PCOS – polycystic ovarian (or ovary) syndrome – is a chronic condition that affects the lives and health of millions of people globally. At least 6%-12% of people (as many as five million) with female sex organs of childbearing age suffer from PCOS, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This means that if you are one of the five million, you are probably facing issues related to irregular periods, weight-gain, hair-loss, acne, probably even depression & extreme mood swings! As upsetting as it maybe to be in this situation, it does not mean that you should be perturbed, feel low about yourself or experience self-doubt. All it means is that you need to be a little more self-aware and show yourself some love. And then, with some help from yourself and certain professionals like doctors & dieticians around you, you are ready to be a PCOS Avenger!
So, the first step is to note symptoms of PCOS and then consult with a good gynaecologist for the same. And by good here, I do not mean the high fees fancy doctors, but the ones who treat you with patience & are able to establish a comfort zone for you. You should be able to express your deepest concerns to the doctor as the journey to betterment in PCOS is as much emotional as physical. We often tend to ignore the emotional struggle while dealing with PCOS. The hormonal imbalance in your body causes the turmoil in your mind and that leads to feeling depressed, being low on energy and lethargic all the time.
The solution, you ask – joyful physical activities! If practised, these will make you feel all things wonderful about yourself & the world around you. It could be a dance workout, a relaxing yoga practise, a swimming session, playing a sport or even a simple 45 minutes jog with your favourite music playing in your ears.
Women with PCOS are more likely to develop symptoms of depression. When you work out, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that promote feelings of wellness. This can help you manage stress and alleviate some symptoms of depression, lose weight, regularize periods & be a PCOS Avenger!
While you yourself are enough to turn your life around and be a healthier version of yourself, a supporting family/partner could just be the joy of all joys. While talking about PCOS, the importance of medicine, exercise, healthy diet etc is always recommended and highly stressed upon but you rarely find suggestions on how loved ones around could help you in achieving all these goals with a little more love & motivation.
Along with educating yourself about PCOS make sure that you also educate your family/partner about the same. Family or more specifically a partner could help by making lifestyle changes with you instead of you doing it alone. Instead of going out to dinner or a movie, go for a walk or bicycle ride together. Find ways to be active together. This will help unload the burden off your shoulders and at the same time make them sensitive & considerate towards your daily struggle that you are now overcoming cause you my friend are a PCOS Avenger!