Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a metabolic, hormonal, and psychosocial disorder that affects a large number of women between the ages of 15 and 30 years. The symptoms related to PCOS typically start to surface when a woman begins to menstruate.
The type and severity of the condition and symptoms vary from individual to individual. A common characteristic of PCOS is irregular menstrual periods, weight gain, and hirsutism.
Not to mention that the symptoms of obesity, acne, excessive hair growth and infertility cause a high level of psychological distress in women. Additionally, women with PCOS suffer from anxiety, depression and a decreased quality of life in the areas of overall health and sex.
Due to the weight gain, PCOS can lead to other subsequent diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypertension. By treating PCOS promptly through holistic practices such as yoga, it is possible to reduce its negative effects on your health and your life. Here are four asanas that can help:
1. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
2. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
3. Marjariasana (Cat-Cow Pose)
Tip: Remember to inhale as you look up and exhale as you look down
4. Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)
Word of advice: If you have wrist, neck, or shoulder issues, please avoid this asana. Please do not perform this asana during menstruation or pregnancy. Practitioners who are suffering from enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen, cervical spondylitis, slipped disc and high blood pressure or other heart ailments must avoid this posture.
By playing a major role in weight loss, yoga can immediately lower your risk of diabetes, and cardiovascular disease caused by PCOD. Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are eliminated to a great extent with yoga.
Yoga has a calming effect on your body and this, in turn, reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body. By enhancing blood supply to the brain, yoga restores hormonal balance thus increasing the chances of fertility.