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While PCOS brings women many challenges, these stories serve to build us up and reassure us - that we will be okay.
While PCOS brings women many challenges, these stories serve to build us up and reassure us – that we will be okay.
“The ups and downs of the journey were excruciating…I had to convince myself to stick to my goals.”
Twelve years ago, Neha Bangia Gulati, a fitness coach, received news that she thought would devastate her life. An ultrasound revealed that she had multiple cysts in her ovaries and so, Neha was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). She was worried and overwhelmed.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder which brings with it myriad complications – acne, weight gain, abnormal periods, and excessive facial hair, to name a few. A deeper implication, however, is that PCOS serves a serious blow to one’s self esteem. While the disease is physically challenging enough, the societal expectations placed on women to meet beauty standards further burden us further.
Neha is one of the countless number of Indian women who has been diagnosed with PCOS. In fact, one in every four women is diagnosed with the disease and even then, it is incredibly under/misdiagnosed. PCOS is difficult to understand; as Author Richa Mukherjee points out, “For those with PCOS, the body functions on its own timeline.”
And so, we at Women’s Web, in collaboration with HealthKart Women, reached out to our community to share their stories of PCOS.
The diagnosis does not mark the end of one’s life. Devastating as it can be, women with PCOS across India have embarked on a journey to celebrate their bodies. The journey is difficult no doubt but it is important to not let the disease overwhelm the individual. Richa suggested, while sharing her story, to listen to your body and that “PCOS may ravage your body but the battle is fought with the mind.”
There is no right answer or singular path to take. Anantara, also diagnosed with PCOS, had her fair share of problems, from painful periods to great mental stress. Finding a way to live life with the disease further frustrated her. Allopathy aggravated symptoms and conception was accompanied by depression and unfortunately, a miscarriage. PCOS is not a predictable disease and so, post-delivery, she experiences abnormal weight loss and skin infections.
However, stories of PCOS are not only those of defeat. Countless women have shared how they found the strength within themselves to learn how to love their bodies. Some took up weight training, others took to Yoga and mindful nutrition. Many realised that their bodies are beautiful. Anju Jayaram, Co-Founder at Women’s Web, decided to stop trying to be thin and instead, chose to value her body. She says, “I have only one body and it does a lot for me”.
In these stories, one finds important advice to not feel ashamed of the problems one is experiencing and to not hold back from sharing. We must learn to trust ourselves and to see worth in us.
It is alright to feel weak but we must also know that we have immense strength and willpower. However, though PCOS is shared by many women, it is also unique to the individual.
What worked for someone else, may not work for you. This journey to share our stories was supported by HealthKart Women, which has guided plans and products tailor-made for you. Get your free consultation here and find out what works for you.
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PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can cause a lot of distress, especially among younger women, but there are ways to deal with it.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is mostly diagnosed in girls and women aged between 15-44 years of age. It could even start during puberty. Though the cause has not been pinpointed yet, it is known to occur in females with a hereditary tendency to obesity, or if any other member in the family, mostly on the maternal side, has been diagnosed with PCOS.
It causes hormonal levels to go out of balance, causing a disturbance to estrogen and progesterone levels in a woman’s body. These uncontrolled levels affect her ovaries, causing an unusual growth of ovarian cysts, leading to irregular menstrual cycles, also having an effect on the woman’s appearance. Her fertility can be affected, and she can be more prone to cardiac diseases. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is also linked to the development of several other medical conditions such as insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart diseases. Excess insulin is thought to affect a women’s ability to ovulate due to its effect on androgen (male hormone) production. In addition to the inability to ovulate, an advancement in androgen can cause a girl/woman to experience excessive hair growth and weight gain.
Some of the most common questions about PCOS that women have, were answered in this recent Women's Web Facebook chat with Dr. Abhijit Bopardikar.
Some of the most common questions about PCOS that women have, were answered in this recent Women’s Web Facebook chat with Dr. Abhijit Bopardikar.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome commonly known as PCOS, is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. It is also one of the leading cause of infertility among women today.
Globally, 5-10% of women face problems with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at some time in their lives! In fact, a study done to observe the trend in PCOS cases in India revealed that a staggering 1 in 5 women, predominantly in the age group of 15 to 30 years, suffer from PCOS. The results also showed that Eastern India leads the chart with 1 in 4 women suffering from this hormonal disorder.