PCOD, term used for Polycystic Ovarian Disorder, refers to a health condition with imbalance in level of sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in women. This can further lead to growth of ovarian cysts. In addition, PCOD can also lead to other problems such as improper cardiac function, irregular menstrual cycle, appearance, and fertility.
Even though the exact cause of the PCOD is not known till date, doctors believe that an imbalance in hormonal and genetics can lead to the problem in many ways. More often, you can be at a higher risk of developing PCOD if your family has a medical history for the same. Yet another factor that contributes to the occurrence of the problem is overproduction of the androgen, a male sex hormone, produced by the women’s body as well. Generally, women with PCOD produce higher-than-normal levels of androgen.
PCOD is one of the most common hormonal disorders that occur among women during reproductive age, infertility being the most common symptom. For PCOD symptoms being seemingly unrelated to each other, the condition is generally overlooked and undiagnosed.
Well, PCOD treatment begins with a proper diagnosis. The treatment plan is chosen once the problem is diagnosed, depending upon factors like symptoms, future plans, and age.
Some natural treatment options to treat PCOD in women are listed below:
- Add Omega-3 to your Diet
Fish oil is known for the amazing health benefits it provides. If research is to be believed, including omega-3 in your daily diet, either naturally or through supplements, can help reduce androgen levels in women with PCOD. In addition, it also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.
- Include Magnesium in your Diet
Generally, women with PCOD show symptoms such as resistance to insulin and metabolic syndrome, risk factors which may increase the possibilities of heart disease and other similar issues including diabetes and stroke. Low levels of magnesium in blood can be a cause for diabetes. Research studies have proved that adding magnesium supplements to your diet can help to make insulin sensitivity better, which is one of the major causes for PCOD and type2 diabetes.
- Vitamin D and Calcium
Vitamin D and calcium supplements are highly effective in showing improvements in menstrual abnormalities, along with BMI and other symptoms. Adding up to intake of vitamin D and calcium, either through supplements or dietary sources, can helps to improve PCOD symptoms.
- Watch out Calories
Studies have revealed that calorie intake timing can make a noticeable impact on insulin, glucose, and testosterone levels. Managing insulin levels can help infertility issues to great extent. Try to take majority of daily calories in breakfast. Doing this would show a noteworthy improvement in levels of glucose and insulin thus bringing down the levels of testosterone by almost 50% as contrasting if your majority of calorie intake is at dinner time. An ideal diet consists of 980 calories in breakfast, should be around 640 in lunch, and lower down to 190 in dinner.
- Reduce AGEs
Usually, women with PCOD possess higher levels of Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs) in the blood. AGEs refer to compounds that are formed when glucose combines with proteins in the blood. These compounds work to cause some degenerative diseases and aging. It is also revealed through studies that cutting down on dietary AGEs help to reduce insulin level in women with PCOD. Food items that make sources of AGEs include processed foods and those derived from animals. In addition, cooking under high temperatures, such as grilling, searing and roasting can further raise the levels.
In addition to the above mentioned natural treatments, it is equally important to follow the following tips and suggestions to reduce the symptoms of PCOD in women. Some good ones include:
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help kick off any disease or health issue. Similar applies in case of PCOD. Maintaining a healthy body weight can alleviate the symptoms by balancing the hormones and regulate your ovulation and menstrual cycle.
You can do this through regular exercise and a balanced diet that includes sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dietary products, and whole grains.
- Hormone Therapy
If, in any case, you don’t benefit from weight management or ovulation doesn’t begin with weight loss, or you are not at all overweight, your general practitioner may try medication to start ovulation in your body. But if not planning for the family way, you can try hands on hormone therapy to control ovary hormones. In addition, hormone therapy also controls male-type hair growth as well as acne.