How to Cure PCOS Permanently?
- Chandana Das
- 2 Min Read
- Fact Checked
1 in 5 Indian women suffers from PCOS. This estimation suggests how common PCOS is across India and globally. Before we answer how to cure PCOS permanently, we need to understand if PCOS can be cured at all. The answer is No. There is no permanent cure for PCOS yet, but fortunately there are multiple ways through which PCOS can be controlled.
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age group (15-45 years). While PCOS and PCOD are often used interchangeably, PCOS is a metabolic disorder and PCOD is a lifestyle condition that can be managed by PCOD diet and exercise.
This post will throw light on how to eliminate PCOS symptoms and live a healthier life. We will cover:
- PCOS Symptoms & Causes
- PCOS Test
- Treatment of PCOS
- Natural Remedies for PCOS
Causes and Symptoms of PCOS
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. However, medical experts think there are multiple factors that could cause PCOS. These could be hormonal imbalance, excess insulin, excess androgen, and even genetics. Unhealthy lifestyles and obesity are also closely related to PCOS. While the most common symptom of PCOS is irregular periods, at times, women can have regular periods and yet suffer from PCOS. Here are a few common and not-so-common symptoms of PCOS.
- Irregular Periods
- Heavy or Scanty Periods
- Acne, Oily Skin
- Hair Thinning, baldness
- Excess Facial and Body Hair
- Weight Gain, especially around the waist
- Mood Swings, Anxiety
- Dark Patches on the neck, arms, breasts
It is important to keep PCOS under control as it can lead to long-term complications like Type-2 Diabetes, infertility, Cardiovascular diseases.
Is there a PCOS Test?
There’s no single test to diagnose PCOS. The doctor checks the medical history of the patient as well as genetics, does a physical examination, pelvic ultrasound, and advises blood tests to evaluate hormone levels to diagnose PCOS.
PCOS Blood Test includes:
- Thyroid Profile (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
- Diabetes Profile (HbA1c)
- Testosterone Profile
- DHEA (DehydroepiAndrostenedione)
- Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Treatment of PCOS
Coming again to the same question of how to cure PCOS. While PCOS cannot be cured permanently, there are ways to reduce symptoms or keep PCOS in control. Doctors might recommend medications like birth control pills and progestin therapy to regulate periods and reduce PCOS symptoms and in few cases Diaetic medication to reduce Insulin resistance. However, one thing that is mandatory in order to keep PCOS in check is a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Natural Remedies for PCOS
There are various ways to reduce or follow PCOS treatment at home. The basic idea is to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes diet, daily exercise, and good sleep. The following are few natural remedies or natural ways to manage PCOS.
- Avoid processed food
- Balanced carb and protein diet
- Eat iron-rich foods like spinach, eggs, broccoli, etc.
- Eat magnesium-rich foods like almonds, cashews, bananas, etc.
- Cut down on caffeine
- Daily exercises
- 7-8 hours of sleep
When to See a Doctor for PCOS?
If you are facing any of the PCOS symptoms mentioned above, you should consider consulting a doctor for PCOS. Despite it being common, most women do not know they have PCOS. Unless women face health complexities due to PCOS or experience infertility problems, PCOS remains undiagnosed. Don’t ignore your symptoms. Get diagnosed and manage PCOS towards living a healthier life. Connect with an experienced gynecologist online through the MFine app today.