YOGA CAN ASSIST IN PCOS TREATMENT
The modern woman lives a hectic lifestyle which tends to take a toll on her health and well-being. There has been a sharp increase in gynaecological disorders like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), endometriosis, uterine prolapse, infertility issues and the like in recent times. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, lack of sleep and exercise, and genetics contribute to these endocrine disorders. Yoga can help establish equilibrium in the body and set a fine balance between the body and mind.
A common problem – PCOS
Millions of women in the childbearing age group around the world are affected by PCOS today. It is a condition in which there is an imbalance in female sex hormones- progesterone, estrogen and androgen. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts (benign masses on the ovaries). PCOS can lead to weight gain, irregular periods, acne, hirsutism (excessive hair growth on face, chest, back and abdomen), insulin resistance (diabetes), and infertility. Women may conceive with much difficulty but there is an increased risk of miscarriages. Women suffering from PCOS also experience mood swings and depression. A healthy diet, good sleep cycle and regular exercise can help deal with PCOS. One must speak to a gynaecologist for proper advise and medication.
Weight loss is essential
Obesity is common among women suffering from PCOS. Majority of women tend to gain heavy weight around the waist and abdominal area. This increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea. Women may tend to overeat due to the mood swings. Research says that losing just 10-20% of weight can improve a woman’s health and help her conceive. A combination of medical assistance, healthy diet and regular exercise can help reduce weight and decease the other risks associated with PCOS. In some cases, women do not gain weight though the insulin levels are high. However, other symptoms like acne, hirsutism, and irregular periods are clearly present.
Yoga improves metabolism. The yoga postures and breathing techniques help in reducing fat and losing weight. Specific postures can help keep the uterine, pelvic and groin muscles flexible and relaxed reducing pain and discomfort. Inverted postures help immensely in gynaecological issues. They must be practised under the able guidance of a teacher and initially, a wall or chair can serve as support.
Research has shown that yoga is the best way to counter the erratic hormonal changes that lead to PCOS. It can also improve the reproductive functions by reducing stress and balancing the neuro-hormonal profile. Stress is reduced to a large extent which is important to regain hormonal balance. Thus, women are better equipped to deal with gynaecological disorders and can help themselves regain health and balance.