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PCOS Explained in Just 3 Minutes

Women have facial hair, deal with it!

A few months back I was okay with this fact until I saw excessive facial hair on my ex-colleague’s face which, to be honest, made me feel sorry but also a little uncomfortable. Soon I realized how gross was I to even encourage a thought like that especially when the opposite person is already having a tough time dealing with this particular condition (and of course the odd stares).

Now I can’t just start rambling about something which I am not a victim of but looking at the lack of awareness and my curiosity on what exactly PCOS and PCOD are I have ended up curating this.

FYI, I have made diligent research and saw some informative content where people share their personal experiences and tried my best to keep this post concise. By the end of this article, I hope you can get at least the basic gist about this vital topic (even if you are a guy or someone with zero knowledge).

We are going to look at the following:

PCOS – What does that even mean?

PCOS and PCOD are definitely related, aren’t they?

Is this condition curable? If yes, how?

Irregular periods: Must be a harbinger of PCOD, right?

Why should I as a woman be cautious?

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What is PCOS?

Well, in layman’s language, it is a crazy hormonal imbalance that happens to 3 out of 5 women. It is a condition wherein the normal functioning is disturbed in a woman’s body.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is when many small cysts are grown in the ovaries and hence the name.

                               Poly cysts = many cysts.

These cysts are not particularly harmful but cause other kinds of discomfort which are equally painful for many and a daily thing for some.

The underlying mechanism is the insulin resistance that leads to a decrease in the production of sex binding globulin which increases the rate of testosterone (male hormone). This is exactly the reason behind the odd hair growth and acne show up. Other than that, women have also complained about inflammation and thyroid imbalance.

PCOS and PCOD are definitely related, aren’t they?

So the question every girl has – is there a difference between PCOS and PCOD?

While PCOS is a syndrome, PCOD is a disorder or disease. The former being the less serious one. The polycystic ovarian syndrome is comparatively easy to fight and cure as per the research but again, checking out with a professional is a MUST!

Mind you, ignorance is not the bliss in this case. So, when your body signals you with PCOS symptoms you need to make it a priority to connect with it at the earliest.

Neither PCOS or PCOD is contagious but is chronic and depends largely on your lifestyle and the ecosystem you are living in. Also, medical history factors in. So, check with your family medical history if there is even an air of doubt.

Is this condition curable? If yes, how?

So, there are four main stages when it comes to PCOS – Type ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’. ‘A’ being the severe out of all according to Nutritionist & PCOS Expert Neha Rangla. If you are in the middle or pre-stage, treatment can be done to reverse it and eventually get out of it. But again, chances are the person suffering from PCOS is likely to get it back if the medication is not taken seriously.

A healthy diet also plays a key role along with some workout and it need not have to be a heavy one.  One can do simple stuff they like dancing, Zumba or 10 mins walk maybe. Simple isn’t it?

PCOS Diet should include natural and organic food and strictly avoid processed food.

Further, I have found a resourceful site where you can find the most recommended food here.

Also, If you are looking for some doable exercise routine, this simple workout is all you need.

Remember, PCOS is curable but the healing process is a journey and you need to maintain patience in order for it to work.

PCOS Treatment

if you have undergone any PCOS treatment it is essential to keep a track. Generally, if aunt flow returns or you could get pregnant you have nothing to worry about. If no, you know the drill.

Irregular periods: Must be a harbinger of PCOD, right?

So, this is not caused by a single factor. It is a chronic disease that happens over time and is caused by a number of reasons.

Some of the common symptoms complained about is irregular periods, external, period cycle, facial hair, acne over the jawline, hair loss and not able to conceive.

If you are a victim of PCOD, there are more chances of you being not able to conceive. According to what I could collect, PCOD is a big deal.

So yeah, if your cycle is less than 22 days or greater than 34 days, talk to a professional. Your doctor can identify the cause by conducting a series of tests and ultrasound detection to detect the presence of cysts if there are any.

Note: These cysts are nothing but undeveloped follicles due to the improper functioning of oestrogen and progesterone.

Why should I as a woman be cautious?

One has to be fair! Being a woman in itself is a challenge. We tend to multitask, be there emotionally and physically for our loved ones, provide for our family, dream and achieve things and many more. Pretty much so much under our wings!

When it comes to women-centric illness or condition, like PCOS, there have been a lot of rumours going around most of which are pure BS. Many recommend contraceptive as a solution and advise saying contraceptives are synthetic hormones which give your body an idea that I am getting hormones from outside so it doesn’t have to produce it, thus causing imbalance.

So be cautious of what you are taking in, consult at least 2 – 3 doctors if you are not certain of the treatment. Take control over your lifestyle and maintain a healthy diet. That can easily maximize the quality of life and minimize the symptoms thus, putting an end before anything surprises you.

So beloved sister, breathe and fight the same way you do every time like a boss lady.

Hope it helps! Please share with someone who is ignorant of this crucial condition, educate it as much as possible.

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