Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is a common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. It is a condition in which a woman’s ovaries produce immature or partially mature eggs in huge numbers and as time passes it becomes a cyst in the ovaries. It is characterized by multiple small cysts in the ovaries and makes the ovaries enlarged which leads to increased production of androgen and estrogen hormones that cause multiple bodily issues. About 10% of women are suffering from PCOD. Due to the production of a higher amount of male hormones, it might cause women to skip their menstrual cycle which makes it difficult to get pregnant and if PCOD is not treated it gets into a syndrome which is PCOS.

In Ayurveda, PCOS is associated with Kapha Dosha, all three Dosha’s play a vital role in the menstrual cycles in females and the main function of Vata is helping in the movement of follicles. PCOD is due to Kapha blocking the path of Vata and Pitta Doshas and Kapha also affects digestive disorders due to these toxins accumulating in the body and the cysts are due to the accumulation of impurities and toxins in the body

Symptoms of PCOD

The symptoms of PCOD are:

  • Increased androgen levels- excessive male hormone causes various physical manifestations like facial and body hair growth and male pattern baldness
  • Irregular menstruation (Oligomenorrhea)- You may experience irregular periods or delayed periods as there is an abnormality in the maturation of eggs
  • Obesity- PCOD leads to weight gain
  • Skin darkening in the neck, groin, or under the breast
  • Oily skin which leads to acne
  • Mood swings
  • Infertility- It is due to irregular or delayed or failure in ovulation. The increase in the level of male hormone prevents follicles from maturation and releasing the eggs, this causes delay or failure of ovulation.

Causes of PCOD

Family history

There is a 50% chance that a female can get PCOD if her immediate female relative is suffering from PCOD and as you grow older PCOD might lead to type 2 diabetes.

Insulin resistance

About 70% of women with PCOD have peripheral insulin resistance. The pancreas is responsible for the production of insulin that helps the body to use sugar from foods for energy but due to insulin resistance the cells can’t use insulin properly and the body’s demand for insulin increases.

Lifestyle and Weight

 A sedentary lifestyle may lead to obesity which may worsen insulin resistance and the symptoms of PCOD. Food habits like eating junk food may also cause PCOD.

Treatment of PCOD

PCOD cannot be cured but its symptoms can be managed as there is an ayurvedic treatment for PCOS and PCOD.  Uttara Vasti is the most effective treatment and it helps in purification and clears the Aartava Vaha Srotas, pacifiers vitiated Apana Vayu and improves follicular maturity.  There is also ayurvedic treatment for hair loss. Along with these treatments, it is important to maintain a diet that includes less amount of carbohydrates and lifestyle modification by exercising daily. Low-intensity exercises like yoga are done to manage the symptoms of PCOD.

For one to manage PCOD a holistic approach to Ayurveda should be taken. Tatkshana Ayurveda Hospital, which is one of the best ayurvedic hospitals in Bangalore helps to ensure good health where we not only recommend supplements but also guide you with a proper diet with lifestyle changes and authentic medicine prepared by our experts. Tatkshana, an ayurvedic treatment centre not only helps you in PCOS ayurvedic treatment but also has ayurvedic treatment for obesity and there is even ayurvedic treatment for hair loss.

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