World PCOS Awareness Month: Habits To Adapt; Myths To Avoid
The month of September is observed as the world PCOS awareness month. The word PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormone, a genetic, reproductive and metabolic disorder in women. The month is observed as PCOS awareness month to raise awareness about PCOS and to change the lifestyle that can lead to PCOS. Since there has been no cure for PCOS till now, you can only change your lifestyle and consume hormone balancing foods in order to keep PCOS at bay. However, you must be aware about what exactly is PCOS!
PCOS Or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Generally, a healthy women’s ovary releases an egg around the 15th day of the period, but in the case of a woman suffering from PCOS, the egg is trapped inside the ovary, and a bubble-like structure known as a cyst is formed. Over time, many such cysts are formed in the ovary due to PCOS. This hormonal disorder then leads to many other health issues, like acne, irregular menstruation cycle, excessive hair loss, difficulty in conceiving a child and obesity.
Can You Prevent PCOS?
Well, PCOS can be caused due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. The environmental factors include lack of sleep, excessive consumption of junk food, stress, and no exercise, somewhat like a sedentary lifestyle. Since PCOS can be genetic, if your mother or sister is suffering from PCOS, you are likely to suffer from PCOS as well. However, changing your lifestyle and consuming hormone balancing foods can keep PCOS at bay or at least improve the condition if you are suffering from the disorder.
Here Are Some Ways By Which You Can Manage The Condition Naturally:
- Take less stress
- You can add some supplements like omega 3 fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B complex, chromium etc., to your diet. However, consult a gynaecologist before consuming them.
- Work out for at least 30 mins a day.
- Get 6-7 hours of sleep daily.
- Add some herbal products to your routine.
- Cut down on junk food.
- Consume foods that balance hormones in females. Do some research on how to balance female hormones, and then consult your gynaecologist before adopting them.
This World PCOS Awareness Month also calls for some common myths surrounding the hormonal disorder to get busted!
- Thinner people can’t get PCOS – It’s as nonsense as it sounds! Always focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and never go for those crash diets.
- PCOS has nothing to do with mental health – Well, your stress and anxiety levels can actually worsen the PCOS condition, so mental health does have a lot to do with PCOS.