There is a woman named LaRae Perkins, who is suffering from a hormonal disorder that makes her grow facial hair, has decided to embrace her beard. At the same time, she encourages girls to accept themselves instead of feeling ashamed. What’s more, she has the hormonal disorder because she has a disease called PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).
PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects women during childbearing years. Its clinical expression varies but commonly results in Amenorrhoea or irregular menstrual cycle, an excess of androgen and the presence of polycystic ovaries.
What’s worse, PCOS is also accompanied by the following symptoms: Unwanted hair growth (excessive facial hair), Thinning hair on the head, Acne, Mood changes, Sleep problems, Infertility, Depression, Weight gain and Fatigue.
There is no clear diagnostic procedure for PCOS. The physician always begins by discussing the medical history, including menstrual periods and weight changes. The physical examination will include checking for signs of excess hair growth, insulin resistance, and acne. Other common tests are pelvic examination, hormone testing, and ultrasound.Most of the ovaries of patients with PCOS have testicular blastomas, hilar theca cell tumors.
In general, the ovaries of adolescent girls are not yet mature, and irregular menstruation is normal. And most adolescent girls develop acne. So , there is no overall agreement as to how to diagnose PCOS in adolescence. The diagnostic criteria for PCOS in adolescents are different from those in older women of childbearing age Although pelvic examination, hormone testing, and ultrasound findings are consistent with clinical expression of POCS, it does not confirm that an adolescent girl has PCOS. However, when adolescent girls are found to have a tendency to have polycystic ovary syndrome, they must go to the hospital and cooperate with the doctor's intervention.
If left untreated, it can lead to an increased risk of endometrial cancer, Infertility (early treatment of PCOS can help prevent infertility or increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy), Obesity-related diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, may also increase the risk of breast cancer. PCOS is hard to be prevented or completely cured. However, early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term complications such as infertility, metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Many women with PCOS worry about whether they will be able to have children. However, most women with PCOS can still become pregnant with ovulation induction therapy.
Victoria's Secret angel Romee Strijd also has PCOS. At that time, she had not had her period for six years. But after a series of adjustments, she finally regained her period and successfully became pregnant.
Indeed, the women with PCOS may suffer from physical discomfort and feelings of inferiority due to the symptoms of PCOS. But PCOS is not a shameful disease. It can cause by many reasons, such as genetic factors. Although it will bring a lot of bad consequences, people’ d better try to accept it just like Romee. Everything is possible if people are willing to try to make a change.
Here are some suggestions for the women with PCOS:
1. Go to the hospital and see a doctor to ask for advice. Then follow the doctor’s advice.
2. Regulate your emotions and don't put too much pressure on yourself.
3. Don't stay up late and keep a good schedule.
4. Do exercise to increase the body's resistance, such as running and swimming.
5. Pay attention to personal hygiene and nutrition balance.
6. Eat foods high in fiber and essential fatty acids. Eat foods that fight androgens.
By the way , keep PCOS in perspective. LaRae Perkins and Romee Strijd really formexamples. LaRae once said, "We 'women with beards' may be a little different, but we're alsohuman!You must love all of yourself including your flaws in order to be respected, otherwise you will just be a person hiding who you really are and trying to fit in. I'mso thankful that I can stand up and encourage all women with facial hair. If it's just one woman who has spoken out and embraced her true self, it's worth it. I'm so proud of myself."
So keep your head up princess and fore your crown falls! Love yourself and be yourself, then nothing can destroy you！