Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common problem for females ,associated with abnormal production and function of hormones. PCOD is one of the most common factors responsible for various health-related issues like weight gain, insulin resistance, excessive hair growth, acne, weight gain, balding or thinning of head hair, and irregular periods.
The biggest issues in case of PCOD is serious complications during pregnancy. Women with PCOS struggle to get pregnant, if it remains asymptomatic or untreated, it might be impossible to conceive the baby. However, proper diagnosis, management, and treatment can make it possible to get a healthy and safe pregnancy. Take a deep look at how PCOD is a serious problem especially in case of pregnancy.
What is PCOD?
In case of Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), or Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, the production of male hormones androgen increases in females and is responsible for prolonged functional abnormalities of the ovaries. It usually affects women after one or more pregnancies during child-bearing stages and completely disturbs the menstrual cycles.
The exact cause of PCOD is still not clear, but some common problems are believed to be associated and responsible for PCOS like genetics, hormonal imbalance due to any reason, excessive insulin secretion, obesity, overgrowth or inflammation of other associated organ(s), and prolonged type 2 diabetes etc.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOD and Pregnancy:
Females with PCOD are at very high risk of facing some serious complications during pregnancy like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, premature birth, and even miscarriage.
In the case of PCOS, the chances of normal delivery also diminish significantly, due to the larger than the expected size of the baby.
In case you get pregnant while suffering from PCOD, you have a great risk of giving birth to a dead infant, or it can die even after the birth. If the baby is delivered in healthy conditions, it is very important to admit to a newborn intensive care unit.
Why is PCOD a Serious Problem during Pregnancy?
The complete act of pregnancy is not easy at all, and a pregnant woman needs serious care. Every action of the mother from eating and drinking, to physical work, directly affects the baby. When you are pregnant, your body goes through frequent hormonal changes, and if these changes are, disturbed due to any reason, you can face some serious problems during the pregnancy. As PCOD is caused due to abnormal production and function of androgen hormones, it can also affect the production and regulation of other necessary hormones as well. In this way, PCOS is a serious threat to pregnancy especially if it remains asymptomatic or untreated.
PCOD and Infertility:
There is a strong connection between PCOD and infertility; particularly when there are no symptoms or the condition remained, untreated for very long. Excessive levels of androgen prevent the release of eggs from the ovary and diminish the chances of pregnancy. In 20 to 25 % of cases of PCOD, the women face infertility.
If you are, diagnosed with PCOS and wants a healthy and safe pregnancy, you must take the following steps to increase your chances.
Control Your Weight: Controlling your body weight is one of the most important steps in your efforts to have a pregnancy. Weight control is of course very important even when you are not facing any other health issue, but it becomes even more important in case of PCOD.
Change in Lifestyle: Healthy eating with the addition to carbohydrates and fibers can be very helpful, regular mild exercise is also very effective, and constant monitoring of ovulation and timing of sexual intercourse is also pretty much important.
If you are not noticing significant changes even after making some adjustments to your lifestyle; consult your doctor and ask for the fertility tests and get medications and treatments accordingly.
If the medication doesn’t work; your doctor might suggest you for the surgery to remove the tiny overgrowth causing excess production of the androgen hormones.
Is PCOD Curable?
It is pretty much curable, especially in initial stages. In some cases; if PCOD remains asymptomatic; the prognosis is very bad, and it is almost impossible to cure PCOS with medication or therapy. Surgical excision is the only option in such cases.
If we talk about the allopathic system of medicine; it is, proved curable for various symptoms; associated with PCOD like irregular periods, excess hair, increased blood sugar level, acne etc. Infertility treatments are helpful for women who want to get pregnant even with PCOS. If medication is not enough to reduce the overgrowth or ovarian cysts, surgical removal is the only option; but in some cases, reoccurrence of growth and cysts is also, noticed.
Most of the PCOD cases are, curable under homoeopathic treatment. The biggest advantage of going for homoeopathic treatment is there is no negative reaction. Prolonged consistent homoeopathic treatment for 3 to 4 months can completely cure the PCOS. There are some excellent homoeopathic medicines like Pulsatilla, Calcarea Carbonica, Natrum Mur, Sepia, and Thuja Occidentalis etc. Never start taking any medicine by yourself without proper consultation from a qualified homoeopathic physician.
The PCOD is not something new in medical science, and it is curable especially with homoeopathic treatment. Allopathic treatment is also very effective in reducing symptoms associated with PCOS; it can make Pregnancy not only possible but pretty much safe as well. If you are facing some symptoms like irregular periods, heavy bleeding, inability to conceive etc.; it is high time to get a consultation from your doctor for proper diagnosis, investigation, and treatment.