WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, widely known as PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that affects women in their reproductive years. It involves infrequent, irregular, or prolonged menstrual periods, and often excess male hormone (androgen) levels. Women with Polycystic Ovarian syndrome produce higher than normal level of male hormone which can affect fertility and other aspects of our general health.
How common is Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age globally, however, 18% prevalence has been reported in south-eastern Nigeria. Many women have PCOS but do not know it. Studies have also shown that up to 70% of women with PCOS have not been diagnosed.
CAUSES OF PCOS
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Factors that might play a role include:
Excess insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that allows cells to use sugar, the body’s primary energy supply. If cells become resistant to the action of insulin, then blood sugar levels can rise, and more insulin will be produced. Excess insulin might increase androgen production, causing difficulty with ovulation.
Low-grade inflammation. This term is used to describe white blood cells’ production of substances to fight infection. Research has shown that women with PCOS have a type of low-grade inflammation that stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens, which can lead to heart and blood vessel problems.
Heredity. Research suggests that certain genes might be linked to PCOS.
Excess androgen (male hormones). The ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, resulting in hirsutism (a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back) and acne.
SYMPTOMS OF PCOS
Irregular periods: infrequent, irregular, or prolonged menstrual cycles are the most common sign of PCOS. A lack of ovulation prevents the uterine lining from shedding every month. Some women with PCOS get fewer than eight periods a year.
Hirsutism: elevated levels of androgen (male hormones) may result in physical signs, such as excess facial and body hair, and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness.
Heavy bleeding: The uterine lining builds up for a longer period, so the periods you do get can be heavier than normal. If the period occurs regularly and periodically, the chances of having heavy bleeding is reduced except for women with other underlining conditions.
Acne: Male hormones can make the skin oilier than usual and cause breakouts on areas like the face, chest, and upper back.
PREVENTIVE MEASURE FOR PCOS
- Maintain a healthy weight- Treatment for PCOS usually starts with lifestyle changes like weight loss, diet, and exercise. Weight loss can reduce insulin and androgen levels and may restore ovulation. When ovulation is restored, the chances of achieving pregnancy are high.
- Limit carbohydrates- Studies have shown that low-carbohydrate diets are effective for both weight loss and lowering insulin levels. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are examples of low carbohydrate foods that can help regulate the menstrual cycle.
- Be active- If you have PCOS, increasing your daily activity and participating in a regular exercise program may treat or even prevent insulin resistance and help you keep your weight under control. However, you will only reap the benefits if you combine exercise with a healthy diet.
- Go natural – some natural herbs and spices can help with hormone regulation, insulin resistance, and inflammation associated with PCOS. Examples include cinnamon and turmeric. Cinnamon extract has been shown to have a positive effect on insulin resistance. It may also regulate menstruation for women with PCOS. Turmeric- may be promising for decreasing insulin resistance and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Reduce stress– taking walks outside and creating space in your life for relaxation and self-care can reduce your level of stress.
- Practice good sleep hygiene– sleep affects your stress levels and helps regulate cortisol to balance your hormones. To up your sleep hygiene:
- Aim for eight to ten hours of sleep per night.
- Establish a regular bedtime routine.
- Avoid stimulants and rich, fatty foods before bedtime.
HOW TO CURE PCOS NATURALLY?
Because of the chronic nature of the condition, making lifelong treatment necessary, many patients prefer to turn to natural alternatives that pose a low risk of side effects. Among the various alternative PCOS treatments, studies have also shown that herbs may offer relief to women with PCOS.
HYPONIDD, the herbal insulin sensitizer consists of natural ingredients useful for treating PCOS
ROLE OF HYPONIDD in PCOS:
- HYPONIDD is a best ayurvedic medicine for PCOS improves ovulatory function and corrects several metabolic derangements associated with insulin resistance.
- HYPONIDD decreases the insulin resistance and thereby, corrects the three axes namely metabolic, reproductive, and steroidogenic.
- It reduces the free testosterone level and hence decreases androgenic features like acne, hirsutism, alopecia, and acanthosis nigricans.
- It increases insulin sensitivity and thus corrects lipid metabolism and reduces dyslipidemia.
- Further HYPONIDD normalizes FSH-LH levels, induces ovulation, and thus enhances fertility outcomes
- The constituents in HYPONIDD shows anti-androgenic properties that help to correct hormonal imbalances, thereby restoring normal ovulation and reproductive function.