If you ladies are experiencing an irregular period with rapid bodily changes like excessive facial hair and/or hair loss, unwarranted weight gain, acne, and even blurring of vision, then you might be suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS.)
As netizen Tenten Joson explains, “PCOS is caused by an imbalance amount of hormones (chemical messengers) in your brain and ovaries. PCOS usually happens when a hormone called LH (from the pituitary gland) or levels of insulin (from the pancreas) are too high, which then causes the ovaries to make extra amounts of testosterone.”
Joson herself has been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and now she’s going out of her way to spread awareness about this condition.
It is important we have a mainstream discourse on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, especially with how many are actually afflicted with it. According to Women’s Health, “between 5% and 10% of women of childbearing age (between 15 and 44) have PCOS. Most often, women find out they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s, when they have problems getting pregnant and see their doctor. But PCOS can happen at any age after puberty.”
Women’s Health also confirmed what Joson said about the syndrome’a symptoms: irregular menstruation, too much facial hair, acne, thinning hair due to hairfall, weight gain, and darkening of the skin.
Although this condition has no cure, doctors say it’s important to manage its symptoms to at least neutralize the higher diabetes risks of those with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
“There is no cure for PCOS, but you can manage the symptoms of PCOS. You and your doctor will work on a treatment plan based on your symptoms, your plans for children, and your risk for long-term health problems such as diabetes and heart disease,” says Women’s Health.
Having this condition really alters a woman’s look, which is why Joson tells all those who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
“For those who have the same syndrome as mine, even magka buhok buhok tayo kung sa’n saan, tumaba tayo ng bigla bigla or malagasan ng madaming buhok! MAGAGANDA PADIN TAYO AND GAGALING TAYO (kahit walang cure) POSITIVE LANG”
Other netizens also weighed in on the discussion:
What do you think? Do you or anyone you know suffer from PCOS? What steps do you/they take to manage it? Share it with us in the comments section below!