About five million American women suffer from a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) that often lead to the development of cysts in the ovaries. It may also make your periods irregular and cause acne, weight gain, and fertility issues. PCOS is quite common and even celebs are not immune to this condition. Here is a list of celebrities with PCOS and their experience with this condition.
Signs of PCOS
You usually experience signs of PCOS when you have begun having your periods. Many women develop this condition later in their reproductive years – this usually happens when they become overweight. There will be signs that your doctor can see and there will symptoms that you will experience. Your doctor will check the following first:
- Irregular periods: Your doctor will ask how regular your periods are. Issues like having no period for longer than 35 days, having fewer than eight periods a year, and not menstruating for four months or longer usually indicate that you have PCOS.
- Excess androgen: They will check your androgen levels. Elevated levels may lead to facial and body hair, male-pattern baldness, adult acne, or severe adolescent acne.
- Polycystic ovaries: They will check if you have developed fluid-filled sacs around the eggs in your ovaries.
If you experience serious irregularity in your periods, are worried about infertility, or have signs of elevated signs of androgen, you should immediately go see your doctor.
5 Celebrities with PCOS
While they do not come out in public and shout, there certainly are many celebrities suffering PCOS.Many of them do not mind sharing the experience though. Here are some popular names.
She received serious criticism when she said she cannot handle becoming pregnant, but she later explained why she said that. She was suffering from endometriosis and PCOS and knew she would require medical treatment and medications to complete her pregnancy. She was actually referring to the medical interventions that she was not ready for.
Emma Thompson has appeared in several movies and has bagged Oscar as well. In 1997, she suffered a miscarriage and then battled infertility for many years. She opted for in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments and gave birth to Gaia in 1999. She had many fertility issues and possibly PCOS that led to those issues.
Unlike many other celebrities with PCOS, Victoria Beckham was never private about her being suffering from PCOS. However, she never let this condition take control of her life. She now takes special measurements to keep her weight under control – many PCOS women find it difficult to control body weight but Victoria has managed to defy the odds. She had her issues with infertility and PCOS, but she is now a proud mother of three sons and a baby girl.