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!