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PCOD Brewing Trouble in Your Married Life? These Could Be the Reasons.

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POV: You told someone that you’ve been having irregular periods for a while now.

Them: Shaadi karlo, sab theek ho jayega! 

The ignorance, even though its unintentional, is glaringly obvious. Marriage in Indian society is considered a magic potion that cures all that you suffer from.

You might experience irregular periods or PCOD even after marriage. In fact, some studies suggest factors related to marriage might even be the originating causes responsible for PCOD.

Polycystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD is a very common disease among women globally. Over one in five women in India suffer from PCOD and most likely, they’re not aware of it.

In a perfectly normal menstrual cycle, two ovaries alternatively release mature eggs each month, one after the other. However, for a woman with PCOD, the ovaries release immature eggs which are not yet ready to be fertilised. These immature eggs will go on to develop into cysts, little sacs filled with fluids.

Due to the presence of these cysts, the ovaries become enlarged and start secreting androgens (a male hormone) in excess. These leads to abnormal weight gain, male pattern hair loss and irregular periods, due to which getting pregnant becomes hard. In extreme cases, this can even lead to infertility.

Keep reading to learn more about why women may experience PCOD after marriage.

But wait, do I have PCOS or PCOD?

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disorder) are related but distinct conditions. Both involve hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, and ovarian cysts. PCOS is broader, encompassing symptoms like elevated androgens, leading to issues like acne and excessive hair growth.

While PCOD specifically refers to the presence of multiple ovarian cysts, both conditions can affect fertility and require careful management. “PCOS marriage problems” may arise due to challenges in conceiving and the emotional toll of fertility treatments.

PCOS symptoms and treatment can vary from person-to-person. But, PCOS after marriage will require a comprehensive approach, encompassing not only medical interventions but also open communication and emotional support between partners.

Also ReadDIFFERENCE BETWEEN PCOS AND PCOD

5 Reasons Why You May Experience PCOD Problems after Marriage

Some PCOS causes after marriage that can aggravate or lead to its development are as follows:

  1. Stress

Stress manages to top every list these days. According to research, emotional stress can influence the hormones that regulate menstrual cycles. Planning your wedding for months, the preparation for the wedding, the wedding day and being a newlywed in a new home, starting a new life and family can be stressful. Excuse me, VERY stressful! This stress is enough to throw your monthly cycle out of sync. Laugh more, get adequate sleep, try your hand in yoga, spend time doing what you love, do everything that helps you relieve your stress. You can get your periods back on track once your stress subsides and you settle down into your new life.

  1. Weight Fluctuations

Marriage can cause women to gain weight. Yes, there are even many theories and explanations for it. Changes in diet, marital satisfaction or the lack of desire to find a new partner are said to be the major reasons. A recent study even suggests that the happier you are in your marriage, the more weight you seem to pile on, talk about marital bliss!

Rapid weight gain can increase the production of oestrogen (a hormone) in your body, which can cause irregular, missed, or heavy periods. On the other hand, even rapid weight loss can have the same effect on you as weight gain! So, what the hell are we supposed to do!? The key word here is ‘rapid’. Whatever changes you go through, it mustn’t be rapid, it must be a gradual process.

So, don’t go dieting vigorously when you gain extra weight after marriage. Take it slow.

  1. Contraceptive Pills

You may have irregular periods if you have started or stopped taking contraceptive pills recently. Contraceptive pills prevent your body from producing hormones involved in ovulation and menstruation, which can lead to skipping a period or even stopping your periods altogether. Your body should readjust itself within a span of 3 to 6 months. If your body and menstruation cycle don’t return to normal in the given time period, you should pay a visit to your doctor.

  1. Routine Modification

A drastic change in your routine can disrupt your menstruation cycle. Moving into a new home, a new locale, changing your way of travel, changing your diet, etc. are enough to confuse your body.

  1. Pregnancy

If you are trying to get pregnant and have irregular periods, take a home pregnancy test. Your menstruation cycle completely stops in its tracks when you are pregnant.

Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy include:

  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Sore nipples and breasts
  • Increased urination
  • Mild to moderate cramps in your uterus (womb)
  • Bloating
  • Food aversions
  • Weird food cravings

Also ReadPCOD Guide

Prevention of PCOD Problems After Marriage

Here, we have listed five tips on how you can prevent PCOD problems after marriage:

  1. Lifestyle Choices Matter

Embrace a lifestyle that prioritises regular exercise, aiming for at least 150 minutes per week. Activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga can be both enjoyable and beneficial.

  1. Nutrient-Rich Diet

Opt for a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Incorporate foods with anti-inflammatory properties to support hormonal balance.

  1. Weight Management:

Maintain a healthy weight, as excess body fat can worsen PCOD symptoms. A gradual, sustainable approach to weight loss, if necessary, can have positive effects on hormonal regulation.

  1. Stress Management Techniques

Explore stress-relieving activities, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness. Chronic stress can contribute to the hormonal imbalances associated with PCOD.

  1. Open Communication

Foster open communication with your partner about health goals and challenges. Having a supportive environment at home can make it easier to adopt and maintain healthy habits.

Diagnosis of PCOD Problems After Marriage

Some tips on how you can diagnose PCOD problems after marriage are given below:

  1. Recognising Symptoms

Be vigilant for symptoms such as irregular periods, unexplained weight gain, acne, and mood swings. Awareness facilitates early intervention.

  1. Seeking Professional Guidance

Consult a healthcare professional promptly if you suspect PCOD problems. A thorough evaluation, including blood tests, pelvic exams, and ultrasounds, helps in accurate diagnosis.

  1. Blood Tests:

Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to check hormone levels, including androgens and insulin. Elevated levels may indicate PCOS.

  1. Individualised Treatment Plans

Work with healthcare providers to develop a customised treatment plan. Medications, lifestyle modifications, and regular follow-ups contribute to effective management.

Related ReadSigns & Symptoms of PCOS

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FAQs

Can I get PCOD after marriage?

Yes, it is possible to get PCOD even after marriage. Some factors relating to marriage given in the blog, in fact, have been linked to a higher risk of developing or worsening of PCOS symptoms. Keep an eye out for common PCOS symptoms such as irregular periods, heavy periods, sudden weight gain, acne, hair fall, etc.

What is PCOD problem in females after marriage?

PCOD, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal disorder that affects females of reproductive age. It could lead to you experiencing ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles, hormonal imbalances, etc. These factors can impact your fertility and overall well-being.

Can I get pregnant after PCOD?

Yes, you can get pregnant after PCOD. With proper medical guidance, numerous women with or after PCOD have achieved healthy pregnancies. Fertility treatments, lifestyle adjustments, and emotional support play vital roles in increasing the likelihood of conception.

Is PCOD a lifelong problem?

Yes, unfortunately, PCOD is a lifelong, chronic condition, but it can be managed effectively. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to develop a long-term plan. Regular check-ups and adjustments to treatment plans contribute to overall well-being.

How to avoid PCOD?

Complete prevention of PCOD may not be possible, but adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce the risk of developing PCOD. Prioritise regular exercise, maintain a balanced diet, and manage stress. Early detection through regular check-ups is the key.

What happens if you ignore PCOD?

Ignoring PCOD can lead to complications such as infertility, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues in the long run. Early diagnosis allows for proactive management, preventing potential long-term health consequences. Prioritize your health and seek professional guidance if you see common symptoms of PCOD given in the blog.

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