PCOS-er And Proud!

By Ritu Bhathal Remember the time you huddled together with your friends, proudly exclaiming you’d finally got your period? Remember that girl standing on the outskirts, not joining in with the conversation? That was me. Remember when you’d joke about the pains, share your remedies, your experiences? Remember that girl, smiling and nodding, but not Continue Reading

Major research project aims to improve treatment for those with polycystic ovary syndrome

A major £2.4 million research project is underway at the University of Birmingham aimed at improving treatment for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS affects at least ten percent of all women and causes irregular periods and difficulties trying to conceive.  Most women with PCOS have high levels of male hormones, known as androgens, Continue Reading

PCOS: Only a Reproductive Disorder?

Elizabeth Schneider, MS If you’re like me and ever curious about your body and its functions, you’ve probably ‘Googled’ your condition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This search typically yields the same sort of results about PCOS symptoms: ‘irregular menstrual periods, excess body and facial hair, obesity, infertility, etc.’ Having done this a few times, I, Continue Reading

Reproducing weight stigma at the Gynaecologist’s office.

Weight Stigma is defined as bias of discrimination towards individuals who are perceived by others to be overweight or obese.  Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) I’ve experienced it myself.  Here’s one example.  A few years ago, I attended a Gynaecologist appointment on the 9th floor of the hospital block.  I was feeling very poorly at Continue Reading

Use it or Lose it – White Privilege and the Danger of a Single Story

For anyone who doesn’t know me, my name is Nikita Aashi Chadha and I’m 27 years old. I’m a British national by birth, but I’m from the Indian Diaspora – desi (in my own way) and proud. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS last year in 2018, following a laparoscopy. The road to referral and diagnosis Continue Reading