How to manage PCOS?

Abeer Qutab
2 min readMay 18, 2022

Introduction:

PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition followed by excessive androgen production. There is the formation of numerous small cysts in the ovaries. You might experience various symptoms some of which involve.

Irregular periods

of anxiety and depression,

cystic acne, and

excessive hair fall.

Most of these symptoms result from higher androgens and testosterone levels in the body.

Is PCOS curable permanently?

PCOS is not curable but there are a few ways to manage and reverse the symptoms. (“Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome » Raffles Women’s Centre, Singapore”) Women with PCOS keep having issues with higher androgen levels and insulin resistance. A nutritionally rich and right diet can help manage the symptoms. Apart from that, Exercise, yoga, and meditation can particularly help manage your symptoms of anxiety and stress. You do not have to go through strict diet control but need to watch out for what you are consuming in your daily routine.

Can you get pregnant with PCOS?

Yes, you can get pregnant with PCOS. Typically, an egg is released from the ovaries every month (ovulation) the egg is prepared for being fertilized with a sperm, when there is no fertilization the egg is cast out of the body with periods. In PCOS, ovulation might not occur, which is perhaps the primary cause of irregular periods.

Major symptoms of PCOS

PCOS can cause serious symptoms some of which are:

Irregular periods

Insulin resistance

Excessive Hair fall

Excessive body hair e.g on the chest, back, face (hirsutism)

Fatigue

Weight gain

Anxiety and stress

We all know where there is a will there is a way. So, with a little too much effort, you can reverse your symptoms.

Here are some essential activities you might need to introduce into your daily routine to combat these symptoms.

Lose weight

Increase your fiber intake by eating fiber enrich foods.

Take a protein-rich breakfast to reduce cravings.

Watch your daily dairy intake.

Add veggies to your diet

Walk every day if possible, even after eating to manage blood glucose levels.

Exercise helps lower the hormones.

Take supplements (omega-3, vit D, vit B complex, inositol, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin E.)

Even though all these things help overcome the symptoms and improve ovulation but it’s not mandatory that what works for one person might work for another person as well. This is why you will have to see for yourself what helps relieve your symptoms.

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