I am sure among your peer group, family or friends, you must have noticed one or more females are suffering from PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease). This problem is most common in urban areas. Thanks to our modern lifestyle. PCOD is one of the reasons of female infertility and also disturb overall well - being of women. PCOD can also become cause of certain health conditions like diabetes and blood pressure.
I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN )with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.
Before getting into details of PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease), firstly let’s understand what is PCOD?
The most common signs and symptoms of PCOD in females are:
The exact cause of PCOD is unknown. However, there seems to be a connection with lifestyle, family history and hormonal levels. Let’s check them out one by one:
If PCOD is not treated timely, then it can give birth to complicated diseases:
While treating PCOD, the gynaecologist will ask you about your medical history and may recommend certain tests:
With slight lifestyle modifications, you can win the battle against PCOD. So, here are the remedies:
So, let’s talk in detail, about what to eat from each food group.
Other medications include:
PCOD treatment usually starts with lifestyle changes like - weight loss, exercise or diet followed by certain treatments:
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Q1. Can a woman get pregnant with PCOD?
Ans. Yes, a woman with PCOD can get pregnant. This requires planning and follow-up consultation with gynaecologist.
Q2. How to cure PCOD permanently?
Ans. PCOD is not a serious problem. However, there is no complete cure as well. With, lifestyle changes like - regular exercise, healthy weight and eating healthy food can be really helpful in controlling PCOD problems.
Q3. What is the most common symptom of PCOD?
Ans. Weight gain is the most common symptom of PCOD.
Q4. Can females develop PCOD problems post-marriage?
Ans. Yes, PCOD can trigger in women even post-marriage due to lifestyle and stress changes.
Q5. Does a sexually active woman suffer from PCOD?
Ans. This is purely a myth. PCOD can occur in any woman whether they are sexually active or not.
Q6. What is the difference between PCOS and PCOD?
Ans. PCOD is a condition in which ovaries produce many mature eggs. This happens due to poor lifestyle, obesity, stress and hormonal imbalance, while, PCOS is a metabolic disorder that can lead to anovulation, where ovaries stop releasing eggs.
Q7. If a woman is not planning a childbirth, then there should not be any concern about PCOD?
Ans. No, there are long-term bad impacts on health as well like - hypertension, cardiovascular disorder and diabetes 2.
Originally published July 13, 2019 by Dr Disha Sridhar