PCOS AWARENESS MONTH
And The little ribbon in teal colour
September 2022 - PCOS AWARENESS MONTH
We start our month! Month of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness.
Why is it important?
Well, PCOS is still misdiagnosed, misunderstood and misinformed. Raising awareness about PCOS in the general public, among women, girls and healthcare professionals should be our mission.
It is my mission! That’s why I started Holistic Ovaries.
The more you know the better lifestyle choices you can make to improve your symptoms.
The more the general public knows the less stigma and more empathy towards women and girls that struggle with PCOS.
The more healthcare professionals know the better treatment management plan they can design for you.
But, I want to keep today’s post really light. Let’s talk about…
The little ribbon in teal colour
The little ribbon in teal colour represents Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Why teal colour? – you may ask.
Teal blends blue’s tranquil stability with green’s optimism and healing properties.
It is the colour of relaxation and mental balance, that symbolizes calmness, serenity, and strength.
Don’t we all women with PCOS need that?
Stability, optimism, serenity, strength and mental balance
- We need stability:
Physically we need to balance out hormones. Daily routines help us with that.
Regular meals, regular sleep, regular exercise is a key factor to successful regulation of hormones.
Regular lifestyle = regular hormones.
Emotionally stability reduces stress and anxiety. Knowing your daily routine will help you avoid unpredictability and uncertainty.
- We need optimism:
I know that living with PCOS can be overwhelming. That’s why a little bit of optimism can make a difference.
By being optimistic I don’t mean to wishfully thinking that PCOS will disappear one day. Being optimistic is to know that you have an influence on your health.
Optimism will help you to be more resilient.
It has been shown that optic people have better pain management, improved immune system, cardiovascular health and better physical functioning.
- We need serenity:
Women with PCOS have higher perceived stress than non-PCOS women. Overactive sympathetic nervous systems have a negative impact on our hormones (especially androgens).
Relaxation and stress management techniques can help you to enter into “rest and digest” mode. The more you switch-off your stress response the more easy it will be to balance your reproductive system.
- We need strength:
It is not easy to manage all PCOS symptoms (acne, hirsutism, weight gain, irregular periods, mood swings, anxiety or fatigue).
You need to find mental strength to face all the PCOS implications.
PCOS is associated with physical symptoms and reproductive health. And yes this is true, but PCOS is also about your psychological health. Your mind, emotions and feelings will play an important role on how you will manage your symptoms.
Acceptance and support
Teal is also about acceptance and support.
Accepting your current situation and that you have PCOS will make you feel empowered to take action towards your health.
And of course support. Having PCOS sometimes makes us feel so lonely. But Girl! You are not alone.
There are many groups, associations and communities of women who also have PCOS and who understand what you are going through. Never be afraid to reach for help, motivation or support.
So today I want to wish you stability, optimism, serenity and strength to manage your PCOS.
And anytime you will feel that you can’t anymore handle your PCOS symptoms, look at the little ribbon in teal colour and remember that you are not alone!
There are many of us – PCOS WOMEN – Strong, Beautiful and AWARE!