How To Deal With PCOS? Check Out These 5 Steps To Make Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Bearable

How To Deal With PCOS? Check Out These 5 Steps To Make Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Bearable

Let me tell you something very personal and private about myself. I suffer from PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. In the simplest of ways, it means that I get irregular periods, extremely painful cramps, have cysts in my ovaries, etc. In fact, I’m not the only one. Studies have found that one in five Indian women suffers from PCOS. And trust me when I say that if it is not monitored or taken care of at the right time, it can have some serious impacts on a woman’s overall health.

What is even more dangerous about having PCOS is that it is a condition that can present itself in many different ways and at any time. Women who go through PCOS are the ones who know what it is to get cramps that can make it difficult to get up in the morning (or at any other time).

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Being one of the women who suffer from this condition, I have some steps that I follow that make it easier for me to cope with my cramps and PCOS better. And I thought that sharing these steps with you might help you or at least ease out the pain that you might feel before, after, or during your periods.

So, here are 5 steps that make PCOS bearable and honestly, easier to deal with: 

1. Taking a warm bath

I know that getting out of bed can be a task for women dealing with PCOS and especially even more so when they are on their periods. But trust me, having a long, warm bath does help with the cramps and provides comfort to your vaginal region.

2. Using a heating water pad

I prefer using hot water pads rather than those electric heat pads because I find them a lot more soothing. If you do not have a heating water pad, you can even put some hot water in a bottle and place it on your lower back, near your abdomen, etc. It will bring relief to those areas and help you sleep better.

3. Any form of light exercise

Those who suffer from PCOS would know how badly your feet and body can hurt – especially when you’re on your periods. Having said that, walking around for some time, some yoga, or some swimming can help with your blood flow. And this in turn will minimize bloating and the intensity of cramps.

4. Avoid caffeine

This is a must-do for all those with PCOS. Avoid caffeine as much as you can. And this is not just for when you’re on your periods but also otherwise. This is because caffeine can irritate your stomach while also giving you the achy, crampy, bloated feeling. 

P.S Avoiding sweet and carbonated drinks will also help reduce bloating.  

5. Get plenty of sleep

Ladies and gentlemen, PCOS fatigue is real. Please don’t dismiss it off as plain simple lethargicness. And women out there, if you’re feeling too tired and find yourself unable to do simple, routine tasks, please take a break and get a gooooood sleep. It helps your body and mind feel more relaxed and gives it time to reconfigure.

For some reason that is beyond my understanding, not many people talk about PCOS and the toll it takes on a woman’s body. I urge you all to take into consideration the pain, the cramps, the blood flow, the fatigue, the bloating, the moodiness, etc. a woman goes through – especially the one suffering from this condition.  

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