In this fast-paced world, we often read about numerous disorders on the internet, yet we are oblivious to whether we are diagnosed with one of them. As we celebrate September month as the "PCOS AWARENESS MONTH," we would like to shed some light on this topic to make sure everyone recognizes the importance of awareness of this issue.
One of the most common irreversible disorders is PCOS, which affects women.
PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. As the name infers, it is a 'syndrome,' or a group of symptoms that affect the patients at different degrees, leading to the upheaval of the body's normal physiology. Common symptoms include baldness, hair thinning, facial hair growth, sleep disorders, acne, obesity, depression, mood swings, etc.
PCOS is so common it is said that 1 in 10 women have this syndrome. Although one of the prominent causes of infertility and a condition that affects females physically, mentally, and emotionally, PCOS is barely talked about As society "tags" women to be perfect in appearance, young girls who are new to this situation often have low esteem compared to other girls. Cases of bullying, harassment, and mental trauma have been common with young girls from within the age group of 14-17 years old and above.
Women around this age feel insecure about their bodies when they undergo physical and hormonal changes. We frequently talk about normalizing "body hair" and "body fat," etc., yet girls get taunted and bullied throughout their school days, be it somebody who is diagnosed with PCOS or somebody who is not. Women are body shamed with this condition; even though they eat a “normal” diet, they still gain weight regardless of how much they eat.
By celebrating PCOS AWARENESS MONTH, we aim to fill the silence and wipe out the ignorance so that young girls can pay closer attention to changes in their bodies that aren't normal and speak up about them to get help.
We want to tell all the women that “You are beautiful, Brave, and amazing! You are unique the way you are.” Sometimes we overlook thousands of people who accept us the way we are, but we only notice the one person who doesn't. Having PCOS has zero contingency on your worth and value as a woman. Know that you didn't do this to yourself, your body is not broken, and there is nothing wrong with you.
Even though constant research is being done on PCOS, there is still so much work that needs to be done into raising awareness. We as teenagers can at least normalize this and also educate our elders and peers about PCOS.