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By Gurmeet Kaur
Hope the new year has started very well for you all. Being born a woman is such a blessing. Isn’t it? Being able to give birth and nurture it is such a godsent feeling. But with great power come great responsibilities and with that come greater challenges. Among numerous health challenges that we face in our lifetime, one that has taken the biggest toll is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Sounds familiar? Read on to find out everything about this issue and how to deal with it.
What is PCOS
PCOS is a medical condition in which a woman’s body undergoes an imbalance of hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. This imbalance, after a period of time, leads to the formation of cysts in the ovaries. This imbalance causes various anomalies in the body, like irregularities in the menstrual cycle, excessive hair growth in various body parts, issues with fertility, blood pressure issues etc.
How does one get PCOS
While today’s medical fraternity hasn’t confirmed the exact cause of PCOS, there is an array of triggers which have caused the previous victims fall prey to this disease, like, genetic inheritance, excessive insulin, obesity etc. But most importantly, it is caused due to negligence.
What are the symptoms of PCOS
How to know if it has knocked? Pay attention if your body exhibits any of these symptoms:
• Excessive weight gain or weight loss
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Excessive hair growth on face and other body parts
• Hair loss in patches
• Fertility issues
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Most of us, whether mothers or daughters, sisters or friends, we all hardly acknowledge the little anomalies before they turn into a giant mammoth draining us of our good health.
Why you need to pay attention
Do you want to know why we are so worried about PCOS? All across the globe, girls as young as 6 years to women as old as the ones in their forties are the patients. Shocked? The percentage of population affected by PCOS is increasing with each passing day. Not just this, the effects of PCOS are pushing so many of our fellow ladies towards depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and what not!
So consult your doctor, hit the gym if you have to and get yourself a complete clinical diagnosis. Don’t shy away from medication. Do all that you can! And while we celebrate our womanhood with a greater pride this year, let us all come together, save ourselves and each other. After all, IMBB has made us feel that behind every successful woman, is a tribe of other successful women. 🙂
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