One day I received a call, as a part of my online counselling session. That was the voice of a woman; stress, anxiety, and depression were very in her voice. She said she was suffering through terrible mood swings, not able to conceive, and has weight issues, gets bullied and mocked for her weight issues and appearance. Also experiencing a lot of depression and stress due to all this. She was Namita. My client for the next few months. For some reason, I couldn’t dismiss her as a case of regular stress/ anxiety / depression.
I felt there is something much beyond that, and a much deeper issue to be dealt with. As I did my further investigation, I found that she was suffering PCOD!! YES PCOD…. A lifetime issue to deal with and to live with!! as PCOD has no cure!!
Well, coming to the point, Namita was suffering from PCOD since she was 15 years old. Having irregular menses; she was overweight than her peers. She was constantly bullied for that, and she was a matter of joke amongst her classmates. Her confidence levels hit rock bottom. She was nervous and depressed for most of the time since then. Now she was a woman in her 30’s, married, and had a problem with conceiving, and was going through terrible mood swings, that was affecting her married life. All these issues added to the woes!! So in short, PCOD brings in a package of problems along with it.
Now, let’s look at what PCOD is:
“PCOD (POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME) is a hormonal disorder, causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges”
The cause of PCOD is yet to be understood completely by the medical fraternity. But it is assumed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is a condition that affects a woman’s hormonal levels, thus disrupting her productive (childbearing years i.e. 15 to 44 yrs.) years.
PCOD hinders the menstrual cycle of a woman. It becomes irregular and thus makes it difficult for a woman to conceive. As per statistics, 70 percent of women suffer from PCOD and still, their condition goes undiagnosed and unnoticed.
PCOD affects the ovaries of a woman and reproductive organs that produce estrogen and progesterone. These are the hormones that relate to the menstrual cycle in a woman. In simple words, PCOD hampers the whole process of releasing the mature egg from the ovaries, during the ovulation period, which is further fertilized by the sperm.
When a woman is suffering PCOD/PCOS small fluid-filled sacs grow inside her ovaries. These sacs contain immature eggs. But they never mature during the process of ovulation. And hence they remain there. This forms a cyst there. And the immature eggs accumulate there as they are not ripe enough to slip down during ovulation and get fertilized by the sperm during mating.
PCOD/PCOS shows some symptoms:
- Cysts in the ovaries
- Production of high levels of male hormones
- Disruption or less release of female hormone or say it as a hormonal imbalance
- Irregular menses
- Excessive weight gain
- Excessive facial and body hair growth like men, due to excessive releasing of androgen (male hormone)
- Severe acne
- Male pattern baldness
- Abnormally heavy periods or no periods
- Terrible MOOD SWINGS
When to see a doctor
Generally, PCOD will show at least any of the 3 above symptoms. If a woman is facing issues like infertility, weight gain, irregular periods, and other hormonal symptoms then one should take a call immediately.
Other complications during PCOD
- If at all conceive, then the woman might face, gestational diabetes, or high BP during her pregnancy
- Miscarriage or premature birth
- Severe inflammation in the liver due to fat accumulation in the liver
- Other metabolic disorders
- If thyroid comes as a package with PCOD then it further worsens the condition
- Overweight, obesity due to PCOD can bring type 2 diabetes/ prediabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Binge eating disorder which is mostly associated with low self esteem, stress
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Treatment and Therapy
Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOD. But there is a treatment in allopathy homeopathy and ayurveda which can put the PCOD condition under control. It might not root out the whole problem but the medicines can help one deal with other issues that come as a package with PCOD condition.
- Never miss your medicines
- Go for regular health check-ups
- Follow a strict healthy diet
- Follow a healthy lifestyle to avoid lifestyle diseases and other health issues that might come along with PCOD
- Always be positive about yourself
- Always be in touch with your doctor
- Exercise regularly
- Accept the problem and find out ways to deal with it. As this problem is for a lifetime, hence one has to learn to live with it
- Join a support group where one can find similar, like-minded people dealing and facing the same issues due to PCOD. This helps one to open up and share the problems. Discussions in such groups are very informative
- Always talk to family and friends about the problems. Sharing helps a lot. It enables one to get immense support
- Talk to a counselor. Talking to a counselor helps one accept and understand one’s condition.
- Counselors come up with strategies to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and mood swings that arises due to PCOD
During my counselling sessions, many women tell me that they tried almost every available stream of medicines (allopathy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda) but they discontinued the treatment as they were not getting the desired results. But this further worsened their situation. Other psychological issues like mood swings, stress, anxiety, and depression left unattended. this practically made them feel lower, and they suffered low self-esteem. This caused eating disorders.
Recently many Bollywood personalities came up and spoke out about their PCOD condition and took PCOD counselling sessions. They accepted the problem and they accepted themselves for what they are. This improved the quality of life. This improved the way they felt about themselves. Because PCOD is not treatable.
How PCOD Counselling help you?
Talking to online counselors too helps a lot. As one needs a constant push to deal with the imbalances that are going within one’s body and mind. Opening up and sharing problems, eases one and one feels a lot of relief as the gears of stress are shifted to the other person due to sharing the problem.
Online counselling provide a lot of emotional and moral support. Online counselors come up with many creative strategies to help one to deal with the physical and psychological distress one is going through. Talking to an online counselor while sitting in the comforts of the home is an excellent idea to get the online therapy and the required help.
Online counselors are trained mental health experts, who are experienced and well versed in dealing with many cases of PCOD counselling. Hence one must look forward to taking online counselor support, as absolute anonymity is and confidentiality is guaranteed.