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Treating PCOD Naturally: Effective Home Remedies for Hormonal Balance

Treating PCOD by Home Remedies Naturally

What is PCOD or PCOS? 

PCOS is a hormonal and reproductive disorder. It occurs because of certain hormone imbalances. With PCOS, a woman’s body secretes abnormally high levels of male hormones (androgen), and this counteracts her ovaries’ ability to make enough of the female hormone (progesterone) needed for normal menstruation. 

Because of the low level of female hormones, women with PCOS typically have fewer periods than most women (called oligomenorrhea) and sometimes have no periods at all (called amenorrhea). 

Illustration: Understanding PCOD Symptoms and Hormonal Imbalance in Women

Their periods can also be irregular with lengthy bleeding episodes, light or heavy flows, or frequent spotting. 

Most but not all women with PCOS get small, pea-size cysts on their ovaries. The cysts are caused by follicles (fluid-filled sacs that contain an egg) that have matured in the ovary, but because of the abnormal hormone levels, were never released. 

In PCOS, one or both of the ovaries can also become enlarged, sometimes up to 1.5-3 times their normal size. 

PCOS / PCOD has the greatest impact on women of childbearing age as it is the number one cause of infertility in women. PCOS / PCOD cannot be cured, but the PCOD/PCOS symptoms can be managed. 

If a woman does not plan to become pregnant, she can take birth control pills to regulate her periods, reduce male hormone levels in her blood, and clear her acne. 

Besides hormonal medications, the most important is to make certain lifestyle modifications and reduce weight. Besides this, there are certain home remedies too which help with PCOS/PCOD. 

Image: Woman practicing yoga, highlighting the importance of lifestyle changes in PCOD management.

Remedies for PCOS/PCOD 

  1. Weight reduction

This is extremely important because once you lose weight, your blood glucose drops, improving your insulin sensitivity which restores your hormonal balance, go on a low-calorie diet, and improve your physical activity. 

  1. Cut down on Carbohydrates

Reducing carbohydrate intake especially refined carbs like bread, noodles, rice, pastas etc and increasing good fat and protein will significantly help in reducing fasting sugar and improving metabolic profile. Healthy food like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, coconut oil, avocado etc should be added. 

  1. Adding Anti-inflammatory Foods

Adding anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, ginger, pomegranate, extra virgin olive oil, onions, and green leafy vegetables helps to cut down inflammation which goes a long way to treating PCOS. 

It was seen that such a diet not only helped in weight loss but also improved their blood pressure, dyslipidaemia, and Diabetes, It also significantly improved the menstrual irregularities and fertility outcomes.

Image Assorted seeds and herbs, including fenugreek, cumin, and flax seeds, known for their benefits in PCOD treatment

  1. Fenugreek Seeds

Consumption of fenugreek seeds helps variously if consumed as an additive therapy for a minimum of 8-10 weeks. 

The germinated seeds have high antioxidant properties which help to reduce oxidative stress. The seed extract helps to improve glycaemic control and insulin resistance and also helps to improve lipid profile. 

  1. Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds contain photo-estrogens which are like estrogens and thus help in PCOS. They are anti-diabetic and have antioxidant properties and thus help to reduce oxidative stress. 

  1. Flax Seeds

Having flax seeds helps to reduce the male sex hormones in your body, thus helping in PCOS. The seeds have plenty of fibre and omega three fatty acids which help to reduce cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory properties. 

  1. Cinnamon

Taking cinnamon extract regularly for 8-10 weeks helps improve insulin sensitivity and moderates blood sugar levels, which in turn improves irregular periods, the commonest problem of PCOS / PCOD. 

  1. Basil

Having basil leaves infused in water helps to bring down testosterone levels, and also helps to lower blood glucose levels, helping to fend off Diabetes related problems in women with PCOS. 

  1. Ashwagandha

This is an adaptogenic drug and helps to cope the body better with stress and manage insulin sensitivity. It also helps to control cholesterol and blood pressure, all of which are associated with PCOS. 

Amla or Indian Gooseberry  

Amla or Indian gooseberry is a potent anti-inflammatory food. It also has a modulatory effect on the body, helping restore hormonal balance. In addition, it may protect the heart and help lower high levels of cholesterol in the blood. 

  1. Green Tea

This rejuvenating beverage could help you if you have PCOS. According to one piece of research, overweight and obese women with PCOS who had 500 mg green tea capsules twice a day for 12 weeks saw a drop in fasting insulin levels as well as levels of free testosterone. 

Image Herbal teas and supplements, representing natural remedies for PCOD_PCOS

  1. Sleeping Well and Taking Adequate Rest

Giving your body adequate rest by at least 6-7 hours of sleep is important as it helps you to distress and helps your body to recover. It has been shown to have beneficial effects in lowering insulin resistance and lowering the risk of infertility. 

These natural remedies coupled with some lifestyle changes can make a world of difference as your body copes with PCOS.

But whatever your choice of remedy, be sure to consult your doctor before stopping any medication – especially if you are being treated for PCOS-related problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure or are undergoing fertility treatments. 

Doctor Profile

Dr amita shah

Dr Amita Shah is a leading gynaecologist in Gurgaon with vast experience in treating all major and minor female problems. She is currently heading the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at Apollo Cradle and Miracles Mediclinic Gurgaon. For more information or an appointment with Dr Amita Shah please call +91-8800188335 or email info@amitashah.com 

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