Dealing with period problems is tough and most of us know whether or not we have been diagnosed with a condition like PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Now, add this diagnosis to the existing period problems – unbearable pain, irregular cycle, missed periods – this is disaster amplified. People living with PCOS know what I mean.
It isn’t just a period problem that they have to deal with, but a host of other physiological and psychological problems that keep them on the hook. Largely, PCOS affects a woman’s fertility (as the ovaries may develop fluid-filled follicles that affect ovulation) and interferes with pregnancy planning.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder that is characterized by high levels of male sex hormones in the body. Apart from causing period problems (as mentioned above) it can also lead to – acne, hirsutism, obesity, excessive hair loss or male pattern baldness. In some women, living with PCOS for prolonged periods can also trigger certain health conditions like – Type II diabetes, cardiovascular problems, cholesterol issues later in life.
Another aspect of this condition that we don’t speak out about is the psychological effect. Acne, facial hair, obesity, hair loss – all make a dent in one’s happiness quotient. There are studies that suggest women with PCOS have BID (body image distress) that can lead to anxiety and depression. This is the bitter truth. We know way too many stories of young women who have suffered in silence with BID due to acne, obesity, hair fall. Body image issues take up a lot of mental space and disrupt the peace of your mind. Remember, every woman’s body is different and comes with its own terms and conditions. All it needs is love, affection, and attention and it all starts with – YOU.
If you have been dealing with body image issues all alone, we understand it would have been tough for you to fight this battle over the years. If you still find it difficult to deal with or love yourself back, we would like to remind you about the following:
Sometimes, it’s just doing these little things that can go a long way in inducing positivity and instilling a healthy body image perception.
From team Fitterfly, we would like to tell you – Don’t let the hormones win over you. There is beauty in winning over the odds and reaching out to the person you are within flaws apart, don’t forget to connect with yourself, and give yourself a pat on the back for holding yourself together with grace.
Body-image distress is increased in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and mediates depression and anxiety Alur-Gupta, Snigdha et al. Fertility and Sterility, Volume 112, Issue 5, 930 - 938.e1 Published:August 05, 2019 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2019.06.018
Bazarganipour, F., Ziaei, S., Montazeri, A., Foroozanfard, F., Kazemnejad, A., & Faghihzadeh, S. (2013). Body image satisfaction and self-esteem status among the patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. Iranian journal of reproductive medicine, 11(10), 829–836.
Thomas, Semara & Pastore, Lisa. (2013). Body image and quality of life of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Handbook on Body Image: Gender Differences, Sociocultural Influences and Health Implications. 413-424.
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