When A Friend Is Diagnosed with PCOS
You’ve recently learned your friend has PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and you’re wondering how you can be supportive. Knowing what PCOS is as well as having an understanding of the symptoms can help you to be an awesome friend.
PCOS is more common than you might think. Almost 1 out of every 10 women (which includes both teens and adult women) have it. The most common symptoms include: irregular periods, unwanted hair (above lip, face, or other areas), acne, weight gain or trouble losing weight, and patches of dark skin of the back of the neck. PCOS is caused by an imbalance of hormones. Girls with PCOS often have too much of the male hormone testosterone. Birth control pills are often prescribed to regulate a girl’s cycle and balance the level of hormones. Other medicines may be used to keep the levels of insulin stable.
Many girls with PCOS feel frustrated because their symptoms can be so very challenging to deal with. Your friend may feel better now that she knows what is causing her symptoms but she may still feel sad at times because she has to cope with weight issues and other difficult symptoms. Letting your friend talk about her worries is very important and having the support of both family and friends will certainly help her keep a positive attitude.
Help your friend by sharing information and resources about PCOS with her and others who are close to her. Watching your friend deal with symptoms of PCOS can be very hard, especially if you feel you can’t do anything to make her feel better. Remember, your role as a friend is very important, as you can be of great support and inspiration.