PCOD has become quite a common disorder that affects almost 10% of women of child bearing age. Its symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, acne, thinning hair and weight gain. However, it is often overlooked by healthcare providers due to a lack of understanding about the disorder. This leads to misinformation that can impact diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately prevent women from leading a content life with PCOD. Below, are 6 common myths about PCOD.
- Women with PCOD cannot get pregnant
One of the symptoms of PCOD is infertility as the hormonal problem affects the ability of an ovary to release an egg that could be fertilised for pregnancy. However, women can still get pregnant through natural means (such as dietary changes and exercise) or fertility treatments.
- Irregular menstrual cycles mean you have PCOD.
Another symptom of PCOD is irregular menstrual cycles, however, it is not the only cause. With a normal menstrual cycle lasting 21 to 35 days, some of the factors affecting it are:
- Extreme weight loss or gain
- Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
Therefore, if your menstrual cycle happens to be less than 22 days or longer than 35 days, you must contact their gynaecologist and conduct a diagnosis before concluding that you have PCOD.
- PCOD only affects women that are obese or overweight.
PCOD is seen to be more common in obese and overweight women and obesity can make the symptoms worse. While uncommon, it does affect women of all shapes and sizes.
- Losing weight can help you get rid of PCOD.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOD. However, one way of balancing hormone levels for obese and overweight women is by losing weight. Lifestyle changes are critical for the management of PCOD. Healthy eating and regular exercise improve the way your body uses insulin and, therefore, regulates your hormone levels better. Fertility medications also can help stimulate ovulation if you want to get pregnant. Another method of treating PCOD that is gaining popularity is ayurvedic forms of medication, which are preferable due to their reduced side effects.
- Women with PCOD must use birth control.
Birth control is a common treatment prescribed by doctors to treat menstrual irregularities. But in order to get the best results in the long term, it is recommended to address hormonal health more holistically with lifestyle measures such as reducing stress and maintaining an anti – inflammatory diet. Ayurveda forms of medication, such as Dr. Vaidya’s cycloherb, can also be incorporated for the best results in the long term due to minimal side effects, high effectivity and safety.
- PCOD does not need to be treated if you do not wish to get pregnant.
Not only does PCOD affect a woman’s fertility, it impacts her wellness for the rest of her life. PCOD has been linked to:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Sleep apnea
- Endometrial cancer
Diagnosis and treatment is critical for a healthy future.