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What is the importance of PCOS Awareness Month?

What is the importance of PCOS Awareness Month?

 

It’s that time of the month… September 1, the start of the PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) awareness month.  A campaign created to raise awareness on PCOS and help improve the lives of women who are affected by PCOS. Wonder why this month is bloody important not only for women but men too? We’ve pad-ded our 4 reasons for you -
 

Going with the flow


#1. Going with the flow? Not a good idea.

Unwanted body hair, weight gain, infrequent periods, acne, cramps? 1 in every 5 Indian women face these problems caused by PCOS. Then why are they not discussing this?

  • Because 25% of women don’t know what PCOS is to begin with
  • Almost 15% don’t want to discuss it with others.
  • 48% find it uncomfortable to discuss PCOS with their partners.
  • And 65% are not even aware of the symptoms.
Spot it? Speak about it

 

#2. Spot it? Speak about it

If PCOS is not diagnosed and treated, it could lead to infertility, alopecia, and more serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, sleep apnea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even depression!

However, to be diagnosed with PCOS, patients need to report its symptoms. But often women don't report them and many doctors don't inquire about them either.

 

Let’s break the cycle


#3. Let
s break the cycle

While PCOS is not curable, its symptoms can be managed. Most PCOS treatment focuses on managing individual issues, such as infertility, hirsutism, acne or obesity.  These could involve lifestyle changes or even medication. Women should go see their gynaecologist if they observe PCOS symptoms, especially irregular or delayed periods.  When more women are aware of PCOS and its symptoms, they will get them diagnosed and get treated. And on sharing their recovery experience, others will be inspired to take action too, thus setting off a healthy cycle! 

More awareness → Women diagnose PCOS→ More women getting treated.

Men should know about PCOS too. Period.

#4. Men should know about PCOS too. Period.

For women to feel comfortable talking to their partner about PCOS, men should know about it too. They should even go for doctor appointments with women and ask their questions. This will help women get all the support they need while dealing with PCOS.

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Spearmint leaf (Mentha Spicata), Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica Dioica), Lemon grass
(Cymbopogon citratus), Ginger root (Zingiber officinale), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita),
Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia), Ashoka (Saraca Asoca), Lodhra (Symplocos),
Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Daruharidra
(Berberis Aristata)

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