PCOS Is A Syndrome That Can Make Women Grow Beard
Writer: Farah Karim
PCOS, also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is more common than you think. It’s a hormonal disorder that often occurs when a person has too much male hormones or not enough female hormones. In turn, this will interfere with ovulation where small cysts will start developing inside the ovary.
For the most part, PCOS is not life-threatening, although sufferers often have trouble with infertility, miscarriage or premature birth. If left untreated, there may be risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and cancer of the uterine lining.
There is no cemented reason as to why PCOS develops
Usually, it could be due to genetics as well as high levels of insulin and androgen. However, the causes can vary according to age. Some common symptoms that you should look out for includes infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, cystic acne, extreme weight gain, darkening of the skin as well as headaches.
Aside from that, there’s also the problem with excessive male hormone (androgen) levels such as uncontrollable hair growth (at areas where you’ve never even think of) and male-pattern baldness. Yeap, and like we mentioned earlier, it is not a rare occurrence.
Who knew? Some of your favourite celebrities have also been struggling with the syndrome:
This Star Wars actress spoke openly about the her PCOS journey. On her Instagram account, she spoke openly about treating acne that had been a symptom of her PCOS. She emphasized on the importance of health and taking care of your body. In the post (not available anymore), she wrote, “From your head to the tips of your toes, we only have one body, let us all make sure ours are working in tip-top condition, and take help if it’s needed”.
Businesswoman, fashion designer and former singer, Victoria Caroline Beckham too has shared her troubles regarding PCOS. The star revealed that while trying for her 4th child, Harper Seven Beckham, she had troubles with conceiving due to her condition.
Jools Oliver (Wife of Jamie Oliver)
Jools recalls the struggles that she and her husband, chef Jamie Oliver, faced when trying to conceive their first child. She’s been diagnosed with the syndrome since the age of 16.
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I am openly, knowingly and unashamedly rebelling without a care! I’m rebelling against everything that this world thinks I ‘should’ be! I’m rebelling against the type of person this society expects me to be! I am rebelling against the man made rules and regulations of beauty standards that are expected of me to abide by! Oh and let’s not forget about cultural/religious expectations too! This is me! I am proud! 💄- @moomalproartist 📸 – @babbuthepainter
Harnaam Kaur is a former teaching assistant turned model, activist and Guinness Book Record holder. She sports a full beard as a result of living with PCOS. At age 16, Kaur was baptized Sikh, which meant a commitment to letting her hair grow out in accordance with religious beliefs. Proud and beautiful!
While PCOS can be treated, unfortunately, there is no actual cure as of now. But not all hope is lost! Even with PCOS, having children is not impossible. Jools herself has had five children of her own and Victoria Beckham has four. So in case you find yourself having any of these symptoms, you can try to maintain a healthy weight, limit carbohydrates and be active to keep your sugar level low.