Menstrual Health PCOD/PCOS

PCOD – here’s what you need to know!

June 9, 2018

“PCOD”; you’ve possibly heard the abbreviation being used quite frequently. While we know that it is a disorder associated with menstruation, we don’t realise how common it is. More often than not, PCOD/PCOS goes undetected for a long period of time due to a lack of awareness. We’ve penned down everything you need to know about it.

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What is PCOD?

The full form of PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOD or PCOS is caused due to an imbalance in reproductive hormones. As part of a healthy menstrual cycle, an egg created by the ovaries is released every month. With PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be. PCOD causes the ovaries to develop multiple, small cysts on the ovaries, hence the name – Polycystic Ovary Disorder/Syndrome. It is the most common cause of irregular periods, insulin resistance and infertility in women.

PCOD period cramps


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How common is it?

One out of 10 women in India have PCOD, six out of ten of which are teenage girls. Due to a lack of education and awareness in the country, PCOD/PCOS often goes undetected.

What causes PCOD?

The exact causes of PCOD are still unknown. While genes do play a role, an unhealthy lifestyle, an unsuitable diet and lack of regular exercise contribute towards increasing the risk.

How do you know if you have PCOD/PCOS?

Since the spectrum of symptoms is very broad, make sure to consult a doctor if you’re experiencing any of them:

  • Irregular periods
  • Extremely heavy or light flow during menstruation
  • Weight gain
  • Excessive body hair
  • Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp
  • Acne
  • Regular headaches
  • Pelvic pain
  • Problems with sleep
  • Rapid mood changes


What is the treatment for PCOD?

Consulting a gynecologist is the first and most important step. While PCOD/PCOS is not completely curable, early detection is key. Various steps can be taken to control the symptoms in order to make it more manageable.

We hope this post helps you understand PCOD better. If you feel like you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your gynecologist is only a call away! Detection is instrumental to control and curb the symptoms and will also improve fertility.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Nua Community, leave them below in the comments section.

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    Reply Palak September 4, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I hvae been recently diagnosed with PCOS and its making me irritated everyday. I have been on my periods for over a month. I don’t exercise that regularly and i have gained a lot of weight because of it. And the worst is the family memebers who know about this consider me too ill and don’t let me near themselves

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      Reply admin September 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Palak, I am sure it must be so tough to go through month long periods! I hope you’ve consulted a gynaecologist and are taking the necessary medication. Please try to stay positive – exercise and eat healthy, that’ll help you feel better. Remember, you’ll get through this too 🙂

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    Reply Unknown September 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

    What are the various steps that can be taken to cure pcod? Read the whole article in search of this question please let me know if possible. What is to be done except for visiting gynaecologist??

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      Reply Nua September 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Hello 🙂 We will not be able to give you a foolproof tip as every woman’s body is different. We recommend consulting a good gynaecologist who can suggest lifestyle changes to cope up with symptoms. Do let us know how the session went.

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    Reply Aafia September 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I am diagnosed with pcods 6 years back i dont get my periods regular (once in 3 month) but my gynaec said there is no need to worry come after marriage 😑 im very much concerned about it!

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Dear Aafia, we understand how concerned you might be due to PCODS. Kindly follow your gynaecologist’s recommendation and medication they’ve prescribed. Additionally, it would be a good idea to switch to a healthier diet and exercising regularly. This will help you regulate your periods better 🙂

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      Reply Afroz November 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Yes! My gynaecologist said to come after I get my too😣 What to do when even doctors are unhelpful?

      I think it’s because the only medicine is birth control pill and its useless taking it now. Only after marriage it becomes necessary to worry about fertility (at least I think that’s what my doctor thinks.)

      I’ve read a lot about PCOS and the overall thing is to eat healthy, drink lots of water and exercise. I’ve started to incorporate everything now. Hopefully, I will see some changes soon!
      Install a food tracking app and see what you’ve been eating everyday. It makes a big difference as I’ve started cutting down on unhealthy food by just seeing the amount of calories I’ve been taking in all this while. I’m not obese but not really a healthy BMI either. Reducing weight helps too, I’ve heard.

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        Reply Afroz November 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm

        My gynaecologist said to come after my marriage. I left out a word, sorry.

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    Reply Saranya September 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I came to know about my PCOD problem on 2014 and I was around 67kgs . After that I reduced my weight to 57kgs and I taken Erythrina Indica leave for 42days then my periods because normal then became of my work stress I can’t able to continue with that. Now I was struggling with the same problem and I gained 62kgs from 57kgs. What can I do know? Will it affect my pregnancy?

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 10:39 am

      Hi Saranya, as you rightly put, lifestyle changes and weight gain can affect the regularity of your period. We recommend visiting your gynaecologist and then a nutritionist. Switching over to a healthier diet and regular exercise will also help 🙂

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    Reply Kanasha September 12, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I do not face irregular periods but sometimes its a heavy flow and sometimes normal or even low. There is no such hair loss on the scalp but do face mood swings during periods and also lack of sleep at times. Does all this is a sign of PCOD?

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Dear Kanasha, irregular periods stem from multiple reasons including Thyroid, obesity and anaemia. We recommend visiting a gynaecologist in the near future for a physical checkup. They will be able to identify the cause and prescribe medications accordingly. We hope this helps 🙂

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    Reply Rudrakshi Bhargava September 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Hello mam
    I have been suffering from PCODS from last 4 to 5 years
    I have been taking many treatments but there is no effect and it causes unwanted hairs on my face and many other issues
    So what can I do now ?
    Please help

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Dear Rudrakshi, kindly continue with your treatment. In the meantime, we also recommend switching over to a healthier diet and regular exercise. Please don’t give up hope. It will get better 🙂

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    Reply Ishika vijayvergia September 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I have already consulted my doctor and got an ultra sound done doctor took it lightly by saying don’t gain more weight and relax this is common these days and it’s been 4 months I haven’t got my periods what to do?

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Dear Ishika, kindly get a second opinion from another gynaecologist. In the meantime, switching over to a healthier diet and regular exercise might help in regulating your periods. We hope this helps 🙂

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    Reply Mansi September 15, 2018 at 1:26 am

    I top have been diagnosed with PCoS…
    I am having a rapid increase in facial hair…
    What can I do to prevent it…
    I had started doing exercise n consuming balanced diet …N what next to be done 4 it ..Plz help

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      Reply Nua October 11, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Dear Mansi, we can understand how tough it might be for you. Kindly visit a gynaecologist and then a nutritionist. They will be able to prescribe medications and help you get through this 🙂

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    Reply Aishwarya October 4, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    I have pcod since 8 years.. There is excessive hair loss… My hair have thinned a lot… Plz guide me with any suggestion

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      Reply Barnana Sarkar October 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Aishwarya,

      We really appreciate you reaching out to us. We are constantly looking for answers to help make things easier for you and we will certainly speak to our experts about your query. We will soon put up an article about PCOD and hair loss.

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