Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is also known as Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD/ Stein-Leventhal syndrome. It is a common hormonal system disorder occurring in women of reproductive age which causes set of symptoms include late or no periods, heavy bleeding during periods, growth of facial hair, acne, weight gain/ obesity, pain in the pelvic region and difficulty in conception or getting pregnant. If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances. Homeopathic treatment of PCOS is the best treatment because it has no side effects.
What are hormones, and what happens in PCOS?
Hormones are chemical messengers that trigger many different processes, including growth and energy production. The hormonal system of human beings is so designed by nature that one hormone triggers the release of another hormone and so on. Therefore deficiency or excess of a particular hormone can cause imbalance in many other hormones too.
Normally, the ovaries make a little amount of male sex hormones (androgens). In PCOS, they start making slightly more androgens. This causes stoppage of ovulation, get acne, and grow extra facial and body hair.
What causes PCOS?
The exact cause of PCOS is not known. It has been observed that-
– PCOS seems to run in families it means that the chances of you having it increase if someone in your family had it.
– Obesity or being overweight is also increases chance of PCOS.
– Presence of diabetes or insulin resistance is also known to induce PCOS.
What are the symptoms?
- Irregular or delayed menstrual periods
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
- Chronic anovulation
- Oligomenorrha mean less menstrual bleeding
- Obesity/ weight gain is present in nearly half of all women with PCOS.
- PCOS may cause Infertility in reproductive women.
- Excess hair growth-Hair is commonly seen on the upper lip, chin, around the nipples, and in lower abdomen.
- Some patients have acne and/or male-pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia).
- Excess of androgen hormone causes acne.
- Hyper androgenism clinically manifests as excess terminal body hair in a male distribution
pattern- A few patients may also have increased muscle mass, deepening voice, and/or clitoromegaly due to excessive androgens.
How is PCOS diagnosed?
There’s no specific test to definitively diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome. The diagnosis is one of exclusion, which means your doctor considers all of your signs and symptoms and then rules out other possible disorders.
During your physical exam, your doctor will note several key pieces of information, including your height, weight and blood pressure.
To measure the levels of several hormones to exclude possible causes of menstrual abnormalities or androgen excess that mimic PCOS. Additional blood testing may include fasting cholesterol and triglyceride levels and a glucose tolerance test, in which glucose levels are measured while fasting and after drinking a glucose-containing beverage.
- An ultrasound exam can show the appearance of your ovaries and the thickness of the lining of your uterus.
How is it treated?
Lifestyle and home remedies
Regular exercise, healthy foods, and weight control are the key treatments for PCOS. Treatment can reduce unpleasant symptoms and help prevent long-term health problems.
- Keep your weight in check. Weight loss can reduce both insulin and androgen levels and may restore ovulation.
- Consider dietary changes.Prefer a low-carbohydrate which are high in fiber.
- Be active.Exercise helps in keeping weight under control.
- Quit smoking because, women who smoke have higher androgen levels that may contribute to PCOS symptoms.
What are the Complications of PCOS
Some of the conditions that are likely to develop in untreated PCOS, more so in obese patients are as follows-
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Infertility – A common complication is the inability to conceive. In some cases, patients do manage to conceive but are unable to carry the pregnancy.
- Uterine cancer
- Sleep Apnoea – Disturbance in respiration or breathing during sleep is also seen in some patients.
- Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis — a severe liver inflammation caused by fat accumulation in the liver
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Is Homeopathy treats PCOS or PCOD completely?
Homeopathy treatment for PCOS is a best option, because Homeopathy treats and cures the root cause of the problem. Homeopathy believes that the human body has internal power to fight the diseases for keeping its disease free. Therefore Homeopathy tries to restore the balance of that vitality. Once the vitality regains its original balance, it is able to nurse itself back to health without any external aid. Homeopathic treatment for polycystic ovarian syndrome is very safe and free from any side effect. The complete cure by of PCOS by homeopathic treatment is a time-consuming process and it cannot be expected in a few days so patient should keep patience. It requires complete observation regarding the change of symptoms in the patient and frequent clinical follow-ups.
Homeopathic remedies work on correcting hormonal imbalances, regularizing ovulation, restoring menstrual normalcy. Some proponents of homeopathy also claim that it helps in dissolving the cysts to eliminate the need for hormone therapy and surgery.
Homeopathic remedies for PCOS-
During treatment of PCOS/PCOD in homeopathy no two women would be suggested to take the same medication because every woman with PCOD/PCOS has different type of symptoms which need an individualistic approach.
Given below medicines are just indicative and there are many other medicines that can and do cure this problem. The exact prescription of the right medicine depends on the individual symptoms of the patient. Homeopathic treatment of PCOS is a complicated task and it should be best if you left it to an experienced homeopathic doctor.
When there are stinging pains in the ovarian region, Apis Mellifica is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for PCOD. The stinging pains are more likely to be accompanied by tenderness over abdomen and uterine region. This medicine is made from the honey bee and its characteristic pains are also like the sting of a honey bee. The right side is more likely to be affected. There may even be oedematous swellings of various body parts.
When the menses are late or delayed and are scanty, Pulsatilla is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for PCOD. The patient is usually thirstless and takes little water. The general temperament of the patient is mild, gentle and yielding. Pulsatilla is often suited to young girls in whom the problem starts at puberty itself.
When the patient has bearing down pains from the back and abdomen, Sepia is one of the best homeopathic remedies for PCOS. There is a feeling of a “ball” like sensation in the inner parts. The menses are irregular. In some cases they are too late and scanty while in others they are early and profuse. There may be yellowish or greenish leucorrhea. The mental temperament of the patient is such that she is irritable and indifferent.
When there is aversion or intolerance to anything being worn a little tight, Lachesis is one of the best Homeopathic remedies for PCOD. Most of the problems are on the left side only. The menses are too short and flow is feeble. There are pains in the abdomen which are relieved after the flow starts.
When there is constipation along with other symptoms, Graphites is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for PCOS. The patient is often of a stout build or is fat. She cannot tolerate cold and is always feeling chilly. The menses are too late and are pale and scanty