Menopause in your 20s? It’s a very real danger, if you are an Indian woman. And bad news for a generation that is increasingly putting off child-bearing to their 30s.
Premature Menopause is on the rise
According to a survey by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), 4% of Indian women experience premature menopause in 29 to 34 years age, and 8% experience premature menopause in 34 to 39 years age. These numbers are shocking because normal menopause starts between 45 and 55 years, with a mean age of 51 years around the world.
When Menopause starts, Fertility begins to end
Menopause means the production of eggs in the ovaries and subsequent menstrual cycle has stopped. This is nature’s way of marking the end of Fertility in a woman. The phase before Menopause is called PeriMenopause. Fertility, or the ability to get pregnant, starts reducing during this phase itself.
The main symptom is the slowing down of the menstrual cycle, becoming more irregular and eventually stopping. Once a woman has not had a menstrual cycle in last 12 months, she is considered menopausal.
Women with PCOD are at high risk of becoming infertile at younger ages
PCOD or PolyCystic Ovarian Disorder or Syndrome is also closely related to irregular menstrual cycles (‘Oligomenorrhea’) and imbalanced hormones especially Estrogen, Testosterone, FSH, LH, AMH.
This is why symptoms include Androgenism like unwanted hair on face and body, loss of hair from scalp, adult acne, so on. PCOD tends to trigger insulin resistance, which leads to stubborn weight gain. PCOD is also the leading cause of Infertility (not able to get pregnant) among urban Indian women.
Oral Contraceptive Pills do not reverse PCOD
Some experts prescribe oral contraceptive pills to “induce a cycle”. But the synthetic estrogen + progesterone in the pills cause the body’s natural hormone production system to shut down. Since PCOD is about a hormone system that is struggling – will shutting it down artificially likelily solve the problem? Or make it worse?
When OCPs are stopped every 21-25 days, there is a “withdrawal bleed” due to body craving the artificial hormones. This fools women into thinking they are getting a menstrual period. The truth is that this is simply a Fake Period. But women rarely realize that the underlying hormonal imbalance could possibly be worsening.
Even though PCOD has become more common, there is no clinical research data available on how OCPs (Oral Contraceptive Pills) affect women with PCOD.
OCPs were originally cleared for use to stop ovulation, stop the menstrual cycle, and prevent a woman from being able to get pregnant. Other than reducing hirsutism a bit, the benefits of OCPs are largely unquantified in the treatment of PCOD. And no clinical research has been published if they leave the woman worse off or better off!
PCOD and Premature Menopause have similar symptoms
(PeriMenopause is the phase just before Menopause)
PCOD, then what?
If you have been diagnosed with PCOD, your first focus should be to try and cure it.
Reach out to a qualified Yoga therapist and you should be able to solve the problem before it gets too bad. Our Clinical Yoga Therapy program has delivered very high success in reversing PCOD, usually in 2 to 3 months.
We see a lot of women AFTER being diagnosed with PCOD – they start general Yoga, or “PCOD asanas” – not realizing that these are primarily meant for prevention. But they get disappointed and then wrongly blame the science of Yoga for their own unscientific, shoddy version of Yoga! YouTube is great for movie trailers, but probably not the best place for medical therapy for a serious problem.
A proper customized, targeted Clinical Yoga Therapy program will usually cure PCOD in 2 to 3 months.
If you intend to have children at some point in the future, then it is better to focus on those goals sooner than later. It can be quite a disappointment to leave something for later, only to discover you’ve hit premature menopause at a shockingly young age of 30 or 34 years.
While CYT has been proven to cure PCOD – Premature Menopause is a permanent milestone that marks the end of fertility – and even the power of almighty Yoga is not likely to reverse it.
So basically, don’t delay your therapy to cure PCOD.
Stay Healthy. Stay Motivated. Stay Yogic.
KarmaSpark Clinical Team
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