PCOS stands for poly cystic ovarian syndrome. It is also known as PCOD (poly cystic ovarian disease). But rather than disease, syndrome fits well for this condition. Because a syndrome is a condition where a group of associated symptoms occur together and all are correlated to each other. PCOS is a common endocrine disorder in women. It affects women’s hormone levels. Women between age of 15-44 years are affected mostly. So women mainly face this problem during their childbearing age or reproductive age. PCOS adversely affects women’s menstrual cycle, fertility and their appearance. In this article I will explain about PCOs and why it is emerging as a leading cause behind infertility in women.
On basis of your medical history, sign and symptoms your doctor will prescribe you some blood investigations and ultrasound to confirm about this problem.
In Ayurvedic text books PCOS is not explained as a single disease entity. But in Ayurveda there is a description about Yoni vyapat or utero vaginal disorders. So the various symptoms of PCOS have also covered by Ayurvedic system of medicine:
In modern medicine doctor will prescribe you treatment according to your symptoms. Usually birth control pills are prescribed to restore a normal hormonal balance. Along with this metformin is commonly prescribed to improve the insulin resistance. Rest of the treatment is according to your symptoms as medication to control acne if you have it and so on. These treatments will help until you will take it, this is not the permanent solution. You have to improve your diet and lifestyle too because it can occur again if you will not take care of yourself properly.
Losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight is helpful in regulating menstrual cycle and improve various symptoms of PCOS. Follow a proper diet and physical activities like yoga and exercises which are helpful in losing weight. Weight loss will also improve insulin level, lowers the risk of diabetes and improve cholesterol level.
Ayurveda adopts a holistic approach towards every disease. Along with treatment, it advise you to improve your diet and lifestyle. There are many ayurvedic medicines and herbs which are very helpful in restoring normal menstrual cycle and helpful in improving PCOS. Some of them are described below:
|Kanchanar guggulu||Arogyavardhini vati||Phalatrikadi kashaya|
Panchakarma therapy (Ayurvedic detoxification therapy) is also helpful in management of PCOS. In panchkarma therapy virechana is particularly helpful in PCOS.
Virechana is purgation therapy. In this procedure first of all internal and external oleation therapy has been done usually for seven days. Then fomentation or sweating therapy is done in last three days of oleation therapy. ~After seven days virechana or purgation therapy is done to cleanse the body and to eliminate toxins.
After virechana or purgation therapy a specialised diet and lifestyle is advised to follow. Besides secondary amenorrhoea Ayurveda also helps in managing other associated symptoms like infertility, obesity and other associated symptoms like insulin resistance etc. Learn yoga postures like sarvang asana or shoulder stand yoga pose and matsya asana or fish pose etc. from your Ayurvedic physician or yoga instructor. Because yoga and physical activities are considered to improve the condition of PCOS and also improves the fertility rate.
Follow a diet chart according to ayurveda and according to your physical constituent or prakriti. Because if you take your food as a medicine you will not have to take medicine as a food. Hopefully you will find this article helpful in understanding how PCOS affects infertility and how to deal with it.