You may already know that polycystic ovarian (or ovary) syndrome (PCOS) is a common cause of infertility. Women with PCOS have an imbalance in female sex hormones, which can wreak havoc with menstrual cycles and cause ovarian cysts, excess body hair, acne, and thinning hair, and other issues. Obesity is also linked to PCOS.
Yesterday signaled the start of the National PCOS Awareness Month. The PCOS Foundation, based in Houston, has a PCOS Awareness 5K planned in Houston for September 25. (The organization also has groups in Sacramento, Washington, DC, and Phoenix, each with its own Facebook page.) PCOS Awareness is another Facebook page where you can find support among its more than 3,000 members.
Sasha Ottey received her PCOS diagnosis in 2008. The next year Ottey started the PCOS Challenge, which has grown to include a 13-week TV series by the same name, as well as a website and radio show. On the TV show 10 women with PCOS are advised by coaches – a dietitian, trainer, and psychologist who offer guidance to help the women get healthier and cope better with the condition.
Do you have PCOS or know someone who does? Which resources have helped you?