01 September 2012

PCOS Awareness

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.

PCOS awareness nails

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:

PCOS Challenge
PCOSupport

Facebook Groups:
PCOS Foundation
PCOS Awareness
PCOS Diva

And of course, Nory's personal blog about her fight against PCOS, Nory's Journey to Health.



27 comments:

  1. Lovely! I love how so many ladies in the blog community are raising awareness!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! I'm also touched--but not at all surprised--to see so many bloggers joining in to help spread the word, and Nory is such an inspiration.

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  2. Beautiful nails for a wonderful cause.

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  3. Great awareness nails, really lovely mani!!

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  4. Thanks for the PCOS awareness. Sept is also ovarian cancer awareness month of which teal is their identity color.

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    1. Very true and an excellent point--thanks, beachgal! :)

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  5. This is amazingly beautiful!! Thank you so much for your support it means so much to me <3 I have been reading and commenting on everyone's blogs and I am literally in tears so whenever a new post loads it starts all over again, hehe, this one was no exception, I am over here crying like a baby! lol

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    1. Aw, Nory! I hope it's a happy cry. This was a wonderful idea of yours, and I'm every shade of humble/proud/happy to do my little part to help spread the word. ♥

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  6. Gorgeous nails and it's so nice to see you all support a great cause!

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  7. Great awareness! Love the mani! Looks awesome!

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  8. Love the rhinestones!!! I did not know about PCOS, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love this, I think you did an amazing job!

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  10. I really love the crystal ribbon. Fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I've never really used stones before, so they came out a little wonky...but I prefer to think of it as "jaunty." ^_-

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  11. loving the crystal ribbon! loving all these support and awareness manis!

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    1. Thank you very much! I've really enjoyed seeing them all too. Congrats again to Nory for organizing it!

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  12. Love this big! Its nice to knows there are others out there!!

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