Polycystic ovaries syndrome or PCOS is basically a condition in which abnormally high amounts of androgens are produced in the female body. Androgens are the male sex hormones but they are also present in a small amount in the woman’s body.
Although the name PCOS indicates the formation of cysts in ovaries, however, this is not true for everyone with this condition. While some women with PCOS might develop cysts, some do not.
Symptoms of PCOS
While many women in Pakistan struggle with PCOS, there is very little information about it. Not many women with PCOS know much about the condition. Here are symptoms of PCOS that people with it might experience:
1- Missed or irregular periods.
2- Excessive body hair
3- Weight gain
4- Breakouts and acne
5- Thinning hair or even male-pattern baldness
7- Dark skin in the armpits, back of the neck and under the breasts
If you are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to consult a doctor.
How to cope up with PCOS
The treatment of PCOS can vary with age and other factors. It is different from person-to-person. And while the medicinal treatment might not be same for everyone, there are some lifestyle changes that can help you cope with it. These lifestyle changes might manage your symptoms and easen up things for your. However, be sure to talk to your doctor so they can guide you better.
Eat the right foods
If you have PCOS, your diet matters a lot. Since insulin plays a major role in the condition therefore, managing insulin levels with the right diet is extremely vital.
You must eat a balanced diet and avoid processed/preserved foods. The preserved foods can cause inflammation and might endup causing insulin resistance. Be sure to balance your protein and carbohydrate consumption, increase your magnesium intake, take the needed fiber to aid in digestion and to increase your iron intake.
People with PCOS are also advised to cut out coffee.
Make sure that you are in the healthy weight range
The healthy and ideal weight range varies from person-to-person depending upon the age, height and more. People with PCOS need to be really mindful of their weight.
A healthy weight will help avoid the different risks which are associated with PCOS. It will also decrease insulin resistance in the body. Weight can also help with the regularity of your periods.
If you are overweight and have PCOS, the first think that your doctor may recommend to you would be to lose weight. A low caloric diet and exercise is the first step in the treatment of PCOS for such patients.
Supplements are a great help with insulin resistance and inflammation. They can also help regulate the hormonal levels in the body.
Turmeric: It decreases insulin resistance
Inositol: It can also help with insulin resistance
Chromium: Improves the body mass index
Zinc: Boosts the immune system, helps with unwanted hair growth and alopecia
Have a proper sleep schedule
8-10 hours of sleep is recommended to people with PCOS. Women with this condition commonly experience sleep disturbances. Sleep can impact your stress levels and regulate cortisol in the body.
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