For every girl, almost nothing seems worse than the sudden zit or patch of acne that pops up on the face, especially on the morning of a special day. Now, make the acne a persistent condition coupled with excess weight gain and hair-fall, and you have every girl’s worst nightmare. Beauty products, cosmetics and spa treatments are purchased in bulk as a means to combat these without realising that they problem may lie internally, with one’s hormones.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS as it is commonly known, is one such hormonal condition affecting millions of girls worldwide. According to a recent study by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, 1 in 5 Indian women suffer from PCOS which is about 18-20% of the overall population. In addition, it was found that this condition was predominantly present in the 15-30 year old age group.
What is PCOS?
An endocrine disorder, PCOS occurs when the hormones are unbalanced. In women, the hormonal production of androgens (male sex hormones) is typically low, but increases with PCOS causing excess facial hair and hair-fall. In addition the hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone can also lead to fertility problems and insulin resistance.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of PCOS is not yet known. However, increased consumption of junk/ processed food, sedentary lifestyles and genetics are being linked to this condition.
Symptoms of PCOS
The symptoms of PCOS may be minimal at first but can soon become prevalent as the condition progresses. Women of reproductive age are most at risk and should look out for the following symptoms. An early diagnosis is a must to stop its progression and possibly even reverse it.
- 1. Persistent facial acne
- 2 .Excess facial hair
- 3. Irregular or painful periods
- 4. Weight gain
- 5. Thinning hair on scalp or excess hair fall
- 6. Infertility
Keep in mind that untreated PCOS puts a woman at greater risk than just infertility. If not cared for in time, one is at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
PCOS has become quite a common occurrence among young women with almost each of them on some form of medication or the other. However, most over-the-counter medicines only help manage the condition or soften the symptoms. But until corrective measures are taken to restore the hormonal imbalance, the condition will continue to remain.
A natural and sweet treatment for this condition can be found through homeopathy. The tiny sugar pills are free from side-effects and work to treat the root of the problem. As the hormones return to their natural levels, the symptoms begin to reduce on their own.
However, along with medicines one also needs to make certain lifestyle modifications to reverse or manage this condition. A healthy low-carb diet along with physical activity is great to fight PCOS. Additionally, for women that are overweight, sweating out the excess kilos is a must. Research studies have found that even a 5% weight loss can lower PCOS symptoms!
PCOS can be a worrisome condition but the good news is that it can be reversed. An early diagnosis and a healthy lifestyle can keep the hormones in balance and the facial hair at bay!
PCOS affects almost 1 in 5 Indian women. Read here to know how to detect this condition early and simple tip to better manage or reverse it.