Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS was rare a few decades before,now, however, it is extremely common and we see a new case very often.
The symptoms are acne, irregular or absent periods, obesity, hirsutism (excessive growth of bodily hair) and infertility. Not all patients have every symptom. An ultrasound scan shows that sufferers have changes in the ovaries which cause multiple small cysts to occur without ovulation. As ovulation does not occur, hormone levels do not fall as they would normally do. Consequently menstruation, which occurs in response to falling levels of hormones, may be delayed or absent. We feel that this situation should be able to be picked up early in teenagers who do not menstruate regularly. At this point, some homeopathic remedies would help, but the patient and the doctor need to be aware that irregularity may indicate pathology and some tests need to be done, even if no other symptoms are present. We call this early stage the “tough ovary” situation. It is as if the covering (capsule) of the ovary is too tough to allow the follicle to burst when it has ripened. Some homeopathic medicines can arrest the situation here only.
The elevated levels of testosterone and estrogen eventually result in hirsutism, acne and long or absent menstrual cycles and obesity. In order to understand this complex syndrome we keep analyzing the patients we had seen in the previous years. Generally the patients come to us when they want to become pregnant and find that they have a problem .generally they are busy, professionals and in stressful jobs.
Acne 70% patients present with acne and most of the times they are prescribed strong medicines by dermatologist and PCOS is not considered as Daignosis.Dermatologists do not normally ask about periods. Hirsutism most of the patients have abnormal body hair. One of our patients had it since the age of 16 and was now 31.
Menstrual cycle All the patients have abnormally long menstrual cycles. 60%have the problem since they started menstruating. Usually if a teenager goes to the doctor complaining of a long cycle, investigations for PCOS are not undertaken and the patient is reassured that things will settle down Weight at 50% patients were overweight. Infertility Only 40% patients complain of infertility. Secondary infertility is common with PCOS Concomitant problems patients suffer from depression and grief, addiction problems, heavy smoking and eating disorders.
Homeopathy is the only system which looks at the problem as a whole and not just at the ovaries and Hormones and hence carefully selected medicine will help in improvement of variety of symptoms and further deterioration of the system.