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What You Can Do If You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Apart From Medication)

What You Can Do If You Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (Apart From Medication)

If you or someone you know have recently been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Doctors may prescribe birth control pills or diabetes medications in order to regulate hormonal production. And you may wonder, is taking pills the only thing I can do? Do I have to take pills for the rest of my whole life?

Medication is important and you should consult your doctors whenever you want to stop it. The good news is apart from medication, there are other things you can do that are proven to help.

First of All, What’s Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome occurs when the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance. Additionally, the body produces too much of the male hormone androgen.

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This hormonal imbalance causes numerous cysts to grow on the ovaries. In turn, these cysts can cause complications with menstrual cycles, physical appearance, heart health, and fertility. Some of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome include: weight gain, anxiety, irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair on the face and chest, and depression. [1]

How to Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Without Medication

1. Lose Weight

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    What does losing weight have to do with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Well, the syndrome may cause you to put on pounds. Extra weight increases your blood sugar levels and can cause your menstrual cycle to be irregular. Losing around 10 pounds can help regulate hormone production.

    Unfortunately, losing weight is more difficult for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Eating a healthy diet and exercising frequently can help.

    2. Eat a High Protein Diet

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      One of the best ways to lose weight with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is to increase your protein consumption. In a 2011 study, researchers monitored the weight of 57 women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for a 6-month period. The participants followed 2 separate diets:

      1. More than 40% of calories from protein and 30% from fat.
      2. Less than 15% of calories from protein and 30% from fat.

      At the end of the 6 months, 27 women remained in the study. Those who followed the high protein diet lost more weight, had smaller waistlines, and significantly lowered their blood glucose levels. [2]

      To follow this dietary plan, first cut out high sugar desserts, soft drinks, and refined carbohydrates. Replace these with whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and oats, although at a reduced intake. Increase the amount of healthy protein in your diet by eating more hard-boiled eggs, beans, nuts, and other lean proteins like steamed fish.

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      3. Get More Exercise

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        Moderate exercise can help reduce the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This is because physical activity lowers blood sugar levels, preventing insulin resistance. Additionally, it helps you maintain and lose weight. [3]

        One of the best ways to get more exercise is by walking. Try walking around your neighborhood in the evenings, parking far from store entrances, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator any chance you have.

        4. Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

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          Some research indicates that increasing vitamin D and calcium can relieve irregular menstrual cycles and lower body weight in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

          One study looked at 100 infertile women with the diagnosis who were taking metformin, a medicine commonly used to treat diabetes. A group of 50 women took only metformin. The other group took the same prescription of metformin and in addition, 1,000 mg of calcium and 100,000 IU of vitamin D.  The women who took supplements experienced an increase in weight loss and improved menstrual regularity. [4]

          Before you take on any of these suggestions, make sure to consult your doctor. Remember, medications are often necessary for treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You can follow these tips in conjunction with your prescription plan. In the long run, they can help you improve your health.

          Featured photo credit: Leah Kelley via pexels.com

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          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

          1. Breathe

          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

          2. Loosen up

          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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          3. Chew slowly

          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

          4. Let go

          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

          It’s not. Promise.

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          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

          5. Enjoy the journey

          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

          6. Look at the big picture

          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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          Will this matter to me…

          • Next week?
          • Next month?
          • Next year?
          • In 10 years?

          Hint: No, it won’t.

          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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          8. Practice patience every day

          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

          Final thoughts

          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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