PCOS Doesn't Need An Introduction !

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is believed to affect 6-7% of women world-wide. It affects their fertility between their adolescence and menopause and renders them susceptible to disorders in their sugar and lipid metabolism exposing them to a greater risk of developing diabetes, high blood-pressure and heart disease as they grow older. Absent ovulation or irregular menstrual bleeding patterns, obesity, hirsutism, acne, alopecia, etc. are the external manifestations of the problem. The physical symptoms are often accompanied by varying degrees of mental stress, low self-esteem and depression.

When treating PCOS, it is very unfortunate that doctors do not take into consideration the risks of developing heart-diseases and Diabetes. They try to manage the problem rather than cure the underlying hormonal imbalance. Conventionally, PCOS patients are advised to live on birth-control pills until they choose to try having a family. Diabetes-drug Glucophage (Metformin) is prescribed (sometimes even if the patient is not Insulin-resistant/Diabetic clinically) to restore ovulation. Clomiphene and other drugs are used to induce ovulation if Glucophage fails.

A lot of information is available online:

or just google 'pcos'.

Having worked with the treatment protocol for several women diagnosed with PCOS I have seen innumerable side-effects of being on birth-control pills, Glucophage and fertility-drugs in the long-term. On the other hand I have seen natural remedies like good dietary habits, herbs, aerobic exercises, yoga and meditation give excellent results in terms of regularizing hormonal levels and monthly periods, restoring fertility, controlling acne and hirsutism and normalizing blood sugar and lipid levels. In my experience it takes between 6 months to 2 years to see positive results with the natural remedies. But the changes are long-lasting and occur unaccompanied by undesirable side-effects.

In the coming days I hope to share with the readers my experience with the efficacy of these remedies. I hope someone out there will benefit from them and join in making this world 'PCOS-free'.

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