PCOD is the most common cause of infertility in women

“PCOD is thought to be one of the leading causes of infertility in women.” says dietitian Sheela Seharawat. Its symptoms may appear simple and mild at the beginning but soon it causes infertility and at advanced stage it can cause further problems. It is affecting 5 -10 percent of women worldwide. 

“Diet is one of the most important steps to deal with this disease.  Our diet plan is basically to promote the right level of estrogen hormone in the body.” says dietitian Sheela.   

Estrogen is one of the two main sex hormones which is responsible for female physical and reproduction growth. (Of course Men also have this hormone but in smaller amounts.) It is the hormone that makes a girl into a woman. It helps in development of breasts, pubic hair and underarms hair and start the menstrual cycle. It further helps in controlling cholesterol level, moods, bone, heart and skin.

Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries – (an organ that produces female’s eggs). Fats also create estrogen. Once it is created then it is transported to different tissues through the blood. When body is making less or too much of estrogen then body faces health issues. Indeed, during period estrogen level changes.

Other important things are LH and FSH i.e. Luteinizing Hormone and Follicle Stimulating Hormone which help the proper ovulation. Here one important hormone is created known as Androgen. That is a male hormone. It is naturally created here but if someone has PCOD or PCOS the LH & FSH level will change. There will be high level of LH which will then combine with high level of Androgen produced in the ovaries and that leads to imbalance in menstrual cycle.

Another difficulty found in PCOS is the insulin resistance that means it increases the risk of getting type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. Actually high level of insulin causes the ovaries to make more androgen hormone which further causes the problem to have increased amount of body hair, acne, loss of regular period. 

Swati Arrora says: I was facing irregular period for ten months and things were running from bad to worst. I had thyroid and cholesterol problems too. I was considering that things will improve as I was taking medicine for these but one day my test reports shocked me as they stated that I have PCOD and I need a dietitian along with a gynecologist. I was recommended a diet clinic and here I took a 3 months’ course but in this span of time I got a great benefit and relief. I extended my diet plan for a year and I am regularly having my check up and things have really improved in the last 4 months. 

One of the main problems is that there is no single test to diagnose PCOD. A few are like:

•    Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
•    Blood test to know the hormones levels and thyroid functionality. 
•    Urine & Ovarian biopsy. Etc. 

It is very important to be in constant touch with your doctor and dietitian. It is a must to change your lifestyle and food habits. 

Rita Kamal says: Working women’s life is always difficult as she has to manage both of the fronts and if one is facing health problems then life is hard. Office doesn’t give you leave on and off and your complication needs treatment. When I come to know about the PCOD I left my job. I have been with my doctor and dietitian for last 6 months and the test report is getting normal. But if I want to have a family then only I will say when I am fully cured and normal. I don’t need money or job or anything my priority is to have my baby and my family. Sheela’s diet plan is really helpful and good. I have recommended a few of my friend too who need to lose their weight. 

“It wouldn’t be amiss to say that overweight is always a cause of disease in the body,” says dietitian Sheela. Now it is very common that we get any ailment and we rush for medicine without paying any attention to how that medicine will affect our body. We want instant relief which is a big problem. 

If you go natural sure it will take time but it will help you to be healthy for long. That is why I always say – Let your diet work for you. It is to keep your health naturally and you will be able to enjoy your life better for longer. 

NainaRastogi says: I joined Sheela as my doctor asked me to get in touch with a dietitian. I had seen the results on my cousins. They were plus size. But my case was different. I had put on a good amount of weight and I was facing problems in conceiving. My doctor asked for tests and ultra sound and she said I have PCOD. Having problem in conceiving is something which a woman can never like so having depression is very natural. But hard days have ended and now I am a mother of 2 years old daughter. I am happy and sill following the instructions of diet plan in my life. 

In this fast running life, we are neglecting our health the most and woman’s health still gets negligence. Woman’s health should be taken as a priority and women should also understand this. 

The more you read about the health and fitness and follow that in your daily life the better you can maintain good health as well as the health of your family. Dietitian and doctor are there to help you but the best help is your self-help. 

Try to eat fresh, balanced food, sleep well and do regular exercise. These are some of the precautionary measures. After all nobody knows how PCOD occurs.  And its treatment takes time and it depends on an individual condition but low carbohydrate or high protein diet helps. 


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