Get Involved With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that impacts approximately 1 in 10 women of childbearing age in the U.S. The condition is often characterized by the development of numerous small fluid-filled sacs (follicles) in the ovaries that are unable to properly mature and release eggs. If left untreated, PCOS can lead to infertility.
Unfortunately, many PCOS symptoms mimic common changes in the body or conditions like premenstrual syndrome (PMS). As such, PCOS is underreported, underdiagnosed, and frequently misunderstood. In some cases, women find out they have PCOS only when they see a fertility specialist after unsuccessfully trying to conceive for an extended period of time.
September is PCOS Awareness Month and it gives us in the fertility care community a chance to educate women and spread awareness about this condition. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still several ways that you can get involved this year.
Participate in the PCOS Challenge 5K Run/Walk
Hosted in several major cities across the U.S., including New York, this year’s PCOS Challenge 5K will be on a virtual platform. From September 1 to 30, you can either participate as an individual virtual walker or join a virtual team.
Once you’ve collected pledges from friends, family, and acquaintances, you’re ready to hit the streets. Head to your local park or an outdoor track, take a walk around the block of your neighborhood, or use a treadmill. Using a mobile running or walking app, track your time and distance. Even if you can’t complete the 5K, going as far as you can is a great step in the right direction. You’ll not only be spreading awareness but you’ll also be helping raise critical funds for PCOS education, support, health screenings, and research programs.
Join a Virtual PCOS Awareness Month Event
Throughout September, the PCOS Awareness Association is hosting a few mini-virtual events. Join others in the PCOS community for fun events, such as a virtual slumber party or a wine-and-paint party. Space is limited for all these events, so if you’re interested in attending, register as soon as possible. A portion of all ticket fees is donated toward PCOS research.
Overcoming PCOS: We’re in This Together
As fertility specialists, the physicians at Chelsea Fertility NYC have extensive experience in helping women with PCOS have children. We encourage women of childbearing age to learn more about this condition and to talk to their doctor about any possible symptoms as soon as possible. To learn more about PCOS, fertility, and treatments, contact us today.