Poly Cystic Ovarian Diseases (PCOD) Introduction
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition and this disease is on a rise affecting around 5% to 10% of women in reproductive age group (12–45 years).
It can be termed as a hormonal disease arising from hormonal imbalance. The basic reason for which patients come for treatment is irregular periods with difficulty to conceive or infertility.
On investigation features such as multiple cysts are seen in the ovaries without ovulation. Other features such as acne and hirsutism are commonly seen. If left untreated it may lead to insulin resistant diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol levels.
Homeopathic treatment of PCOS is tailored to the individual patients, having a constitutional approach. Homeopathic treatment takes into account the presenting complaints as well as physical, emotional and genetic history which individualizes the case. Homeopathic medicines aim at restoring the hormonal imbalance thereby increasing the chances of pregnancy significantly.
What Causes PCOS / PCOD?
PCOS has a familial tendency, so the chance of developing it is higher if other women in the family have PCOS, irregular periods, or diabetes.
Ovaries are the female reproductive organs which secrete hormones and releases eggs for possible fertilization. In normal condition, the ovaries secrete female sex hormones and a tiny amount of male sex hormones which helps to regulate the normal development of eggs in the ovaries during each menstrual cycle.
In Polycystic ovarian syndrome this balance is lost and the ovaries start secreting male hormones more than normal. This imbalance leads to stoppage of ovulation. This imbalance is also responsible for other symptoms like acne and extra facial or body hairs.
In normal conditions the eggs are situated in sacs called as follicles within the ovaries. During each menstrual cycle one or more eggs are released from these sacs for possible fertilisation and it is called as ovulation.
In pcos, the process of egg maturity is retarded and follicles do not mature, hence do not release from the ovaries. They form very small cysts in the ovaries.
Signs and Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) / PCOD
The females having following symptoms must always get themselves tested for PCOS.
At first, the symptoms may be mild with a gradual increase in complaints.
- The first and foremost important symptom is fertility problem that is trouble getting pregnant.
- Irregular periods mostly delayed menses. Some have heavy bleeding during menses. Most commonly females with PCOS have only 8-9 periods in a year.
- Development of pimples or acne on face and back.
- Gradual weight gain and difficulty in reducing weight even after efforts.
- Hirsutism, excess hair on face and body.
- Hair fall with thinning of hair on the scalp.
- Mood changes commonly ending with depression.
Investigation of PCOS
Common investigations are
- Blood sugar levels,
- Thyroid profile test,
- .Ultrasound of the abdomen and pelvis are enough to diagnose this condition.
Sometimes serum androgens, luteinizing hormone, and other hormone estimations may be required.
Homeopathic Treatments for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Homeopathic treatment of PCOS is tailored to the individual patients need. Having a prescription based on constitutional approach gives better results. Homeopathic treatment takes into account the presenting complaints as well as physical, emotional and genetic history which individualizes the case.
Homeopathic medicines aim at restoring the hormonal imbalance thereby increasing the chances of conception significantly.
Homeopathic medicines also help in regularising menses, lowering of blood glucose levels and treatment of acne.
Homeopathic medicines also help in arresting the disease process which prevents endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer.
Tip - Losing weight at least 5 to 10% of total body weight is always helpful and has shown to improve hormonal imbalance and reversing infertility.
Our Case Studies
I was cured for my PCOD problem within 1 year of treatment.
This case is of Miss Shraddha Rane, 27 years old female from Mumbai who came to visit Dr. Bhalchandra Raval before this website was formed, in fact, this platform was in the making. Shraddha came to us with reference from our old patient. Initially, when she came she had a lot of questions to ask about homeopathy and its efficacy. All her questions were aptly answered to her satisfaction then her case was recorded.Read More
She was suffering from delayed menses since the age of ten years to be diagnosed to have PCOD after a long time. Initially, she was treated with a lot of hormonal pills, gradually she used to get her periods only after taking pills. Whenever she used to get periods it was heavy flow lasting for a week or more. She decided to get herself investigated and USG pelvis confirmed the diagnosis.
She had delayed menses as well as gradual weight gain. She developed acne as well as excess hair on the face. While recording her general symptoms we found out that she had excessive sweating and lethargy. She was an outspoken person and slowly she became irritable to small issues in life. She mentioned that I feel frustrated easily. All her symptoms were properly assessed and we started treatment for her.
2 months medicines were prescribed for her. After 2 months follow-up she did not get her periods which made her worried but proper counseling from Dr. Raval made her continue with the medicines.
Her case was reassessed and another batch of medicines was given to her. Within 15 days she informed over the phone that she got her periods. She was advised to continue the medicines as these were not just hormonal pills but well selected homeopathic medicines to regularise the menses as well as to reduce the pcod.
In the next visit, she was more energetic and fresh and she described that she feels fantastic and can concentrate better on her job. She was now more positive about the outcome of treatment.
By this time our patient support system was developed and she was given her login details to communicate with us.
She gave her next follow-up through our support system and got her medicines delivered at her home.
In 1 year of regular treatment, she was completely better. She gets her periods regularly without any medication.
She readily accepted to give us a voice testimonial which we are grateful and respect her decision not to use her photograph.