PCOS is hard but it’s even harder to see young girls struggling with it from very early on in life. One of the biggest reason why I feel so passionately about creating PCOS awareness is this – given the true epidemic that PCOS has become, I cannot imagine another generation struggling with PCOS like we do. We need to make our daughters, younger siblings, sisters, friends aware of this debilitating condition so they are better informed, better prepared and our future is much better and brighter than what it is today.
Here are 5 things you need to know if you are diagnosed with PCOS at an early age:
1. Start early – Habits like an active lifestyle, moving around as much as possible can feel like a compulsion for us because we grew up hating exercise. Why can’t it be as normal as brushing your teeth? When exercising will feel normal, it will no more be a compulsion but a part of your daily routine, say like sleeping because that’s important for your physical, mental and social well-being just like working out is.
2. Forget Deprivation – Don’t deprive yourself of joys of life. You have a long way to go on this journey. It’s no crime to indulge in your favorite food every once in a while. You can definitely go ahead and have that piece of cake but remember to ‘move around’. Get active, run to your gym, take stairs. DO NOT DEPRIVE. Period.
3. Educate yourself – and those around you, PCOS can be an extremely complex subject and to go through with it during your teens can definitely be confusing so the better informed you are, the better you will be able to handle it. There are so many great books out there and if not, you can always leave me a message regarding any query that you may have related to PCOS.
4. Talk about it – to your parents, friends, most importantly to your doctor. Ask questions, listen, learn. Many young girls often have the misconception about infertility, facial hair, and hormonal imbalances. It’s always better to open up about things that bother you and it’s important for parents too, to understand and be open about the subject of PCOS.
5. Nourish yourself – with good food, good company, and a supportive environment. You are young, your body will eventually change, there may be times you will have difficulty understanding why you feel the way you do, there may be many rainy days along the way so it is of utmost importance to build for yourself, a rock solid foundation that you can fall back on such days. Build your strength, eat proteins and nuts, nourish your soul.
PCOS is a struggle that we as women live with every single day but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way for our generations to come. We can create a better tomorrow for them, by inculcating some of the simplest of habits and by providing a safer space for them to grow.
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