It’s PCOS awareness month – let’s discuss all the things PCOS fighters would like others to know.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. It affects 1 in 10 women worldwide. For anyone who has PCOS, here’s what they’d like others to know:
1) There isn’t enough awareness.
2) There’s a lot of symptoms to manage.
3) It can wreak havoc on your emotions.
4) It’s likely to affect your fertility.
5) People often make ignorant comments about your physical appearance e.g. weight, hair, acne.
6) There’s no set age to be diagnosed. Some girls get diagnosed in their teens, others don’t find out until later in life when trying to conceive.
7) Birth control is usually prescribed as a treatment option because it helps decrease testosterone, increase female hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, ease acne and excess hair.
8) People generally try a lot of different treatment options to figure out how to manage their symptoms including medications, exercise, and diet.
9) Periods can have no consistency for cycle length or heaviness, which makes it extremely hard to manage, plan, and treat.
10) Ovarian cysts can be painful. Sure, some women may get them and not feel anything, but for a lot of us it can impact your daily life. Oh, and rupturing cysts hurt.. a lot.
11) There can be a lot of confidence issues that come with PCOS from a young age.
12) Thanks, but PCOS isn’t ‘normal’ and you probably don’t actually understand how it feels.
13) It’s linked to other illnesses and diseases including depression, anxiety, endometrial cancer, sleep apnea, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.