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How To Reverse PCOS Naturally

  • Published on June 27, 2024
How To Reverse PCOS Naturally

Are you tired of dealing with irregular periods, stubborn weight gain, and unwanted hair growth? You’re not alone. These are all significant signs and symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) that are largely becoming common among women in their reproductive age. According to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) –PCOS  is rapidly becoming the most prevailing female endocrine disorder and a pre-eminent cause of infertility. Worldwide PCOS contributes to 6-26% of endocrine disorders and in India up to  3.7-22.5%, along with a range of symptoms which can be both physically and emotionally challenging. 

Generally, “Can PCOS be reversed?’ is a common question asked by many women. So the answer to this is –PCOS as a condition can’t be reversed, but you can reverse PCOS symptoms. In this article, let’s understand how you can take control of your health and reverse PCOS symptoms naturally.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is a complex condition influenced by various factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors. As per WHO, up to 70% of the affected population of women remain undiagnosed with PCOS worldwide. 

This condition often comes with symptoms such as weight gain, acne, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), and infertility. Additionally, this increases the risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, gestational diabetes and can also impact the result of fertility treatments (IUI, IVF, and ICSI). Therefore, adopting a holistic approach to manage the symptoms can help reverse PCOS and improve your quality of life.

How to Reverse PCOS with Diet and Nutrition?

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The following contributing factors can help you reverse PCOS symptoms naturally:

  • Embrace a Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet, rich in whole foods is crucial for managing PCOS symptoms. You can focus on consuming:

  1. Whole Grains: Such as brown rice, quinoa, and oats, help regulate blood sugar levels.
  2. Lean Proteins: Such as chicken, fish, beans, and legumes can maintain muscle mass and promote satiety.
  3. Healthy Fats: Consuming healthy fats from sources like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil supports hormone production and can reduce inflammation.
  4. Fiber-Rich Foods: High-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, and legumes can help manage insulin levels and improve digestion.
  • Avoid Processed Foods and Sugars

Processed food and sugar items can increase insulin resistance, which is a typical problem in women with PCOS. Reducing or eliminating certain food items from your diet can help regulate blood sugar levels and reverse PCOS symptoms.

  • Exercise Regularly

Engaging in regular physical activity is beneficial for managing PCOS as it helps improve insulin sensitivity, dramatically aids in weight management, and reduces stress levels. You can aim for at least 40-100  minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 3-4 times a week, including:

  1. Cardio Exercises: Activities like walking, running, cycling, or swimming for at least 30 minutes daily can help improve cardiovascular health and burn calories.
  2. Strength Training: Add strength training exercises to your routine to build muscle mass and boost metabolism.
  3. Flexibility and Relaxation: Practicing yoga asanas, pilates or minima stretching can help you reduce stress and improve your hormonal balance.
  • Manage Stress Levels

Stress definitely worsens PCOS symptoms by increasing cortisol levels, which can lead to weight gain and hormonal imbalances. Therefore, practicing stress-reduction techniques becomes extremely important. Here are a few stress-reduction techniques you can include in your daily routine:

  1. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help calm the mind and reduce stress.
  2. Deep Breathing Exercises: Simple deep breathing exercises for 5-10 minutes daily can help lower cortisol levels and promote relaxation.
  3. Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to support overall health and hormone regulation.
  • Consider Natural Supplements

Considering natural supplements can help reverse PCOS symptoms. However, it’s essential to consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen. Some beneficial supplements include:

  1. Inositol: Inositol supplements, particularly a combination of myo-inositol and d-chiro-inositol, can help improve insulin sensitivity and regulate menstrual cycles while improving ovulation.
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 supplements from fish oil or flaxseed oil can reduce inflammation and support hormonal balance.
  3. Vitamin D: Many women with PCOS have low vitamin D levels. Supplementing with vitamin D can improve insulin sensitivity and support overall health.
  4. Chromium: Chromium supplements may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce sugar cravings
  •  Herbal Remedies

No scientific research has proved that home or herbal remedies can reverse PCOS symptoms. And, consulting a specialist before using herbal remedies is always the best idea. However, according to Ayurveda, a few herbs have been shown to manage and improve some PCOS symptoms, such as: 

  1. Spearmint Tea: Drinking spearmint tea twice daily can help reduce androgen levels and improve symptoms of hirsutism.
  2. Cinnamon: Cinnamon can help improve insulin sensitivity, regulate menstrual cycles and promote regular ovulation. 
  3. Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto may reduce androgen levels and improve symptoms like acne and excessive hair growth.

Conclusion

Reversing PCOS naturally involves a comprehensive approach that includes dietary changes, regular exercise, stress management, and the use of natural supplements and herbal remedies. By making these lifestyle modifications, you can manage and reverse  PCOS symptoms effectively while improving your fertility, if you are planning to become pregnant. However, it is always suggested to consult a fertility expert or PCOS specialist before starting any new treatment or supplement regimen. With commitment and perseverance, you can definitely take control of your health and work towards reversing PCOS naturally.

Sources

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1893279#:~:text=It%20is%20the%20most%20prevailing,it%20is%203.7%2D22.5%25.

https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/pcos-and-pregnancy

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/polycystic-ovary-syndrome#:~:text=PCOS%20can%20cause%20hormonal%20imbalances,condition%20and%20cannot%20be%20cured.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can PCOS affect fertility?

Yes. PCOS is a leading cause of infertility due to irregular ovulation or anovulation (absence of ovulation). Women affected with PCOS often experience difficulty conceiving and may require fertility treatments. Hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS can interfere with the development and release of eggs from the ovaries. 

  • Can PCOS be reversed?

With the help of lifestyle modification, symptoms of  PCOS can be reversed to a certain level. By consistently practising a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly improve your chances of becoming pregnant. 

  • Can stress management help in reversing PCOS?

Yes, managing stress can help alleviate PCOS symptoms by balancing hormone levels and reducing inflammation. Techniques like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are beneficial.

  • How important is sleep in managing PCOS?

Sleep is crucial for managing PCOS. Quality sleep promotes hormone regulation, insulin sensitivity, and stress reduction, all of which can help reverse PCOS symptoms.

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Written by:
Dr. Sugata Mishra

Dr. Sugata Mishra

Consultant
Dr. Sugata Mishra is a fertility specialist known for her expertise in the field of reproductive medicine. She has clinical experience of over 5 years in feild of infertility and more than 10 years in GYN & OBS. Over the years, she has honed her skills in addressing complex fertility challenges such as cases of recurrent pregnancy loss, RIF and endoscopic surgery. Also, she combines fertility expertise with compassionate care, guiding patients towards their dream of parenthood. Dr. Mishra is known for her patient-friendly demeanor, ensuring that every individual feels supported and understood throughout their treatment journey.
Kolkata, West Bengal

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