Frustration, Confusion and Dread! These are some of the many reactions that PCOS gets from women all around the world. In India, 1 out of 5 women suffers from PCOS. While they all feel the extent of the symptoms only 50% actually get diagnosed.
Not being able to tell what’s wrong with your body has got to be one of the most frustrating and scary states to be in. So, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here is all you need to know about recognising and dealing with PCOS!
What is PCOS?
Have you ever looked forward to the release of a new film or Tv show? We sure have! Now imagine that for some reason, the release date keeps getting postponed. Frustrating, right? This is exactly how women with PCOS feel.
So, how do you know if you have PCOS?
Every PCOS symptom that you answer with yes from the list given below is equal to one point. Keep adding points to reach your final score.
- Do you have long intervals between each period?
- Is your period flow heavy?
- Do you gain weight easily?
- Do you get acne and other skin related problems during your period?
- Do you have excessive hair growth on the face, chest, buttocks?
- Do you suffer from anxiety during your period?
- Do you have a lot of mood swings?
If your score is 5 or more then chances are that you might have PCOS and it is time to visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis!
PCOS can be extremely painful and difficult to deal with. So we have put together a list of tips that you can try to ease your symptoms:
1. Follow a healthy diet
When you have PCOS, losing weight is quite the task due to a poor metabolism rate. In such a scenario, one of the most crucial things to do would be to follow a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. Cutting sugary, processed and junk food out of your life and replacing it with fresh vegetables and fruits would be the first step you can take towards building a PCOS-friendly lifestyle!
2. Exercise regularly
Leading a pro-active lifestyle is one of the most important ways of dealing with PCOS. Consistently exercising not only regulates the hormonal levels in your body but also helps you maintain a healthy weight. Doing exercises like squats, push-ups and kegel for 20-30 mins every day can make you fit and increase your cardiovascular health as well. You could also try brisk walking, cycling or swimming to mix things up a little!
3. Practice Self Care and Mindfulness
Apart from the physical effects, PCOS also affects your mind. The spike in hormones can make you feel like your emotions are not in your control anymore. This can get very frustrating for some women. Meditating for 10 mins a day can help you regain your composure and also improve your mood tremendously.
While you can always follow corrective measures for symptomatic relief and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, we would strongly suggest visiting your doctor or nutritionist for a more detailed treatment plan to deal with PCOS.
PCOS is totally manageable and while its causes are not known, you can always get help from the right sources and continue to educate yourself and others on the topic. Try asking your peers what helps them or tell us in the comments section below the tips that you swear by for dealing with PCOS. We would love to know!