PCOD Problem: Solution with Homeopathy Treatment
Meet Sarah, a 31-year-old woman recently diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Before this diagnosis, Sarah never knew such a condition existed. When she was 13 years old, she had acne breakouts which she and her mother attributed to changes one goes through during puberty. Everyone told her to cut down on dairy which she did but there was no change. Since the acne was not so severe, Sarah never visited a doctor and hoped it would disappear.
When she turned 16, she started her periods but they only came a couple of times a year. Sarah didn’t see this as a problem because really, who likes periods? The less you see of them the better it is, right? Only in this case, it was a sign of a problem she had no idea about.
Fast forward, Sarah met the love of her life when she was 27 years old. She was ready to have children but that did not happen. After 3 years, she decided to see an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) to figure out what the problem was. After conducting a couple of tests, her OB-GYN told her she had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and that was the reason she couldn’t get pregnant and facing issue of female infertility.
Sarah represents a significant number of women who go on with life not knowing they have this condition and that it could hinder them from having children.
Another study showed that between 68%-69% of women suffering from PCOS hadn’t received a diagnosis which means they are unaware that they have the condition.
PCOS refers to a condition that disrupts how a woman’s ovaries function by producing too many male hormones (androgens) that form cysts and prevents ovulation.
When you are diagnosed with this condition, a doctor usually recommends being on the pills since it balances your hormones and can hence possibly rectify the situation. However, this doesn’t usually work for everyone. Some women faint after taking such pills, others have severe acne breakouts or significant weight gain.
Homeopathy offers women a chance to treat PCOS naturally without any of these side effects and that is what we will discuss today.
Homeopathic treatment for PCOD problem offers effective solution by correcting hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is the origin of PCOD problem. When your hormones are in order, you ovulation is regular, have a normal menstrual cycle and hence improve your chances of conceiving.
Each woman may experience different symptoms of PCOS (we’ll talk about them in detail later on) and homeopathy considers totality of symptoms. Thus homeopathic solution to PCOD problem is individualized treatment. That means you receive the treatment that is best suited for you.
Research shows that homeopathic treatment provide great results in women with PCOS. A study was conducted to determine the success rate of homeopathy on PCOS. 132 females from different parts of India participated in the study. These women were between the ages of 14 to 35. At the end of the study, 91 of them were fully healed, 23 were still under observation because they were showing signs of improvement, 14 of the women were not cooperative because they were in a hurry to conceive while 4 of them could not be treated because they had no hormones at all or were suffering from congenital abnormalities.
Two researchers Guzman-Gomez and Sanchez-Resendiz conducted a clinical study on 36 women with PCOS. Results showed that 30 of these females’ PCOS symptoms had disappeared after the study and their ovulation follicles were normal.
The Central Research Institute in Noida administered homeopathic treatment to a 22-year-old lady who had experienced irregular periods for 2 years. The patient had been on allopathic medicines before which didn’t work to regulate her cycle which was between 40-60 days or reduce the significant weight she had gained in the past year. She was 70 kgs at the time of the treatment. She was diagnosed with PCOS and later put on homeopathy. She was successfully treated. Her menses became regular and pelvic ultrasound showed that her follicle pattern was normal.
When you have polycystic ovary syndrome, often, numerous tiny sacs filled with fluid, form in your ovaries. That is where the term polycystic comes from as it means ‘many cysts.’ These sacs have eggs that never mature. This cause a huge dent to your chances of bringing about ovulation. When you don’t ovulate, getting pregnant is out of the picture.
PCOS can also be accompanied by developing additional male hormones which interfere with your periods, that is why you might not have them every month. All this is brought about by hormonal imbalance.
Many of us often consider no difference between the terms PCOD and PCOS. In reality, they are not exactly the same. Yes, these two conditions involve a woman’s ovaries and hormonal imbalance but that is where the similarity ends.
PCOS is a condition that disrupts how a woman’s ovaries function by producing too many male hormones (androgens) that form cysts and prevents ovulation. Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) on the other hand refers to a situation where a woman’s ovaries have eggs that are fully or partially immature. What happens then is the eggs develop into cysts. This process makes the ovaries expand and produce androgens which mess with a woman’s ability to conceive.
Several factors can lead to PCOD and examples include stress, being overweight, hormonal imbalance, and consuming lots of junk food.
PCOS is more serious than PCOD. When you engage in the right kind of exercise and diet, you can easily reverse PCOD while PCOS is not curable that easily. Additionally, having PCOS puts you at risk of serious health complications such as high blood pressure, endometrial cancer, and diabetes.
Women with PCOD can have normal ovulation which is not the case for those with PCOS. Thus, females with PCOD can still get pregnant and sometimes with some medical help but those with PCOS have significant fertility problems and are at a higher risk of miscarrying - 30-50% rate.
You can be diagnosed as having PCOD, if any two of the criteria mentioned below are identified.
- You are in your reproductive age and still experience absence of menstruation. This condition is called amenorrhea.
- Your ovaries are found to have developed cysts. Such ovaries are called polycystic ovaries.
- Your menses are irregular, and scanty. Often accompanied with blood. This condition is also called oligomenorrhea.
- You body is detected with excess level of male hormones, androgens. This condition is also called hyperandrogenism. Typical symptoms are: excessive hair loss, hair-thinning, acne, male pattern hair growth such as facial hair growth, etc.
There are different types of polycystic ovary syndrome and let’s have a look at them one by one. As important as it is to know which one you may have, don’t put too much emphasis on it because the symptoms may be similar for most of them. The best thing to do is get a proper diagnosis from a doctor or holistic practitioner then go from there.
Insulin-resistant PCOS is the most prevalent type of PCOS. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, it is highly likely that you are insulin resistant. Insulin resistance refers to a situation where the cells located in the fat, liver and muscles cannot use the glucose in your body to produce energy.
As a result, your pancreas keeps producing more insulin and so you end up with high levels of insulin which in turn causes the production of a excess of testosterone which interferes with your ovulation.
Smoking, consuming lots of sugar and trans fat and even pollution can lead to insulin-resistant PCOS.
This is the second most common type of PCOS after insulin-resistant. The birth control pill can repress ovulation and hence mess with your ability to get pregnant. Most of the time, these effects are usually reversed when you stop taking the pill, and thus you have your normal ovulation.
If you were having normal regular periods prior to using the pill and this changed then the pills might have been a possible cause to your PCOS.
Adrenal PCOS is often caused by stress. It’s also genetic in nature. When you are in a state of prolonged stress your body releases excess of male hormones, testosterones.
Adrenal PCOS is an elusive type of PCOS. It’s difficult to detect, and hence often goes unnoticed or neglected. Your insulin resistance and ovary functions may look normal. You might get troubled with weight-gain issues.
Stress, poor diet, and harmful substances in the environment can cause inflammation in your body which then stops ovulation, disrupts your hormones, and leads to the production of androgens.
Abnormal blood count, frequent headache, vitamin D deficiency, and skin allergies are some of the symptoms of this kind of PCOS.
Sometimes, you can develop PCOS from other diseases or complications that mess with your ovulation, hormones or worsen your insulin resistance. A good example is thyroid disease since it disrupts ovulation. Iodine deficiency can lead to PCOS since your ovaries require iodine to function well and the lack of it hinders them from doing their job of producing mature eggs to be fertilized.
It is important to note that you do not have to experience all the signs mentioned here. The symptoms vary from one female to another. Some experience mild ones while others have severe symptoms.
Irregular, missed, or heavy periods
A very important sign of PCOS you should watch out for is missing your periods or having them irregularly. This may happen because you may not be ovulating (which is one of the effects of PCOS) which means the uterine lining cannot shed monthly which is what we normally consider as periods.
Since you don’t get periods monthly, the lining of your uterus builds up for an extended time and so when it finally sheds and you can get abnormally heavy periods.
According to studies, about 80% of females suffering from PCOS are overweight. When you have high levels of the male androgen hormone (which is a characteristic of PCOS) the hormone makes you gain weight particularly around the abdomen. That is why your body may be apple-shaped instead of pear-shaped.
Since you have high levels of male hormones when having PCOS, it can make your skin oilier and the result is breakouts. The acne breakouts can appear on your chest, upper back, or face.
If you apply treatments for acne or visit a dermatologist but your breakouts refuse to clear, you may have PCOS and that’s why they don’t disappear because you are not treating the problem.
Hair growth in unusual places
If you have PCOS, you may have hair growing on areas like your chin or face. This is because you have a lot of male hormones and so hair appears on areas that men normally have them. This hair growth is referred to as hirsutism and is common among 70-80% of females with PCOS.
Thinning of hair
What happens when you have PCOS is that the male hormones give you some characteristics of men. For example, your hair may start thinning and falling out, similarly to what happens to men when they go bald.
The thinning usually happens on the top of your head and on your scalp.
PCOS can be accompanied by dark patches forming on parts of your body that have creases such as on your groin, under your arms or breasts, or on your neck.
Some women with PCOS experience frequent headaches caused by hormonal changes. If you have persistent migraine, it might be time to visit a doctor to get tested for PCOS.
Difficulty getting pregnant
Your chances of facing female infertility are higher if you have PCOS. If you have tried getting pregnant for some time without success, it is advisable to get tested because the culprit may be PCOS.
There are natural remedies you can use to manage the symptoms of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and they include the following:
We have already established that a majority of women with PCOS are overweight and we have also discussed how extra weight leads to insulin resistance and hence the production of more male hormones which interferes with your ovulation.
Losing weight can then reverse these effects by allowing your ovaries to work normally and also contributing to normal hormone production. Thus, some symptoms like growing hair in abnormal places will stop and your menstrual flow will also become normal.
According to research, losing 5-10% of your weight can make your symptoms better. For example, it can lower your resistance to insulin by 50%, make you more fertile, regulate your menstrual cycle and normal ovulation and also improve the health of your fetus when you get pregnant.
You can lose weight through diet and exercise. Engaging in physical activity can help keep your insulin and blood sugar low. Consequently, reduce your chances of getting diseases like diabetes caused by high sugar levels.
Some foods like sugar and carbohydrates increase your insulin and blood sugar and so staying away from them can help stabilize the two components. We’ll look at the diet that can help you manage PCOS later on in the article.
Use nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements and vitamins provide your body with the nutrients it needs and help in balancing your hormones, regulating your ovulation, and reducing your insulin resistance which all help in managing PCOS.
An excellent example of supplements you can try is omega-3. A study was conducted on 78 females who were put on 3 grams of omega-3 supplements every day. At the end of the study (it took 8 weeks), the women who were on the supplements had lower testosterone levels compared to those who were on placebo. Additionally, they had more regular periods compared to their counterparts.
Take regular meals
When you take huge gaps between your meals, it interferes with your metabolism. Your body thinks you are fasting and produces more insulin because you have less glucose, leading to more male hormones and the cycle continues.
It is advisable to consume five meals a day. You can have the regular 3 meals and then snacks in between if you want to stabilize your insulin levels.
Another benefit of eating regularly is that you can control your appetite because you don’t become too hungry. This prevents you from overeating which can lead to being overweight.
When you are stressed, your body reacts by releasing more testosterone which we are trying to avoid since that makes you more insulin resistant. So, stay away from stress if you want to relieve some of the symptoms of PCOS.
Although these solutions are natural, you should not prescribe yourself the remedies discussed. It is important to seek the opinion of a qualified health or holistic practitioner who deals with PCOS just to be sure that the remedy is safe for you.
For example, before going on a diet, it is vital to consult a dietician to avoid getting into over-restrictive diets that will make things worse.
Working with a practitioner will ensure you get the right dosage for example of the nutritional supplements. Also, the practitioner will give you a treatment that is specific to your needs and that is what homeopathy is all about.
Finally, natural remedies usually work slower than conventional medicine so give it some time.
Many elements contribute towards forming causes of PCOS. These are related to genetics, hormones, and lifestyle. These factors interfere with a woman’s hormones and the normal production and development of eggs in the ovary. However, researchers haven’t been able to pin specific causes of PCOS so far.
Several genes and mechanisms contribute to it and that’s why the symptoms also vary from one woman to another. However, if women in your family have PCOS, it puts you at a higher risk of developing the condition. However, no particular gene is identified that causes PCOS.
The University of Alabama conducted a study where they discovered that the mothers of approximately 24% of the females diagnosed with PCOS also had the condition. 32% of the females had at least one sister who had PCOS.
Between 65-75% of females battling PCOS also deal with resistance to insulin. Insulin turns the food you eat into sugar to give you energy. The pancreas produces the insulin that does this job. When you are resistant to insulin, it means your body is unable to send an adequate amount of glucose to your cells and so your pancreas produces more insulin. The additional insulin stimulates your ovaries to develop more testosterone or to shut down and that is where your problems with infertility start.
Studies reveal that the more weight you gain, the higher your chances of becoming insulin resistant which brings us back to having a lot of testosterone which disrupts or stops your ovulation. That is how it hinders pregnancy.
Both men and women have male hormones, which are referred to as androgens. However, men have higher levels of these hormones compared to women and examples include testosterone and androsterone.
When a woman’s body produces a higher amount of androgens, then she may start experiencing male characteristics like the growth of hair on the chin, gaining weight around the abdomen, and hair thinning. A woman can also experience irregular ovulation and periods because the excess male hormones can prevent her from ovulating or her eggs from developing properly.
Homeopathic medicine focuses on correcting hormonal imbalance that causes PCOS and PCOD. One of the reasons for its popularity is the fact that it does not have side effects. Below are some of the best homeopathic remedies for PCOS. These are prescribed depending on the symptoms a woman displays.
If your periods:
- Come in small amounts,
- After a long time gap,
- Are very painful,
- Come in a dark color or
- In the form of clots or
- You don’t have periods at all.
Then, pulsatilla is the medicine to take. It works by restoring your menses or making them regular. PCOS affects women differently and pulsatilla is also recommended when you never feel thirsty or you constantly want to be exposed to open air.
Practitioners prescribe this homeopathic medication more than any other when it comes to treating PCOS/PCOD. This is because its benefits are numerous. It is recommended for women:
- With short or irregular periods,
- Inflamed ovaries that have fluid-filled cysts,
- Facial hair,
- A bearing down feeling in one’s pelvic and
- Irritability, and indifference towards loved ones.
Sepia regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle and reduces the growth of hair in abnormal places for a woman.
A practitioner can recommend Thuja if a woman:
- Has facial hair,
- Scanty or retarded periods,
- Lots of cysts in the ovaries which lead to pain on the left ovary when they are on their periods.
This medicine breaks down cysts and any unusual growth taking place in the body including hair growth in uncommon parts of a woman’s body.
Some women with PCOD and PCOS experience stinging pains in their ovaries. In some cases, the uterine and abdomen area also becomes tender. Some women cannot stand heat when they have these conditions and summertime is a nightmare. Others start swelling in different parts of the body. Apis Mellifica treats all these symptoms.
If you find yourself suddenly loathing tight clothes and you have PCOS, Lachesis is the medicine you should be prescribed. Other problems that this homeopathic medication takes care of include having short periods that are almost non-existent in quantity and abdominal pain that usually stop once your period starts. In some cases, people become jealous and also cannot stay on one topic for long. Instead, they shift topics all the time.
Hirsutism refers to a condition that results in women growing hair in parts of the body that men usually have hair. For example, the hair can be on the chest, chin, back, or face. This hair is normally dark and coarse and not soft the way a woman’s hair is.
Various factors can lead to hirsutism and examples include changes caused by menopause, too much androgen in the body, or disorders connected to a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands.
Since polycystic ovary syndrome is associated with too much production of androgens, it can lead to hirsutism and so when you use homeopathic remedies to treat PCOS then it gets rid of hirsutism.
When you visit a homeopath, she considers all the other symptoms you have, your family history, previous medications you’ve had, and your physical look so she can know which type of PCOS you have. Then, the practitioner will give you homeopathic remedies that are specific to your case. More often than not, this will lead to hormonal balance, normal functioning of your ovaries and glands, and lower your androgen levels. You will notice the hair reducing as you continue with treatment.
If you have PCOS and you experience skin issues or unwanted hair on your neck, chin, face, or back, then thuja will help to alleviate these issues.
Oleum Jecoris Aselli
This medicine is recommended for women who grow hair on their faces. It works by regulating a woman’s hormones and how the sex organs function and so prevents the production of high levels of the male hormones that cause the growth of unwanted hair.
This homeopathic remedy suppresses male characteristics in females and prevents the growth of hair in unusual areas of one’s body. Thus, it is perfect for treating hirsutism. Additionally, it regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle hence improving her chances of getting pregnant.
Can homeopathy help you lose weight if you have PCOS? The answer is yes and it does this in different ways.
Through the homeopathic medication
When you are diagnosed with PCOS and a homeopath studies your case, she will prescribe holistic medication. Some of these medicines will help you shed some extra pounds. Let’s look at them.
- Calcarean Carbonica: When you gain a lot of fat around your stomach and your metabolism is low, you end up being overweight since your body cannot burn the fat properly. Calcarean Carbonica helps you lose weight in this case or when you have thyroid problems since this also leads to obesity.
- Nat-Mur: This homeopathic medicine helps women who have a lot of fat on their thighs and buttocks to lose weight.
- Sepia: Besides all the uses of Sepia outlined above, it also helps lose weight in women suffering from PCOS who have become obese.
When you get started on the journey of treating PCOS or PCOD using homeopathy, your homeopath will emphasize on adopting healthy habits such as exercise and dieting. This is because they work hand in hand with homeopathic remedies to produce better results.
Exercising has so many benefits. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, which saves you from many overweight-related health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. When it comes to managing PCOS and improving your chances of conceiving, exercise helps regulate your insulin levels hence reduce the production of male hormones and also improves your ovulation.
Exercise may sound so serious so just think of it as any physical activity whether it’s jogging, swimming, or at-home workouts. Just move your body. 😊
Dieting improves your insulin metabolism, and lowers the number of androgens in your body, therefore, allowing your ovaries to function optimally. We’ll look at the relationship between diet and PCOS in detail in the next section and the foods you should eat when you have this condition.
Appropriate diet helps fight PCOS. It can regulate your insulin levels and consequently manage your weight. Therefore, the foods you should be thinking about are those:
- That provide you with the nutrients your body needs,
- Helps you maintain a healthy weight, and
- Controls the amount of insulin you have which improves your fertility.
Below is the list of foods that can be of great help in managing PCOS.
Low glycemic foods
The reason you want to get on a low glycemic diet is that it doesn’t raise your insulin levels as high as other types of foods. This means that you won’t struggle with the effects of high androgen levels like disrupted ovulation.
Examples of foods in this category include fruits like apples and berries, green vegetables (e.g, cabbage and spinach), whole grains, nuts, kidney beans, lentils, and potatoes.
High protein diet
A six-month study was conducted on women with PCOS to determine the effects of a diet consisting of more proteins than carbohydrates. The study started with 57 women but 30 dropped out because of pregnancy and other reasons. Out of the remaining 27 women, the ones who were on a high protein diet lost more weight than their counterparts. Their waists were also smaller.
High protein diet is great for women with PCOS as it helps in managing weight.
Inflammation reducing foods
Since we’ve established that inflammation contributes to PCOS (under the section for types of PCOS), eating foods that reduce inflammation can help reverse the problem. Examples of these foods are kale, foods like sardines that contain omega-3 fatty acids, spinach, and fruits.
The foods you should stay away from are those that promote inflammation (an example is processed meat), anything that will increase your blood sugar levels, and an example is sugary beverages like soda (these contain chemicals that can harm your gut microbiome), and refined carbohydrates like white bread and white rice since your body does not process carbohydrates well if you have PCOS.
If you are diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome or Polycystic Ovarian Disease, it’s not the end of the world. You can choose to treat these conditions with natural remedies that do not leave you with any side effects. If you suspect that you may be having PCOS or PCOD after reading this article, it’s best to get checked so you can know how to proceed. The women who choose homeopathy for PCOS or PCOD, do so because they understand that the holistic treatment eliminates the root cause of the issue and doesn’t only focus on the externally visible symptoms. Although, we have provided some guidance in terms of the homeopathic medications used, we highly recommend you see an expert homeopath instead of engaging in self-diagnosis. Yes, you might need to make some lifestyle changes like changing your diet or exercising but the systematic treatments improve your quality of life.
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|Dr. Sanchita Dharne, recognized as the best homeopathic doctor in Gurgaon, is an expert for homeopathic treatment of PCOD problem. She is an ardent follower of classical homeopathy. She believes in stimulating natural healing mechanism of body.|