PCOS: A Women’s Health Issue

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week I would like to talk about an issue that as many as 1 in 15 women are currently facing. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a disease that affects women’s hormone levels and can ultimately cause serious health problems including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. To raise

Bolt_picawareness and funding for the disease, my community service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, is holding a 5k run this weekend.

Before becoming involved with this event I didn’t even know this disease existed but have now come to realize that it can be a real issue for women. For many women it begins in the teen years and results from a hormonal imbalance. Symptoms can include anything from acne and hair growth to fertility problems. These issues result from cysts that grow on the woman’s ovaries, causing the hormonal imbalance. With diagnoses and treatment, the symptoms can be controlled and long term adverse affects can be prevented.

I think it is important to not only look at the political and social issues that face women but also remember the health issues that many women struggle with. I’m glad that events like these are out there to raise awareness for this type of women’s issue, especially since I did not know that this particular disease existed before . I hope awareness continues to grow for this and other women’s health issues and that through efforts like the Bolt 5k this weekend, research can continue.

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