Suc­cess Story

Over­com­ing PCOS

Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - Sneha Mukher­jee

Iam a market re­search pro­fes­sional and cur­rently mom to a 21-month-old baby boy. I was deemed to be a PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syn­drome) vic­tim, since my school days. I use the word ‘vic­tim’, be­cause that is how so­ci­ety makes you feel about your con­di­tion. I was very healthy and ev­ery­one called me chubby. I had a lot of hair growth all over my face and as a teenager, it used to get quite frus­trat­ing at times… Not to men­tion, the in­sane num­ber of days spent vis­it­ing gy­naecs and con­sum­ing a cock­tail of medicines, rang­ing from met­formins to hor­mone bal­anc­ing pills. In a snap­shot, my child­hood and teenage years turned out to be a clas­sic case of ‘been there, done that’ to counter my PCOS con­di­tion. If that was not enough, the count­less ad­vice and home reme­dies sug­gested by nu­mer­ous rel­a­tives and well­wish­ers added to the frus­tra­tion. In­ci­den­tally, des­tiny had some­thing else in store for me. Af­ter my mar­riage, my hus­band and I moved to Ban­ga­lore. Since we had to now con­sult a new doc­tor in a new city, we got a few rec­om­men­da­tions, and fi­nally ze­roed in on one. That was prob­a­bly the Eureka mo­ment in my life. The doc­tor

I was very healthy and ev­ery­one called me chubby. I had a lot of hair growth all over my face and as a teenager, it used to get quite frus­trat­ing at times.

pa­tiently went through my en­tire med­i­cal his­tory, looked at the huge pile of med­i­cal files and sug­gested that all I needed was a life­style change. She told me to stop all the medicines, which was like al­most 10 pills a day, at that point of time. I was shocked and had a strong urge to take a sec­ond opin­ion. But then given the fact that she pre­scribed strong life­style changes, I thought let me give it a shot first! My life­style till then was mired with bad food choices, a diet which con­sisted of a lot of aer­ated drinks, junk and canned food, hardly any green veg­eta­bles or homemade food, and very lit­tle phys­i­cal

ex­er­cise. For the first time in my life, I started putting con­scious ef­forts to cor­rect my con­di­tion with­out any medic­i­nal in­ter­ven­tion. I started read­ing a lot on health, nu­tri­tion, healthy life­style, food ben­e­fits. My life­style un­der­went a sea change as I con­sciously started im­ple­ment­ing my new-found knowl­edge into prac­tice. I started ex­er­cis­ing daily for 30-40 min­utes, stopped all medicines, and started eat­ing home-made food. All green veg­eta­bles be­came a big part of my daily diet, fol­lowed by a lot of pro­tein in­take. I said a com­plete no to all bad carbs and only started tak­ing good carbs, had a cup of green tea daily and good fats like nuts and seeds, re­duced my su­gar in­take to min­i­mum and turned my back to all sug­ary and aer­ated drinks. I grad­u­ally started adding coloured fruits and veg­eta­bles to my diet, started hy­drat­ing my­self daily with lots of wa­ter and fol­lowed a strict NO ap­proach to all fried food and sweets. Within a year-and-a-half, with my ex­er­cise regime and a dras­tic change in my food habits, I had come to a weight frame of 52 kgs from 62 kgs at the peak of PCOS days. Sonog­ra­phy re­ports sug­gested that there was a pos­i­tive re­duc­tion in my con­di­tion, from be­ing se­vere to mild. Also, I had never felt more fresh and en­er­getic in my en­tire life. I con­ceived nat­u­rally within six months post that. From be­ing af­flicted with a se­vere case of PCOS to con­ceiv­ing and de­liv­er­ing nat­u­rally, a full-term healthy baby, it was as if my life had un­der­gone a full cy­cle. PCOS preg­nan­cies are con­sid­ered to be risky and nor­mally end with a C-Sec­tion, if at all they last full term, is what I had been told umpteen num­ber of times. How­ever, mine was in my gy­naec’s lan­guage an ex­em­plary preg­nancy, which would be quoted as an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low. Dur­ing my en­tire preg­nancy, I had only good fats, no ghee lad­doos or fried food, did pre-natal ex­er­cises like walk­ing and yoga. I put on a healthy 11 kgs of weight, and lost it all soon as it was all good fat I was con­sum­ing. A shout out to all the ladies suf­fer­ing from PCOS - all you need to do is al­ter your life­style, eat healthy, do a 40 min­utes of ex­er­cise daily, read a lot, be aware of your con­di­tion and most im­por­tantly be pos­i­tive. Stay happy and healthy!

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