Today's nails are dedicated to Nory, who has inspired and organized a group posting today for the start of PCOS Awareness Month. PCOS stands for Polycistic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome, a surprisingly common endocrine disorder and hormonal imbalance affecting as many as 10% of women. Thought to be primarily caused by a resistance to insulin, PCOS is a leading cause of infertility, but that's a secondary symptom. Main symptoms can include weight gain, irregular or excessive periods, excessive hair growth (while the hair on your head may actually be thinning), fatigue, depression, acne, and the somewhat-mislabeled ovarian cysts for which the syndrome is named.
There isn't an actual cure for PCOS, but diagnosis, treatment, and some lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in managing it, as well as greatly improving the health and daily life of those affected by this condition. To that end, Nory suggested doing "PCOS Awareness" nails today to get the word out, to encourage women who might be affected to seek diagnosis and treatement, and to let them know that they aren't alone.
The prospect of PCOS can be daunting, but proper management can make all the difference. For more information on PCOS, and for community support, you can visit the following:
And of course, Nory's personal blog about her fight against PCOS, Nory's Journey to Health.