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Don’t Let PCOD Get The Better Of You.

The world is changing. Confined within your homes, there’s a lack of exercise, changes in your daily routines and cycles and a lot of stress.

While that might not be breaking news for you, yet, these changes can have a profound impact on your health. Before we begin what we are set out to talk about, here are a few questions that will help this exercise better.

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Are you trying a diet, but you see no impact on your recent weight gain?

Look at the mirror closely. Do you see fine hair on your face?

Is your mood swinging from one extreme to another, forcing you into a mini quarantine of your own?

Is your period arriving in time, or does it seem to have a mind of its own?

Take your time before you answer.

If you have answered a ‘yes’ to some questions, you might initially dismiss them off as a periodic thing. The lack of exercise and the lack of grooming centres in the current situation could be one reason. But, there could be something bigger that these occurrences might indicate.

Several of these questions are actually some direct symptoms of a condition called PCOD/PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Disease/Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You might have heard about these terms as they are a very common condition.

Understanding PCOD

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Regular periods are suggestive of good reproductive health. But, there are many women who do not get their periods regularly. While normal cycles can be between 21 to 35 days, there are several women who have irregular periods. While not knowing when your period will arrive in itself is a big challenge, what’s more challenging about that situation is the fact that it could very well be indicative of PCOD.

PCOD is a condition in which one or both the ovaries are enlarged and have cysts or fluid filled sacs. While a normal ovary is small and has cervices because of ovulation, a PCOD affected ovary would be larger and smooth because of the lack of ovulation. This typically happens when there is a hormonal imbalance, causing the male hormone androgen to be higher in the body.

Would You Have It?

PCOD is a very common condition and there are chances that you might have it. There are several things on which this could be dependent.

  • Hectic lifestyle: This is one of the most common scenarios these days. A hectic lifestyle can throw your routine off gear. Eating at the wrong time, consuming the wrong type of food, sleeping late and sleeping less -- all these tip the hormones in your body off.
  • Stress: Who doesn’t have stress, you would ask. A reasonable amount of stress is alright and your body is equipped to handle it. But, beyond a certain point, stress is notoriously known to have detrimental impacts on so many factors of your health - the reproductive system included.
  • Genetics: If someone close in your family tree has had PCOD, you might have inherited that from them. Therefore, if your sister, or mother, aunt or even grandmother has had it, it’s best to go for regular gyno check-ups so that you are in the clear.

What To Do If You Have PCOD?

If you have been diagnosed with PCOD, remember that it’s a fairly common condition. However, it certainly doesn’t mean that you ignore it or let the problem take care of itself. The first step you need to take is to consult with your gynaecologist and schedule a detailed check. You will need to understand the severity of the problem so that you are advised the next steps to take.

The first step your doctor would suggest is to take further tests. Once they have all the diagnostic test reports, they will recommend a course of action. You will be put on medications for your hormones and to regularise your periods. Your progress will be monitored and further steps will be suggested thereafter.

Why Is This Important?

PCOD can impair your chances of getting pregnant. You might already be planning a family, or might have plans for the future, or might not even have thought about it. No matter what stage you are in, it’s essential that your reproductive organs are in the best shape. Having PCOD is certainly the opposite. PCOD is also known to have several other unpleasant impacts on you.

These include weight-gain, oily skin, pimples, unwanted hair growth, irregular periods, of course and even extreme mood swings. Even though these might all seem like smaller problems in isolation, they can cause severe body image issues that have the potential to impact your mental health as well.

The question is, why suffer when help is just a click away? At the Birthplace, you can book your appointment online and visit our renowned gynaecologists at your convenience. With rich experience that’s focused on your comfort, you will feel at home when you interact with our doctors.

Don’t let PCOD impact your life. Seek help. We are always there for you.

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