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Case 3: PCOD/PCOS - Medical treatment information

Medical condition - Polycystic ovarian disease/syndrome

Brief description - PCOS is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include obesity, not enough physical exercise, and a family history of someone with the condition.

Signs & Symptoms - Irregular or no menstrual periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, trouble getting pregnant, and patches of thick, darker, velvety skin. Associated conditions include type 2 diabetes, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, mood disorders, and endometrial cancer.

Cause - PCOS is a heterogeneous disorder of uncertain cause, but PCOS has some aspects of a metabolic disorder, since its symptoms are partly reversible. Even though considered as a gynecological problem, PCOS consists of 28 clinical symptoms. USG Scan revealed Multiple cysts of 3-5 mm in both ovaries.

Treatment - The primary treatments for PCOS include: lifestyle changes, medications and surgery.

  • Goals of treatment may be considered under four categories:
  • Lowering of insulin resistance levels
  • Restoration of fertility
  • Treatment of hirsutism or acne
  • Restoration of regular menstruation, and prevention of endometrial hyperplasia and endometrial cancer

Case Primer

  • 30 year old female with PCOS complaint since 5 years and Associated infertility
  • Have tried IVF and have failed twice; PCOS is not resolving even after treatment for 5 years

Treatment given - Panchakarma: Virechana was planned as initial treatment followed by medications and herbs in the form of concoctions and pills for 6 months.

Results - It was confirmed through USG scan that both the ovaries did not have any cysts and No abnormalities were detected on the whole.

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