the mind calm and healthy. Surya Namaskar is best done early morning on an empty stomach.
Bound Angle Pose or Cobbler Pose after the typical sitting position of Indian cobblers when they work is an asana. From sitting position with both the legs outstretched forward, hands by the sides, palms resting on the ground, fingers together pointing forward, the legs are hinged at the knees so the soles of the feet meet.
The legs are grasped at the ankles and folded more until the heels reach the perineum. The knees remain on the ground, the body erect and the gaze in front. The asana is held before coming back to the starting position. The thighs are stretched with care.
This yoga posture is performed sitting and is a forward bend.
Spread the legs as wide that it still feels comfortable. Press the legs against the ground and let the feet lie relaxed on the floor.
As a variation, the hips can be bent forward, whereby the posture of the arms can be kept or placed freely in different directions
This asana is practiced in four stages:
- In the first stage, stretch your legs straight and swings the upper part of their body back and forth. With each swing, you need to try to reach further with your hands, touching your knees, calves, ankles, and finally your toes.
- In the second stage, bend forward to touch your knees with your hands.
- From the second stage above, you need to reach further to touch your toes with your hands.
- From the third stage, you would need to try to place your elbows at the side of your knees, and touch your knees with either your nose or your forehead.
- This is also called Bow Pose. First you would need to lie down on your chest, then grasp your feet to lift the leg and chest to form a bow.
Remain in this position for some time and then return to the previous position.
Supta Baddha Konasana
Supta Baddha Konasana also known as Reclined Cobbler’s Pose, is a deeply relaxing yoga position that requires flexibility in the hips and the legs, particularly the muscles of the inner thighs and groin.
Ayurveda: another alternate
Our practitioner Dr Shubhamangala, follower of classical Ayurveda and practising for the last 20+ years: Ayurveda says improper food, diet plans and lifestyle are the main causes for this condition. PCOD incidents are on the rise because we are going away from the nature. Natural food and lifestyle with stress free mind will prevent this condition.
Ayurveda says human body is made of channels (srotas). When there are blockages due to intake of excessive curd, cheese which are heavy to digest coupled with sedentary lifestyle and stress these conditions could occur.
If PCOD is in the initial stage one can follow food and lifestyle changes. Intake of cumin, asafoetida, garlic and ginger which increase the digestive fire (agni) will help in reducing the symptoms. Exercise which concentrates on pelvic area must be part of the daily routine. Meditation will help in overcoming the stress.
PCOD Diet Plan for Vegetarians
For women suffering from PCOD, food and meal plan is their medicines and the grocery stores, supermarkets and farmers market like their pharmacies.
PCOS meal and exercise are important parts of managing PCOS. This is because young women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin (a hormone) in their blood, and hence have issues with maintaining a healthy weight. The right diet plan and what foods to eat and what not can help you manage and improve the way you feel, besides helps in weight loss. Eating well (pcos meal panning), staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight can improve PCOS symptoms.
Basically a colorful mix of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis ensures that you get a good nourishment of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements to balance our insulin, hormones and boost our energy.
The following is a healthy PCOS food list that can be included as part of your meal plan in the daily diet.
- Green Leafy Vegetables (lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, beet greens, dandelions, basil, parsley are some of them)
- Coloured Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Bell Peppers, and Eggplant)
- Fruits (Berries, apricots, peaches, plums)
- Nuts and seeds (Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, flax, chia, and hemp seeds)
On the other spectrum avoid foods which promote the meta-inflammation that leads to endocrine disruption, weight gain, and increased cardiovascular risks, among other undesirable effects.
Above information courtesy PCOS Diva
How Pranic healing can help in PCOD?
As per our pranic healing practitioner Priya Ananth, The pranic healing practitioner will typically work on a person suffering from PCOD by regulating the function of the sacral, ajna and sometimes even the throat chakras through methods like breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation techniques. Certain diet and exercise regime is also recommended by the practitioner. The chakra functions are supported at multiple levels both physically and physiologically.
Pranic psychotherapy is also done for better results. By working on one chakra, we also affect the entire chakra system’s balance emotionally, and spiritually.
PCOD and Acupuncture
In traditional Chinese medicine, PCOD is defined as a kidney deficiency disease. In Chinese medicine, absence of ovulation and irregular or absent menstrual cycle is considered a genetic disorder caused due to the kidney and hence root cause of PCOD. Patients with PCOD have “yin” deficiency and high testosterone that is “yang”. When “chi” is deficient in kidneys, transforming fluids become impaired which causes the fluids to be damp and phlegm and these result in cysts. Sufficient blood flow is also not produced which result in infertility, heat patterns produced resulting in hot flashes, night sweat etc which are symptoms of menopause. Acupuncture treatments are done using needling certain points which nourishes the kidney “yin”, regulates and opens Chong vessels and aids in conception, tonify spleen and resolve dampness and phlegm and also move blood stagnation.
PCOD and Getting Pregnant
There are ways to boost ovulation and maximise your chances of conception.
Losing weight may help you. Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, but putting on weight is also a symptom of PCOS.
Dr Beckett who’s also a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says: “It’s a complex picture as not every woman with PCOS is overweight. If you don’t have the insulin resistant type of PCOS you may be slim already so losing weight won’t help you get pregnant.”
Having a healthy body mass index (BMI) can help to balance your hormone levels, reduce the high insulin level that very often occurs in PCOS and help you ovulate.
“The heavier a woman gets the worse the hormone imbalance becomes and the more this is able to affect the ovaries.”
“Weight loss and exercise is vital to dealing with PCOS. The key is to get down the circulating insulin levels in your body.” Women with PCOS are more likely to have problems balancing blood sugar and can become insulin resistant. This causes your pancreas to release more insulin, which in turn targets your ovaries to produce more testosterone.”
Her overall advice for those women with PCOS is: “Having a good diet plan, regular exercise, control stress and take key nutrients to help get your hormones back in balance and reduce the negative symptoms associated with PCOS, along with lose weight.”
How to explain PCOD to your husband
Living with PCOS, there will be days where a woman may feel angry, sad or unattractive –love and support are the most valuable help a partner can give.
It is thus important that you make your partner understand what you are going through and get his support. The most important thing to ensure that this illness does not rule you is a healthy lifestyle, keep active and eat properly. And for these if you have your partners support it becomes easier to implement and less stressful. The ideal situation would be for both to stay active together and make it a lifestyle choice.
Wife to husband –
“I don’t need you to hide part of you or your life from me to make my diet easier – but please don’t eat treats every day!
Talk to me about the things you find hard – maybe my way of dealing with a particular issue is not the best way – maybe we can come up with a better way together?!”
We would love to hear how you have been managing PCOD or know of any close ones who has been dealing with the same. Your story could help someone dealing with the same issues.
If you need more information, or looking for managing PCOS without the side effects of medicine through any healing modality, you can contact us at 8050003237 / 9740773237