Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal disorder affecting 5-10% of women of reproductive age. This disorder causes clusters of small cysts to be formed in the ovaries.

Women who are afflicted with this condition often feel self conscious about their looks, having symptoms like excess hair, acne, or weight gain. The physical symptoms can also extend to infertility or diabetes.

While there are many different treatments for PCOS, there is no cure. Living with the condition physically can be difficult, but can be managed; however, when it comes to dealing with this condition emotionally, that’s where we see real strength. Your mothers, sisters, and friends are stronger than you know – they had to learn how to fight like a girl.

I’ve struggled with PCOS for a long time. The constant struggle with anxiety, weight changes, and many other symptoms are a daily battle. I have learned to forgive myself when I am overwhelmed, and I am lucky enough to have a supportive husband for the good and the bad times.

I suffer from this condition. I’ve had 2 ovarian cyst removals. The condition causes us to have a very difficult time conceiving and losing weight. Many suffer in silence because from the outside we look completely normal. Our hormones are usually out of wack 90% of the time which causes us to stress out more which adds to weight gain, depression etc. My acne is a cause of the PCOS and oily skin. I smile in spite of PCOS it may be a condition I have but it doesn’t have ME!!!

LaTasha Kittles

Esthetician, Medical Receptionist, Manicurist

This diagnosis was very depressing for me. I wanted very much to have children, and with the type of PCOS I have, I no longer saw that as a possibility. When I decided to adopt, I wasn’t sure if it would really fill the need I had to become a mother. Luckily, I now have the two most beautiful children I could have ever hoped for, and who fulfill me in every way; and I am so grateful to be there for them the same way.

Melinda, mother

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