PCOS expanded as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a lifestyle disorder that is affecting more than 80% of the urban women today. I always knew what it was because of the internet but had never really had a talk with an expert about it. I had a lot of misconceptions regarding PCOS, that was cleared when I went for a blogger session with VLCC Wellness Centre. That one session helped me understand the issue so much better – and I still feel like I have only scratched the surface and have so much more to understand.
What Causes PCOS?
But I wanted to write about it here in the hope of enlightening some of you. So what is PCOS and how does it affect women? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance disorder that affects the ovaries. In a nut shell a woman’s body is controlled by 2 hormones – Oestrogen and Progesterone – both of which are produced during certain period of your monthly cycle. If there is a reduction in either one of those hormones, it will lead to hormonal imbalance which in turn leads to formation of cysts in your ovaries which will then lead to a slew of unwanted physical symptoms.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Some of those symptoms include cystic acne, hair loss, unwanted hair growth in places where hair is not supposed to grow, weight gain and in some cases irregular periods. If you constantly get cystic acne, especially around your chin area, you might be suffering from PCOS. If you gained a lot of weight in a short period of time, you might be suffering from PCOS. If you have hair growth on your chin, you might be suffering from PCOS. If you have irregular periods, you guessed it right; you might be suffering from PCOS.
How can you treat PCOS?
First step towards treatment would be to meet with an expert. At VLCC there are doctors that deal with PCOS with superior expertise. You see, PCOS is not just a dermatological issue or a gynecological issue; it is a lifestyle issue that affects skin, hair, weight and ovaries. It requires expertise from all those fields and VLCC offers all that under one roof. The first thing they will do is run tests to ensure that you are indeed suffering from PCOS and not thyroid. Once they are sure of it, they will suggest a slew of lifestyle changes to get your hormones to work normally. And if your condition is severe, they might put you on birth control to induce synthetic hormones in your body.
Some of the lifestyle changes you can do yourself to treat your condition would be to exercise more often, include some super foods like almonds, buttermilk, flax seeds and fish in your diet while avoiding negative foods that will aggravate you condition like sugar, chocolates, caffeine and cheese. Go on a low carb, high protein diet. I have read on the internet that dairy causes acne. I tried avoiding it completely for 2 years but found no difference to how my skin reacted. In fact, some of the probiotic dairy like curds and buttermilk is essential for your diet because they help build your gut immunity.
Reducing weight will help your condition to a large extent, so do everything in your power to ensure you don’t pile on pounds. If you already have put on weight, do everything in your power to ensure that you reduce your weight. It’s difficult but not impossible. The main thing to remember is that you are not alone. 8 out of 10 women these days suffer from some form of PCOS. I for instance get cystic acne around my chin area and it drives me crazy!
Apart from helping you with your weight and skin issues, VLCC also provides a slew of groundbreaking cosmetological solutions. They are known to bring cutting edge cosmetology to India such as vampire facial which makes use of your own blood to treat aging skin and hair, DNA slimming where they will provide customized slimming solutions based on your DNA, cellular matrix, microdermabrasion and peels, Botox, meso therapy, fillers, etc.