Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or POS is becoming a popular female health issue these days as it involves many other disorders that mainly affect fertility. For women who are planning to get pregnant, this is considered an alarming diagnosis that needs to be treated right away. POS, in its simpler explanation is a hormonal imbalance of estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body. In turn, a variety of health issues arise such as growth of ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual period, obesity, acne etc.
In Singapore, an estimated number of diagnosed POS cases reached to 108,847 according to health grades. Although the ultimate cause of POS has not been determined, it is believed to be affected by unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet and environmental toxic. Fortunately, there are natural and effective ways to combat POS especially if you want to improve your chances of bearing a child. Most of these remedies are found in your kitchen and are inexpensive of course, compared to medical treatments.
- POS Fertility Diet
POS is accompanied by an insulin resistance problem. It can negatively affect the process of egg maturity and thus may delay ovulation. Now this has much to say with a woman’s ability to conceive or become fertile. To keep well-balanced insulin, you must consume adequate amounts of protein and carbohydrates. Avoid processed kinds; instead go for sprouted and whole grain products such as brown rice, buckwheat or millet. Keep in mind to buy organic, including your meats. You may also refer to your local whole foods store or market.
- A spoon of apple cider vinegar
Another way to tone down insulin resistance is to consume apple cider vinegar. You can start by taking at least 2 teaspoons before meals every day.
- Drink more water
One of the main essences of water is its ability to flush out toxins and other harmful elements in our body that can contribute to hormonal imbalance. It is recommended to drink 10 rather than just 8 glasses of water each day if you have PCOS.
- Get some exercise
Shedding off fats and losing weight is very important especially for women with PCOS as researchers found that it also improves insulin sensitivity. Spare time for at least 30 minutes every day just to sweat out toxins. You can find the type of exercise that you enjoy doing such as Zumba, treadmill or walking. Make sure you don’t exercise more than what you can manage as excessive work out could make your adrenal glands overwork and, in turn, may even negatively affect your POS. Remember that a healthy weight can help you lift off PCOS even with no medical interventions, your body will go back to its normal cycle such as balanced levels of androgen and restoration of ovulation while regulating menstruation period.
Polycystic syndrome is accompanied by various women’s health issues that become complex in time if the condition is left untreated. Always bear in mind that a regular checkup or monitoring reproductive health with your obstetrics-gynecologist is essential, as well as improving your lifestyle and following proper guidelines in reducing other health risks. It is also important to keep any pregnancy plan on track, have confidence in what you do as only you can change your situation!