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Herbal Treatment For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome herbal treatment and home remedies
Polycystic Ovaries

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder in women of reproductive age. It is a condition in which the levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance in the body. This causes the formation of benign masses on the ovaries called ovarian cysts. When seen during an ultrasound exam, women with PCOS, have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid located in each ovary. PCOS can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, cardiac function, and appearance.

Women with PCOS may be facing obesity, insulin resistance, irregular menstrual bleeding, irregular cycle, lack of ovum production, leading to problem with conception and child birth. PCOS is thought to be one of the leading cause of female infertility. An inclusive study on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to observe the trends in PCOS cases in young women in India revealed, that one in five women suffer from PCOS problem and East India leads the chart with 1 in 4 women suffering from PCOS. The increasing trend of PCOS is predominantly seen in the age group 15 to 30 years.

Causes Of PCOS

Even though the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, doctors believe that hormonal imbalances and genetics play a role.

PCOS can also be caused due to overproduction of the hormone androgen. Androgen is a male sex hormone that women’s bodies also produce, only women with PCOS produce higher than normal levels of androgen. This affects the development and release of eggs during ovulation.

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas, that helps convert sugars and starches into energy. Excess insulin may cause high androgen levels. If one is insulin resistant, the body may try to pump out high levels of insulin in an effort to keep the blood sugar levels normal. Very high levels of insulin can cause your ovaries to produce more androgens, such as testosterone.

Sometimes insulin resistance can be caused by having a BMI (body mass index) above the normal range. This makes it harder to lose weight, which is often a struggle for women with PCOS.

Low-grade inflammation. Your body's white blood cells produce substances to fight infection in a response called inflammation. Research has shown that women with PCOS have low-grade inflammation and that this type of low-grade inflammation stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens.

Symptoms of POCS

The symptoms of PCOS usually start after a woman starts to menstruate for the first time. The symptoms varies from person to person. Not all the symptoms are manifested in all the cases of PCOS. The most common symptom of PCOS is irregular menstrual periods.

Since PCOS leads to a decrease in the production of female sex hormones, it causes women to develop certain masculine characteristics like excess hair on face, chest, stomach thumbs and toes. It leads to decrease in breast size and hair loss.

Other symptoms are weight gain, infertility and acne. As a reult of PCOS, many women have related health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and abnormally high lipid profile. These conditions arise mostly because of the weight gain that occurs in women with PCOS.

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How does Diet affect PCOS?

Foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, such as starchy and sugary foods, can lead to insulin resistance, and thus make it more difficult to control the weight gain. They also cause inflammation. High-fibre foods on the other hand can help combat insulin resistance by slowing down digestion and reducing the impact of sugar on the blood. This may be beneficial to women with PCOS.

Foods to Avoid

Diet for PCOS