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Symptoms, treatment and self-help technique to help you manage it

Say health, and the topic of weight loss and diet inadvertently creeps in. If for some it is a question of bragging about having a perfect physique, for others it is a sensitive subject. Many women, despite their best efforts, fail to control their weight. And, they just happen to be unaware of the underlying health issues that are hampering their weight loss plans. PCOD is one of the main problems in women and their weight problems.

What is PCOD?

PCOD or Polycystic ovary disease is a medical condition that causes irregularity in a woman’s menstrual cycle due to abnormal functioning of the ovaries. The problem starts at a young age when a girl’s period becomes irregular and stays that way for a long time. Women with PCOD also have trouble conceiving.

In PCOD, a woman’s ovaries produce immature or partially mature eggs, which eventually become cysts leading to enlargement of the ovaries. Over time, they create an imbalance by secreting a large number of male hormones.

Primary symptoms

  • Oligomenorrhea (delayed menstrual cycle).

  • Dysmenorrhea (periods with cramps).

  • Menorrhagia (periods with heavy bleeding).

  • Insulin resistance.

  • Increase in male hormones.

  • Infertility.

Secondary symptoms

  • Hair loss.

  • Acne.

  • Excessive hair growth on the face and other parts of the body.

  • Risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, depression and anxiety.

  • Abnormal weight gain.

Treatment

Medical treatment for PCOD involves symptom management. If you want to make it more effective, you should include the following things in your daily routine:

  • Regular exercise.

  • Eat healthy and avoid junk food and expired food.

  • Lifestyle fix.

  • Good stress management.

  • A good sleep cycle.

Yoga and PCOD

Yoga is very effective in the treatment of PCOD and other health problems.

  • Deep relaxation techniques like long shavasana, cycle meditation, nishpandabhava and kapalrandhra dhuti and pranayama like Anuloma Viloma, Bhramari can help you deal with stress, anxiety which in turn leads to holistic healing.

  • Chanting Om or any mantra during meditation is also found to be effective.

  • Asanas like Ardauttanatadasana, Uttanavakrasa, Vipritkarni Mudra, Halasana and some stretching asanas can help with PCOD. One should do asanas according to one’s physical limitations. Yoga should be done under the guidance of an expert.

Sujok Therapy for the Management of PCOD

According to Sujok Therapy, massaging the points (see photo) in our hands can be helpful. You can squeeze or massage into it daily. You can also apply seeds in this area. This will help reduce discomfort and pain during the menstrual period. Regular Sujok therapy will help regulate the menstrual cycle.

Many women cannot carry on with their daily activities due to severe menstrual disorders. This problem requires special attention. Burst painkillers cannot be a long-term solution for menstrual disorders. For better management of PCOD, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle, follow a proper diet and exercise.

(The author is an obesity consultant, dietitian and nutritionist, Sujok therapist, counselor and yoga therapist)

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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2022, 07:00 IST