Women's Health Last updated on 2022-03-09 17:36:48
Yoga For PCOS: 5 Easy Asanas That Work
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 3 Min Read
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PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common hormonal and endocrine disorder that affects 1 in 5 women in India. It causes the ovaries to produce an excess of male hormones or androgens which result in symptoms such as irregular periods, weight gain - especially in the abdominal area, and irregular periods that affect fertility and ovulation. There is no cure for PCOS, but the condition can be effectively managed with diet and lifestyle modifications. It is widely known that cardio, core strengthing and HIIT exercise significantly help women diagnosed with PCOS lose weight and reduce insulin resistance. But, what about yoga for PCOS? Does it work? Yes! Following are 5 asanas or poses that you can along with lifestyle modifications to relieve the symptoms of PCOS.
5 Yoga Asanas For PCOS
(1) Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
(2) Cat-Cow Pose (Chakravakasana)
(3) Garland Pose (Malasana)
(4) Surya Namaskar
(5) Head-to-Knee Pose (Janusirsana)
How does Yoga help with PCOS?- It can help reduce testosterone levels - It can help lower stress and anxiety which reduces mood swings and food cravings -Helps with weight loss that can restore hormonal imbalances - Helps with mental health conditions associated with PCOS such as depression and anxiety However, it is imperative to understand that PCOS can't just be treated with Yoga. A combination of a healthy diet, customized treatment by a gynecologist, and lifestyle modifications are what help relieve PCOS symptoms. The diagnosis can pose several health complications such as:
- PCOS infertility
- Metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- An increase in the level of bad cholesterol in the blood
- Insulin resistance and type II diabetes
- Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure/Preeclampsia
- Increased risk of endometrial cancer
- Sleep Apnea secondary to obesity
- Endometrial cancer: cancer of the uterine lining
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis caused by fat accumulation in the liver
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Consult a Gynecologist
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