“Being diagnosed remains one of the biggest mysteries and reliefs in my life.”

It affects 1 in 5 women in the UK, and symptoms include irregular or no periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, and weight gain. It has no cure.

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1. There is an annoying lack of awareness about the condition.

1. There is an annoying lack of awareness about the condition.

“The thing that was most distressing was how many years and doctors it took to figure out I had PCOS. Having an explanation was relieving, but I spent so much time being resentful and angry at my many doctors who couldn't figure it out.” – sharonb30

“I've had problems with my period since I got it at 11. Whenever I would get one, I would be so horribly sick that I couldn't go to school and my teachers and even my dad kept saying I was faking it. It wasn't until I was diagnosed at 16 that we learned I wasn't faking it. I just had PCOS.” – mkkaykay


2. The symptoms are super hard to deal with.

2. The symptoms are super hard to deal with.

"Imagine the heaviest of periods, soaking through 6-8 pads (and tampons at the same damn time) in a 12-hour time block. Now imagine that for six months straight, nonstop. With all that comes with a period, including cramps, bloating, fatigue, etc. Now tack on thinning head hair, all the weight gain, emotions all over the spectrum, complete loss of any sexual drive/appetite, and cystic acne. These are just the biggest of the symptoms. There are more." – copygirl9980

“Periods with PCOS are horrible (less horrible now that I'm medicated), especially in school. I can't count the amount of times teachers told me 'it can't be that bad' or 'stop acting out for attention' while I was writhing in pain, on the edge of tears. It was incredibly frustrating that no one believed me when I was in so much pain.” – rebeccajeannee

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