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Our Story…

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A global community of women united by their battle…

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There is no cure… We can only work hard to treat the symptoms

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To live a healthy & pain free life

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And hope that it doesn’t destroy our dreams…

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We live with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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PCOS is a disease of the ovaries in women that has various impacts on female hormones. As the name suggests, the disease is caused by frequent cysts on the ovaries, due to disturbed ovarian function.

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We don’t all have the same symptoms Some only feel little discomfort… …others feel intense pain But PCOS brings greater risks

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We have a 4 to 7 times greater risk of having a heart attack than normal people We have a greater risk of high blood pressure (over 140/90) We have an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer We may have to be on medication for the rest of our lives 50% of women with PCOS get insulin resistance – causing impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes We have an increased risk of cancer of the uterus, particularly if we have infrequent or absent periods (up to 3X) We have an increased risk of ovarian cancer (2X)

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We may have never have children And those of us who do get pregnant, run a high risk of miscarriage

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Ovarian cysts can vary in size - from less than a pea to the size of a large melon These can cause your abdomen to swell And put pressure on other areas of the body

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Menstrual problems (rare or non existent periods) PCOS can cause: Fertility problems (due to lack of ovulation) Heavy bleeding Ovarian cysts & enlarged ovaries Pelvic pain Insulin resistance &Hyperinsulinemia Diabetes (with a 50% chance of developing type II diabetes) Abnormal lipid levels (high cholesterol, high triglycerides, etc)

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Endometrial Hypertrophy & hyperplasia PCOS can cause: Chronic anovulation Anxiety Fatigue Depression Nausea Headaches Severe stomach cramps & abdominal pain Mood disorders (due to hormone imbalance)

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But having such an imbalance of hormones doesn’t just affect how your body works… 50% of woman who have PCOS will develop obesity Weight gain causes all PCOS symptoms to worsen, yet weight gain is common due to our insulin resistance It is also a lot harder to loose weight with PCOS It wreaks havoc on our appearances too Stress, grief and anxiety aggravate PCOS symptoms

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Due to the hormone imbalance from excessive androgens, this also causes various symptoms: Weight gain Increased testosterone Skin tags Skin patches Hirsutism Thinning hair/Alopecia Male pattern baldness Acne

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There are medications that we can take but these all come with their own unpleasant side effects In order to feel good and live a healthy life, we need to live on a high protein, low carb, low sugar diet - combined with lots of exercise. And no doubt most of us will need medical intervention to start our families

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PCOS can affect girls as young as 11 years old Although officially classified as a ‘rare disease’ – PCOS occurs (in some form) in approximately 5 – 10% of women. The likelihood is that you know someone who suffers – even if you don’t know it.

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I don’t know how I would cope without the support of my closest friends and family. My journey would be so hard without them. This video is dedicated to all PCOS ‘Cysters’ and all caregivers – together we will win the battle

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So what can we do? RAISE AWARENESS!

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Thank you

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