September is observed as PCOS Awareness Month. WHO stated, “The mission of the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA) is to inform the public about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by providing information and resources for women to get tested, as well as providing support for women diagnosed with PCOS.” The color Teal is used as a symbol to create awareness about PCOS.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is one of the most common ovulatory disorders and is exponentially increasing among women. As many as 3-4 women out of 10 suffer from PCOS. PCOS is a collection of symptoms that occur in women due to elevated levels of androgens (male hormones) in females. It is a serious genetic, hormonal, metabolic, and reproductive disorder that affects the normal ovulation cycle of women. The egg/ovum is trapped inside the ovary and fluid accumulates around it. It forms a bubble-like structure called a cyst. Many such cysts are formed which result in PCOS over time. Apart from affecting the ovulation process, various other symptoms can show. Symptoms like an irregular menstruation cycle, acne, weight gain, unwanted hair growth on different parts of the body, hair loss from the scalp, and a blackish appearance on the neck, in the groin, and under the breasts. The most significant symptom is difficulty in conceiving or bearing offspring. However, women suffering from PCOS often feel inferior due to excess facial and body hair. Although excessive hair is normal and nothing to be concerned about, it can sometimes affect women’s self-esteem. If it is something that bothers you, try shaving which is the safest and easy option for hair removal. Try our Foldable Pretty Face razor and Coco Butter Body Razor from our body grooming range.
What can cause PCOS?
There is no specific cause for it. However, doctors believe that high levels of male hormones present in the ovaries lead to PCOS. It could be due to genetics, insulin resistance, and inflammation. Also, one of the main factors contributing to PCOS among women is obesity and the lifestyle which is prevalent presently. Consumption of junk food, minimal physical activities, and high stress levels are some of the other contributing factors. Moreover, lack of regular sleep adds to the development of PCOS in women.
It is important to get diagnosed as and when you see the signs and symptoms. One suffering from PCOS must adopt a healthy lifestyle to keep the symptoms in check. Limiting sugar consumption, sleeping for 8 hours, exercising regularly, and having a healthy diet helps in keeping PCOS in control. Having said that, it is not easy and it takes a lot to go through this alone. Always remember to love your body as it is and care for it as much as you should.