Being a woman is hard, even without all the lady-specific affections out there. Unfortunately, recent medical studies show that women’s bodies have a new enemy: polycystic ovary syndrome. The condition is becoming more and more widespread among adult women, with one in five of them suffering from it. While the most common symptoms of the disease are quite unbearable (irregular periods and even unwanted hair on face, chest and back), half of the women suffering from PCOS don’t even experience them.
What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS for short, is a condition that affects the way in which a woman’s ovaries function. The condition means that eggs cannot be released from the ovary sac, and thus ovulation doesn’t take place. Unfortunately, this also means that women that suffer from PCOS can’t get pregnant, because eggs are not released for fertilization.
The condition affects everyone, even celebrities. Among its most notorious patients we can find former Posh Spice queen Victoria Beckham, as well as Jools Oliver, the beautiful wife of British TV sensation chef Jamie Oliver. The two women can be seen as sort of the poster girls for PCOS, not only because they are two famous people that suffer from it, but also because they can serve as an example for women worldwide that suffering from PCOS doesn’t mean your life is ruined.
In fact, Victoria and Jools have nine children between them, thus proving that PCOS is not the end of a good family life. If you suspect that you might be suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, go see your gynecologist and have some tests done. Together, you and your doctor can decide what course of action to take next, if you turn out to be that one in five women.