September is PCOS Awareness Month

September is PCOS Awareness Month; at least it is in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t get behind raising awareness of PCOS this month.

How Can I Take Part in PCOS Awareness Month?

PCOS Awareness MonthCampaign for Greater Research and Treatment

Between 8% and 20% of women of reproductive age have PCOS and yet research, treatment and education is lacking. Currently, in the USA, there is a movement to #PrioritizePCOS  and the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association is working hard to bring it to center stage. You can read more about H.Res.495 on the PCOS Challenge website and, if you’re in the US, I urge you to write to your representative in Congress to ask them to co-sponsor the resolution.

If you’re outside the US, then look for similar opportunities within your own country. The best place to start is to look for a national PCOS association and see what they are doing to raise the profile of PCOS. For example, Verity in the UK regularly shares events, resources and opportunities on its website.

Support PCOS Events

In the US, there are a number of events taking place to raise awareness of PCOS, including PCOS Awareness Symposiums and PCOS 5K Walks. If you can take part, that’s great but if you can’t find an event in your own area, consider sponsoring somebody who is or plan your own event, even if it isn’t during September. Even sharing your support and encouragement on social media can go a long way to raise the profile of PCOS.

Talk About PCOS

Who knows better than you about the effect PCOS can have on a woman’s life? So, be prepared to talk about it with others in your life, on social media, or even in mainstream media. The stats tell us that at least one woman in ten has PCOS but many of them may not realise it. Or they may have daughters with undiagnosed PCOS or who may develop it in the future, and they will thank you for sharing your knowledge.

But don’t WHINE about PCOS! PCOS is not fun to live with and so the tendency is to complain when we do talk about it. The best way to help others with PCOS is to be candid but not melodramatic. Nobody likes to listen to a constant complainer. Try to be passionate about the topic without whining so much that nobody wants to listen to your important message.

Wear the Ribbon for PCOS Awareness Month

The teal ribbon has been adopted as the symbol of PCOS awareness and there are tons of PCOS awareness products available. Every PCOS association and awareness website seems to have a store where you can buy t-shirts, jewelry, keyrings and bags. If none of these take your fancy, then visit Etsy, Zazzle, Gearbubble or one of the many other craft and print-on-demand websites and you will find loads of options – everything from mugs to phone cases. Having said that, PCOS Matters doesn’t have any awareness products, something I might have to change.

Wear your ribbon or t-shirt or take a mug to work so that others can see it; hopefully, this will start important conversations and give you an opportunity to raise awareness of PCOS this September and beyond.

PCOS Teal Turn Yourself Teal!

If you can’t wear teal, then turn yourself teal…on social media, that is. Turn your profile picture teal, if you know how to do that and have a suitable photo editing program. Once you upload it I can guarantee people will ask you about it.

If you’re taking part in an event or have other ideas on how to raise awareness of PCOS, please feel free to provide the details below or on social media and we’ll be happy to share the information on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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