Saturday, September 1, 2012

September: PCOS Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine disorder that is thought to affect 20% of all women in the world -- that's 1 in 5 of us, ladies.  It is the most common endocrine disorder and the leading cause of infertility.  PCOS has a cluster of complicated symptoms that are not the same for all women:

Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular periods
Infertility or inability to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy
Weight gain, usually around the waist
Anxiety and depression
Mood swings
Fatigue and low energy
Sleep apnea and difficulty falling asleep
Pelvic pain
Increased hair growth on the face and body
Male-pattern baldness and thinning hair
Acne, dandruff, skin tags, and patches of dark skin

Since September is PCOS Awareness Month, my polish bestie Nory has coordinated a group of us to spread the word of this incurable syndrome that affects not just women, but their spouses, family, and friends.  As women, however, it is our responsibility to know the signs of this surprisingly common yet untalked about condition and educate our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends about PCOS and how it could affect our lives.  Importantly, those who suffer from PCOS should know they are not alone and these linked posts are a testament to the fact that PCOS sufferer or not, we are united in the fight to find a cure for this horrible syndrome.


In honor of the awareness month, we have dedicated this post to PCOS Awareness colors:
TEAL and WHITE

Essence Choose Me! and Orly Au Champagne
If you are interested in learning more about the syndrome, diagnosis, and treatment options, please visit PCOS Foundation.

If you are interested in a place for support, please visit PCOS Challenge



28 comments :

  1. This looks amazing! I can't thank you enough for all the love and support you have given me this past year we have known each other. Your accent heart is so cute! Success!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wanna buy this to my girl , great! c_o_u_g_a_r_s_t_e_r_c_0_m is a club where people can dating,chat .

    ReplyDelete
  3. pretty teal! I like your accent nail!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks! That was freehand so I was super stressed about it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's been my pleasure, girly. You're the only one I'd freehand nail art for ;)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Beautiful, Amanda. I've learned a lot through this challenge, & the nail community are such nice people. x

    ReplyDelete
  7. They truly are. I've been blessed to know them.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Fabulous post, Amanda! Nory has really done an amazing service, getting us involved, getting the word out...and even getting you to willingly tackle freehand nail art! Very good job on your heart too--it's adorable. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thank you, Elizabeth! Huge kudos to Nory for all of those things <3

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a gorgeous mani to represent this syndrome!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you, that really means a lot <3

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is gorgeous...great job on the heart!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Such a beautiful manicure, and it is so awesome that you are spreading the word!! :D

    ReplyDelete
  14. Absolutely love your mani for this! Yay for spreading awareness <3

    ReplyDelete
  15. PCOS is such a struggle - I am so glad that so many more people are becoming aware. I love your nails - so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you! And I'm happy that this tiny post can bring this terrible condition to light and hopefully help girls suffering undiagnosed to seek treatment and answers.

    ReplyDelete
  17. You did a great job Amanda!

    ReplyDelete