Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
has grappled me for a very long time. Recurring miscarriage, sudden weight gain, acne, etc., became a part and parcel of my life. But along the time, I found ways to cope up with it and I realized that I am not alone. One in every ten women, has PCOS and according to a study
conducted by AIIMS, it highlights that about 20-25 per cent of Indian women of childbearing age are suffering from PCOS. But did you know that PCOS can be curtailed with proper PCOS treatment, lifestyle and diet. So, hereby I am listing some tips that one should undertake after getting diagnosed with PCOS.
Seek A Good Gynaecologist
The day you realize that your periods are getting irregular, then do visit a gynaecologist. Most importantly, opt for a doctor who has immense experience and has some success stories to narrate. Consult a fellow PCOS patient and start your PCOS treatment right away. I would suggest always go for a second opinion if you think your PCOS treatment isn’t working the way it should! Don’t waste time if you are planning for pregnancy.
Make sure to have your hormone and insulin levels checked. Basically, high insulin levels imbalance the ovaries thus leading in the formation of androgen hormone – testosterone. Excess of this hormone causes acne, hair growth and irregular periods. The PCOS treatment that your doctor prescribes will definitely consist medication and diet that will help you to keep these levels at bay. But for all this, you need to have your blood reports. Amidst this, do undertake Anti-Müllerian Hormone test, if you suffered recurring miscarriages.
Stick To One Radiologist
When diagnosed with PCOS you have to make frequent trips at a radiologist’s clinic. He/she undertakes sonography for follicle monitoring or monitors cyst that are harmful. In my case, I have experienced that different radiologists have different diagnosis to make. So, I stick to only one who is well-versed with my medical history. He/she exactly knows my cycle, my history and is confident while scrutinizing the reports.
Weight gain and PCOS literally go hand-in-hand so it is imperative to maintain a healthy weight. Brisk walk, strength training, cardio exercises are the best way to stay in shape. Make it a point to stick to this routine at least 5 times a week. Along with PCOS, do maintain a healthy diet. There are various apps that like Healthifyme, Fittr who will help you with diet.
Stress management is immensely important in PCOS and if you are trying to conceive then it is a requisite. You can undertake yoga, meditation and don’t let go your sleep. Stay hydrated always and try to cut toxins. For detoxification you can undertake panchkarma which will cleanse your body thoroughly.
Don’t Skip Medication
Do not in any way, skip your medications as they are immensely important to maintain hormone level. Multi-vitamin, mineral, calcium are some of the important supplements you should have during your PCOS treatment. Listen and follow every instruction that your doctor asserts.
Well, these are some of the tips that worked for me. Along with this, I actively follow a support group on Facebook called PCOS Fertility Support
wherein there are so many positive vibes to witness. Apart from these, if you have any additional tips to share, then do comment below!