PCOS Management using Integrated Approach
Journal: The Indian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research
Author: Anjali Mukerjee
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects women of reproductive age resulting in hormonal, reproductive and metabolic abnormalities with an associated constellation of symptoms including disturbed menstrual cycle, hyperandrogenism, acne, weight gain, hair loss, diabetic predisposition, depression, mood swings and sub-fertility. Although a very complex disorder, PCOS can be managed optimally in some cases with the help of lifestyle intervention, nutritional therapy and Ayurveda.
The subject of this study was a 30-year-old obese female with a clinical history of PCOS due to which she was unable to conceive. Her blood tests showed hyperinsulinism and borderline high cholesterol. She had low immunity and low energy coupled with high stress levels.
The purpose of this case study was to determine the benefits of an Integrated Approach, that included nutritional therapy, ayurvedic herbs, vitamins, minerals, lifestyle modifications, along with exercise and counselling, in the management of PCOS and its comorbidities.
During the 12-week treatment with the Integrated Approach, the patient lost 6 kg weight, felt more energetic, had reduction in fasting serum insulin levels, improved body composition, improved immunity and reduced stress that culminated in a successful pregnancy.