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PCOD - What Is The Right Way To Diagnose It?

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Diploma In Reproductive Medicine and Embryology
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
PCOD - What Is The Right Way To Diagnose It?

PCOD or polycystic Ovary Disorder is one of the most common disorders of hormones among women in the age of reproduction. It is yet not discovered why some women become susceptible to this disease and it is believed to be a genetic disorder. The word “polycystic” refers to multiple cysts and a woman suffering from PCOD has multiple cysts in her ovary. This is due to the imbalance of hormones, which don’t allow the ovary to release eggs every month and these numerous unreleased eggs present in the ovary cause it to become polycystic.

What are the symptoms of PCOD?
The regular release of eggs from the ovaries directs a woman’s fertility and allows her to have a normal menstrual cycle. Therefore, women with PCOD face difficulty in conceiving along with irregular, low and absent periods. Some of the most common symptoms of PCOD include infertility and even miscarriage, elevated insulin levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, acne, unhealthy weight gain and obesity. It also leads to loss of hair from the scalp and excessive growth of hair on the body. This is due to over production of male hormones that lead to male pattern of growth of hair, such as on chest, cheek, chin and inner thighs. The hormonal imbalance leads to weight gain and obesity makes the hormonal imbalance even worse, turning it into a vicious cycle.

How is PCOD diagnosed and treated?
Your gynaecologist would be able to determine whether you have PCOD by checking your symptoms. Then she would recommend you to do a few blood tests along with a pelvic ultrasound scan to confirm whether you have PCOD. Though this disease is not reversible, its symptoms may be reduced or minimised. Most women can lead a trouble-free and healthy life if they take proper precautions at the right time.

It has been pointed in several studies that reduction in weight can help in the improvement of most PCOD symptoms because fat contributes to the production of certain hormones. Your doctor will prepare a treatment plan depending on the aspect from which you are suffering. For instance, if you are suffering from irregular periods, your doctor may prescribe you some contraceptives which can help in restoring normal menstrual cycle. But this treatment is definitely unsuitable for those who are trying to conceive. The infrequent and irregular ovulation can make it difficult to conceive and it can be artificially induced with the aid of medications. So, you must consult a gynaecologist to help your situation. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Management of Male Hormonal Issues!

Dr. Ravindra Chhajed 90% (335 ratings)
MBBS, FCPS - Medicine, DNB - General Medicine (I)
Diabetologist, Pune
Management of Male Hormonal Issues!

Similar to menopause in women which pertains to hormonal imbalances; men experience andropause that is characterized by irregularities in the hormonal levels. Several bodily functions are managed by hormones that can be described as chemical compounds. Some hormones that regulate the body functions in the male population are estrogen, insulin, cortisol, testosterone, and thyroid-related hormones. A hormonal imbalance in men is a part of the aging process.

Research studies indicate that there is a fall of nearly one percent in a male’s hormonal levels every year after they cross the age of 30 years. In men, different hormones control the physical male attributes such as sex organs, facial hair, and the testes. Also, the chemicals are responsible for the release of sperm in the testes and have a bearing on the man’s sexual libido. Male hormones are, also, known for restoring bone health, uplifting the mood, and boosting mental agility.

In short, where the overall health of the males is concerned, hormones play a major role. As a male, if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, the possibility of ailing from weight gain, tiredness mood imbalances, hot flashes, and hair loss remains high. However, you can control the hormonal imbalance by making some changes to your diet and lifestyle. Natural cures are favored by a significant percentage of the population because they do not give birth to ill-effects, are inexpensive treatment methods, and serve as effective cures. Some home remedies for hormone-linked imbalances in men are studied in the following details.

  1. Body Exertion: It is imperative for you to take measures to lose weight when ailing from hormonal imbalance because the fat quantity in your body affects the testosterone levels. The higher the amount of fat, greater is the drop in the testosterone levels. This is because fats have a role to play in the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. For this reason, you are advised to follow a regular exercise regime as part of your fat loss efforts. Additionally, you can benefit via exercises because they help to enhance the mood and improves sleep patterns.
  2. Calcium Intake: The intake of calcium-rich foods is recommended if a male suffers from hormonal imbalance. This helps reduce the susceptibility of suffering from bone-linked diseases. Males should note that as a result of low testosterone levels, your bones could become weak; and calcium is needed for their strengthening. Therefore, they can benefit by adding calcium sources to their diet. Cheese, the dark green-colored variety of vegetables, milk, broccoli, almonds, kale, and soybeans can help to keep the body nourished with calcium.
  3. Body Detoxification: As a part of their hormonal imbalance recovery measures, males should, also, consider detoxifying the body to get rid of the inner toxic waste. This, in turn, improves the body’s ability to counter disorders and improves the overall well-being. Some foods that are recommended for detoxifying the body include the cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbages, collards, and broccoli. Also, other foods such as apple, ginger, milk thistle herb, banana, pomegranate, rosemary, grapes, avocado, cherries, and oranges can be added to the dietary regime for their detoxification benefits. Moreover, there are several detoxification courses that are deemed effective and you can ask your nutritionist for more details on the same.

On a concluding note, you must know that stress-relieving techniques are worth practicing for bringing about a healthy balance between the hormonal levels. Meditation techniques, deep breathing, and yoga poses are ideal for reducing stress in the body and men with hormonal imbalance sure should consider practicing these methods.

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I had my periods on 2nd june. Had unprotected sex on 10th Jun. Took an ipill on 11th june and has mid menstrual bleeding from 18th to 20th. When should I expect my next periods?

Dr. Sudarshan Kumar Sharma 90% (2556 ratings)
Sexologist, Delhi
I had my periods on 2nd june. Had unprotected sex on 10th Jun. Took an ipill on 11th june and has mid menstrual bleed...
A very common side effect of taking i-pill is a significant alteration in periods –they can either be early or be delayed. Most women will experience withdrawal bleeding at the scheduled or expected dates, while some may get menses within 5 days. If you get periods earlier then expected, you can be assured that pregnancy has not taken place, but in case of delay in periods, it is best to take a pregnancy test one week over the expected date. This is largely a rare occurrence.
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Treating Fibroids Without Surgery - Know How!

Dr. Jigyasa Wadhwa 84% (18 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Treating Fibroids Without Surgery - Know How!

A fibroid is a benign tumor of the uterus. It can grow in and around the uterus.

Symptoms

  1. Long and excessive bleeding during menstrual periods
  2. Pelvic pain or pressure
  3. Swollen abdomen
  4. Frequent urination

Fibroids can also cause fertility and pregnancy problems, depending on their size and location.

Treatment of Fibroid

Surgical

  1. Myomectomy
  2. Hysterectomy

Non-surgical

  1. Hormone therapy: It helps shrink fibroids. Side effects of medications involve headaches and hot flashes.
  2. Uterine embolization: This procedure stops the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and die.
  3. Birth control pills: They help control heavy periods
  4. Intrauterine devices: They release hormones to help reduce heavy bleeding and pain
  5. Reducing the level of estrogen in the body: Naturally occurring estrogen is stored in and manufactured by fat cells. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the amount of estrogen in the body.
  6. Warm fomentation: Warm bath or using a heating pad or hot water bottle on the abdomen and gentle massage helps relieve congestion.
  7. Pain relievers: They relieve the cramps or pain.

Role of Homeopathy in the Treatment of Fibroid

Homeopathy is one of the best alternative systems of medicine dealing with female complaints both acute and chronic. This system of medicine believes in the holistic concept (i.e., treating the individual as a whole). As the development of fibroid is a chronic process which occurs over a period of time, its cure is also gradual. The scope of homeopathy is good in the treatment of fibroid. The patient’s entire history is taken into consideration, which includes the chief complaint, associated complaint, mental state, previous history of any illness, menstrual history, obstetric history, physical generals, investigations, etc.

Based on this case history, a homeopathic similimum is selected.This homeopathic similimum stimulates the vital force, thereby improving the vitality of the patient. Once the vitality is regained, the body restores itself to health. Also, homeopathic medicines stop the progression of the disease along with the removal of signs and symptoms. Homeopathic medicines regulate the hormonal imbalance, which further helps to reduce the size of the fibroid.Nowadays, it is preferred over modern medicine to avoid side effects of oral contraceptive pills.

Also, it is of great help to patients who want to conceive, as there is no surgical interference done. So, homeopathy can come as a blessing in disguise for such patients. Homeopathic medicines help manage the symptoms of uterine fibroids as well as dissolve them. The time taken for cure depends on the size of the fibroid and intensity of symptoms.Important remedies in homeopathy used for treating fibroids are namely, Thalaspi Bursa Pastoris, Belladonna, Sepia Officinalis, Ustilago Maydis, Erigeron Canadensis, etc. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

I am suffering from pcod & irregular period. hormone imbalance high level of testosterone. please consult me.

Ayurveda, Bangalore
I am suffering from pcod & irregular period. hormone imbalance high level of testosterone. please consult me.
Hi lybrate-user, PCOD has become a very common problem these days. A program that comprises of Shedding up a few kgs, proper exercises, improving insulin sensitivity and nutritional support will help you to get your hormone levels right and painless regular menses. Please contact for personal consultation.
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Can ipill cause hormonal imbalance that causes ovarian cyst? Can it also cause low level of progesterone level and high estrone level which is hormonal imbalance?

Dr. Usha Yadav 86% (361 ratings)
MS - Gynaecology, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Varanasi
Can ipill cause hormonal imbalance that causes ovarian cyst? Can it also cause low level of progesterone level and hi...
No .not really. Given for v short period .so no such hormonal imbalance. Provided you use it as emergency contraceptive only. If you have become a habitual user of ipill .well you r harming yourself in many ways.
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Hirsutism - This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalance!

Dr. Nitin Sahu 92% (311 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Endocrinologist, Indore
Hirsutism - This Is What Happens When You Suffer From Hormonal Imbalance!

Every woman likes to look into the mirror and find not an extra strand of hair on her face, be it the upper lip or near the ears. While it is not uncommon for women to have hair on these and other areas, most women resort to multiple ways to get rid of this. The pattern of this unnecessary hair growth is very similar to the pattern seen in males normally.

This condition of excessive hair growth is known as hirsutism and can be caused by multiple causes, as listed below.

  1. Genetic or racial: While the European women have a more clean face that is free of hair, the Mediterranean and Indian women are highly likely to have more facial hair growth. There is also a strong family history relation, and it is hereditary.
  2. Androgens (testosterone): This is a male hormone, essential for the development of male sexual characters. Though it is present in very minute amounts in all women, in some, there could be higher than these minimal levels, leading to minor masculine characters, facial hair being one of them.
  3. Hormonal imbalances: There are multiple hormonal issues which can manifest as increased facial hair growth. The two most common ones include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and adrenal conditions including tumours, Cushing's syndrome, and hyperplasia. In all these cases, there is increased amount of androgens, leading to excessive facial hair.
  4. Medication side effect: Some medications like testosterone, cyclosporine, anabolic steroids, and Minoxidil also lead to increased amounts of facial hair in women. Some other medications used to treat migraines, seizures, schizophrenia, and hypertension can also cause hirsutism. This is indirectly due to increased levels of male hormones in the system, producing these effects.
  5. Birth control pills: These also affect the hormone levels and lead to increased facial hair.
  6. Obesity: Most women with facial hair are also on the heavier side, and most people have a reduction in hair once weight is managed.

Treatment: The underlying cause should be treated for controlling hair growth. If there is an inducing medication, an alternative should be looked at. While hormone levels can be altered, in most cases, not much can be done. These need to be dealt with using one of the following methods - depilatory creams, waxing, plucking, shaving, laser reduction, electrolysis, and weight loss.

When reading through the above, it is obvious that a lot of causes for hirsutism point towards hormones. This also helps identify hormonal abnormalities in the earlier stages. This helps to identify hormonal disorders in their earlier stages, which are managed with lesser complications. The next time you feel there is more hair on your chin or cheeks, get your hormone levels checked. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Hormone Fluctuation Can Lead To Low Energy Levels?

Dr. Neeraj Garg 90% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Medicine, DM - Endocrinology
Endocrinologist, Zirakpur
How Hormone Fluctuation Can Lead To Low Energy Levels?

Hormones are powerful chemicals that help keep our bodies working normally. They stimulate, regulate, and control the function of various tissues and organs. Made by specialized groups of cells within structures called glands, hormones are involved in almost every biological process including sexual reproduction, growth, metabolism, and immune function. These glands, including the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, and testes, release various hormones into the body as needed. Hormones have an especially large impact on the energy levels and persistent and chronic fatigue sufferers have been shown to often have hormonal deficiencies.

Many women between the ages of 35 and 55 complain of low energy levels or extreme fatigue characterized by a rush of exhaustion and the feeling of the drain of energy. It prevents them from carrying out the simplest of everyday tasks.  Many say that they are tired throughout the day and find themselves craving for naps more often. 

When to consult a doctor?

Bloating, irritability, palpitations, mood swings, problems related to blood sugar, trouble concentrating, infertility, and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance. These compounds affect every cell and system in the body. Hormone imbalance can debilitate you. Some hormonal shifts are normal, like monthly fluctuations responsible for menstruation and ovulation or the changes that occur during pregnancy.

Menopause is another time for a normal hormonal shift in a woman's life. The other times, these fluctuations may be due to a medication or a medical condition. Though it isn't a disease in itself, fatigue is a condition that should not be overlooked because it is generally indicative of an underlying medical cause. Prolonged low energy level without any known reason immediately calls for an attention from a doctor.

Complications of fatigue: Infrequent and mild cases of fatigue can occur as a natural part of the hormonal changes associated with a woman's menstrual cycle. However, chronic fatigue caused by hormonal imbalance can interfere with the quality of a woman's life. In rare cases, when chronic fatigue is left untreated, it can lead to certain complications, which are more risky for a woman's emotional and mental health. These possible but uncommon complications of fatigue can include depression or a reduced reaction time and these conditions have some specific warning signs. Women who experience frequent symptoms of extreme fatigue that are interfering with their daily lives should be immediately treated.

Prevention of fatigue: There are many different things that a person suffering from fatigue can do to prevent and manage symptoms. While there is no one single cure for fatigue, there are changes that a person can make in his life, which will help to decrease the mental and physical effects of fatigue. Lifestyle changes are the first line of treatment available and are very important to treat fatigue. Focusing on diet, exercise, and following healthy habits can have a huge impact as well. In addition, right supplements can also help to keep the endocrine system in a good shape and therefore, help prevent or ease the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which includes fatigue.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I am taking dexona (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol tablets) to prepare my periods. Is it safe to take this tablets?

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 89% (4582 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
I am taking dexona (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol tablets) to prepare my periods. Is it safe to take this tablets?
Hormonal therapy have Soo many adverse effects for sure,,Soo it's not a good thing,,u need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure ur problem permanently
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