In this article, we will talk about by PCOS treatment by Grocare – you can see more details here https://www.grocare.com/diagnose/pcos. Features of this treatment are:
- What is PCOD/ PCOS?
- What causes PCOS?
- How is PCOS diagnosed?
- Available treatments and associated risks
- How to manage PCOS naturally | PCOD Treatment
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What is PCOD or PCOS?
PCOD, or polycystic ovarian disease, also known as PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome, is a common health condition among women. It results from an imbalance in female reproductive hormones which then create stress on the ovaries, causing the eggs to develop abnormally.
PCOS is one of the biggest contributors to female infertility. The disease affects 80 percent of women who are found to have oocyte infertility (meaning that the ovaries do not produce a viable egg at every menstrual cycle.)
Research suggests that 5% to 10% of females 18 to 44 years of age are affected by PCOS or PCOD, making it the most common endocrine abnormality among women of reproductive age.
There are also indications that women with PCOS have concurrent health issues ranging from higher rates of endometrial cancer, to diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease.
Because the levels of the sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone are out of balance in women who suffer from PCOS, benign masses begin to form in the ovaries, called ovarian cysts.
Signs and Symptoms of PCOS
The most commonly noticed symptom of CPOD is infertility, but there are other symptoms which women notice, largely due to an overabundance of androgen levels.
These symptoms can include:
- Irregular periods (including fewer than nine per year)
- Thinning of the hair (male pattern balding, but in women)
- Obesity or difficulty losing weight
- Mood swings, depression, and anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Deepening of the voice
- Appearance of hair above the lip (mustache) and around the nipples
What Causes PCOS?
Though modern medicine is uncertain exactly how PCOS begins, there seem to be several factors at play. There are always higher than normal androgen levels in women which prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg during their regular menstrual cycle – they cannot ovulate, meaning they become infertile.
There are also usually high levels of insulin in women with PCOS. Insulin is a hormone that controls how much we eat and how that food is changed into energy.
Some of these factors seem to be caused by genetics, or are passed down by one or both parents, but there is increasing evidence that there are environmental factors which can cause PCOD to be more prevalent.
For example, though PCOS can cause obesity, obesity can also cause an increase in PCOS.
Bisphenol A (BPA) emerges as another environmental contributor to the pathogenesis of PCOS. This is a toxic chemical used by companies to make certain types of plastics, that sadly, have become used in products as diverse as baby bottles and children’s sippy cups to plastic wear dishes, plates, cups, and more. BPA was not regulated for over sixty years, and finally it was named as a toxic chemical that could harm human health.
Moreover, there are many chemicals released into our environment which are endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can be found in pesticides, herbicides, personal care products, phthalates used to make plastics, fire retardants, perchlorate found in our drinking water, genetically modified foods like soy, lead, arsenic, and mercury, just to name a few.
When poor diet, a lack of exercise, and toxic environmental factors are not addressed, the normal androgen levels in a woman that can prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg are not corrected either.
Though there is scientific proof that PCOD can be passed generationally, environmental factors can influence the cells to override their genetic programming.
Some women don’t show the regular signs and symptoms of PCOS. Instead, they may be thin, have regular periods, and their ovaries look very normal on an untlrasound. Their problem is only detected when their bodies over-respond by creating a large number of follicles. During ovulation, a mature egg is released from a follicle. While several follicles begin to develop each cycle, normally only one will ovulate an egg.
These women may get pregnant easily, but have multiple miscarriages, while their doctors often overlook the true cause of the health issue.
How is PCOS Diagnosed?
Women who are experiencing one or more of the symptoms of PCOD often seek allopathic treatment to get a diagnosis for their health condition. The following methods are used to diagnose PCOD:
- During an initial, verbal consultation your doctor will ask you questions about when your last period was, or if you are experiencing any pain in your abdominal region. Too frequent or too infrequent menstrual cycles will be noted as a possible PCOD concern. Your doctor will also ask you about mood swings, hair growth, and other common symptoms of PCOD which wouldn’t necessarily be obvious just by looking at you. If you have multiple symptoms of PCOD, then your doctor will likely require a physical examination, along with blood tests.
- During a physical exam, your doctor will measure your blood pressure, and your body mass index (BMI) to check for obesity. He will also look for male-pattern baldness (the loss of hair on your head), or the abnormal appearance of hair on your face, nipples, or abdomen. He or she will also look for acne on your chest, face, or back along with skin discolorations which can indicate a hormonal imbalance. Signs of an enlarged thyroid gland (a butterfly shaped gland in your upper chest and neck that is responsible for many of your hormonal functions) will also be looked for.
- Your doctor may also order blood tests to measure for increased level of androgens in the blood. These are referred to as “male hormones,” and though women have male hormones, and men have female hormones, they should be in different quantities in each of the genders to indicate health. Your doctor will also check your thyroid levels to make sure that your possible PCOD isn’t a thyroid disease or dysfunction. He might also order blood tests to check for diabetes or elevated cholesterol levels, since these, too can indicate PCOD.
- Your doctor may conduct a pelvic exam to look for signs of increased male hormones, such as an enlarged clitoris, or swollen ovaries.
- Finally, your doctor may request that you get a pelvic ultrasound (sonogram) that uses soundwaves to examine your ovaries for cysts and check the endometrium (lining of the uterus or womb).
How is PCOS Normally Treated?
There are several ways that PCOS is normally treated with Western- medicine, but almost none of them address the root cause of the issue, and instead attempt only to ‘fix’ the symptoms.
This is one of the main differences between how Grocare India addresses a health issue and how most doctors approach a patient’s concerns.
The first thing doctors will usually turn to is a prescription drug. These are usually clomiphene citrate based treatment for timed intercourse. Newer anti-estrogen called letrozole are often used when clomiphene citrate is unsuccessful.
The second line of treatment used by allopathic medicine is called ovarian drilling, or exogenous gonadotropins or laparoscopic ovarian surgery.
A last resort surgery that was once used more often, called wedge resection may be used.
Considered the ‘last-last-resort’ is in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection is only recommended when the previous interventions fail.
Chemical-based medications prescribed by allopathic medicine can be very harmful to our bodies, and both of these procedures have questionable success rates and quite a few negative side effects.
Clomiphene citrate treatments can lead to an increase in fertility, but the side effects include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Blurred vision
- Ovarian hyperstimulation (ovarian enlargement)
- Breast tenderness
- Increased likelihood of multiple births
- Shortness of Breath
This drug also chemically induces a woman’s ovulatory cycle, instead of allowing it to be restored to its original, healthy rhythm.
Laparoscopic ovarian surgery or ovary drilling has its own draw-backs.
- You have to go under a general anesthesia and stay in a hospital post-surgery for up to four days, unable to return to your regular activities for as many as six weeks
- The surgery can be painful to recover from
- Cysts can persist even after the surgery
- Infection is common
- The bladder or bowels can be accidentally punctured during the surgery
- Scar tissue can develop on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or elsewhere in the pelvis, causing further incidence of infertility.
- Laparoscopic surgery is only successful in 50% of the women who choose to have it
In virto fertilization (IVF) has risks as well:
- An increase in likelihood of multiple births
- Slight risk of premature birth and low birth weight of baby
- The overstimulation of the ovaries leading to abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating and more
- Egg-retrieval complications such as a punctured bladder
- Ovarian cancer after multiple IVF treatments
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Birth defects
Women who undergo IVF treatments usually grow so many eggs in response to the hormones administered that they often release eggs when they are still immature. This can make full-term pregnancy rates very poor.
The good news is that successful treatment of infertility is usually possible in the majority of patients with PCOD, but by using natural, non-invasive, non-chemical remedies.
Can I Still Get Pregnant if I Have PCOS?
Many women with PCOS are concerned that they cannot get pregnant if they are diagnosed with PCOS. You can absolutely get pregnant if you have PCOS, but you will usually need to treat the underlying hormonal imbalance that is causing the ovarian cysts to develop before you can successfully become pregnant without complications.
Lowering Pregnancy Risks
There are several things you can do, aside from taking Grocare’s specially formulated natural medicines to protect a healthy pregnancy:
- Reach a healthy weight. While you should and will gain weight during a pregnancy, make sure that the weight you put on comes from eating nutritionally dense foods.
- Make sure you eat enough folic acid, and drink plenty of water.
- Get lots of rest, too as this can help to keep food cravings at bay.
- Maintain a healthy blood sugar level
PCOD and Obesity: Why Does Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Cause Me to Gain Weight?
PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches we eat into usable energy. This condition — called insulin resistance — can cause insulin and sugar — glucose — to build up in the bloodstream. This can cause more androgens (male hormones) – the very thing which is likely causing our PCOS in the first place!
What do those increased androgens do? They make us hungrier than normal, and increase fat stores, especially in the abdomen. Abdominal fat is the most dangerous kind – it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other health conditions.
Androgens can also make us moody, and grow hair where we don’t want it. What’s worse is this increased weight gain associated with PCOS or PCOD can cause additional health issues like:
- Diabetes type 2
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Endometrial cancer
Best Diet for Those with PCOS
The best diet for those with PCOS is also the same diet for women who want to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Along with reducing caloric intake by at least 25-30% if you are obese, you can do the following:
- Ban all processed foods, simple carbohydrates, and refined sugars.
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables every day, organic when possible to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals.
- Only eat healthy fats, and stop using vegetable oils. Coconut oil is the one exception.
- Drink at least 8 ounces of purified water daily.
- Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
- Lower stress levels.
PCOS treatment with Grocare India
A natural remedy for PCOS is Yerovac + Activiz
Grocare India develops innovative products that aim to very precisely eliminate the root cause of a health issue, but that also to enrich other aspects of the body while ‘curing’ the symptoms of a health condition – and that includes PCOD/PCOS.
Grocare has developed a protocol comprising of two products, namely Yerovac & Activiz. Yerovac is a natural anticoagulant that dissolves ovarian cysts and helps to ameliorate the symptoms caused by the cysts. Yerovac also aims at balancing hormones which have become out of whack, and reinstating a homeostatic balance in the body so that it can heal itself – after all, that is what our bodies were intelligently designed to do.
Yerovac helps to heal the pain caused by ovarian cysts but can also lead to increased fertility as the hormonal imbalances in the body are addressed. Yerovac does this without causing any side effects which are normally found with allopathic treatments for PCOS.
Activiz helps eliminate free radicals which cause discomfort in the reproductive systems. This prevents further formation of cysts and helps control the size and density of existing cysts thereby facilitating natural breakdown by the body.
When you add Yerovac + Activiz to a healthy life style, including diet changes, and the removal of as much stress and chemical environmental toxins as possible, your ovaries will be restored and fertility will naturally rise.