Statistics show that one in every 10 women has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS, a disorder that usually involves an excess of male hormones and irregular ovulation.
Although it appears to be the leading cause of infertility in women, and raises their risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, it is the symptoms that affect their physical appearance that cause the most distress.
These symptoms include:
- Excess facial and body hair
- Male pattern baldness
- Severe acne
- Extreme weight gain
Since pre-teens, teens and post-menopausal women too have been diagnosed with PCOS, there’s no one easy way to deal with the consequences of these symptoms. What’s even more worrying is that women with this syndrome tend to be four times more prone to depression and even experience high anxiety, low self-esteem and tend to have suicidal tendencies and eating disorders.
The main issue here is their constant struggle with their body image. In an age where fat-shaming and skinny-shaming are both common, where social media allows negativity to be delivered to your inbox, and where your attractiveness is constantly judged, women with PCOS are even more at risk for negative body image issues.
Fortunately there are five simple things you can do to manage and cope with the symptoms of PCOS:
- Sleep, exercise and good nutrition in adequate amounts are essential to offset the negative effects of the symptoms. Eliminating refined, processed and synthetic foodstuffs will help immensely in the healing process.
- Get in touch with your inner self and you will learn to rely on your own self for regulating your happiness and deal with mood swings and frustrations. Meditation is a good way to achieve this connect and recruiting a friend to do it with you is even more rewarding.
- Yes, our appearances do matter to us, so although it’s not worth obsessing over, deal with excess facial and body hair by methods that have been approved by your doctor, such as chemical hair removal, waxing, bleaching, electrolysis, laser treatments and even depilatory hair removal creams.
- Thinning hair or balding can be combated by getting your hair styled in a smart and funky way. You could rock some cool headgear when you go out like hats or elegant wraps and scarves, or have fun with it by donning a sexy wig in a glam color. Shaving your head completely can be a radical way to sport a new look and exude strong confidence.
- Use soothing herbal products to calm down angry skin. Never pick at it, instead try making packs and masks from fruit, yogurt or other natural items after checking with your doctor. Regular massages, acupressure therapy and yoga are known to lull the body into a wonderful sense of wellbeing, and generate positive feelings.
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