Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
A study on corrective effect of yogic asanas on severity of polycystic ovary syndrome in some selective women
Author(s): Mishra Seema
Abstract: Hormone status is affected by environment, as proved by many previous studies. Now it is significantly affecting the in vivo hormonal production, their chemistry and even their functioning. Between 1 in 10 women of childbearing age has PCOS. It can occur in girls as young as 11 years,. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, is a metabolic disorder that affects the female reproductive system. The key characteristics in the studied group include irregular menstruation, obesity, infertility, acne and hair growth on the face, chest, and back (hirsutism) and ovarian cysts. Some have Type 2 diabetes. And most of them have effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones. Serum insulin levels are significantly higher in subjects having PCOs, androgens, specifically testosterone, and often less estrogen and progesterone than normal. Many other associated health problems are also seen –dyslipidemia, autoimmune thyroiditis, high blood pressure. But the most disastrous effect is stress via PCOs stimulates excessive production of Insulin, finally Insulin Resistance Diabetes [Type –II Diabetes] is developed. It has been found that a permanent cure is not achieveable by medicines only, as discontinuation of medical treatment results in reoccurrence of symptoms and complications, with absence / irregular menstruation cycle. For acne and excess hair growth, the diuretic spironolactone (Aldactazide) can help for a short duration with resultant hyponatremia (Low Na serum level) & hypovolaemia (Low serum K level) like complications. And for women who desire pregnancy, clomiphene (Clomid) can be used to induce ovulation, but excessive weight gain is additional problem with this. Studies have indicated that diabetic medications that are designed to improve the action of the hormone insulin may benefit women with PCOS. Long-term trials of these insulin-sensitizing drugs -- such as Avandia (rosiglitazone), Actos (pioglitazone), and Glucophage (metformin) for PCOS are underway and proved not significantly beneficial. Alternative therapies are found beneficial as they are treating without any side effects and specially yogic practices for the remedy of PCOs like syndrome are found intense therapeutic even after discontinuation of yogic asanas for PCOs.