PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization that relates to a syndrome called the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that occurs in women. It was founded by a woman who was diagnosed with PCOS herself and wanted to spread awareness about it. The awareness about PCOS is necessary because not many people are aware of it and the symptoms of PCOS vary with each woman so no woman ever thinks of it being a serious matter. Symptoms of PCOS include irregular/absent menstrual periods, infertility, dandruff, oily/acne skin, weight gain, thinning hair, dark patches on skin, pelvic pain, etc. Many of these symptoms such as oily skin and pelvic pain are often ignored by women, which makes it imperative for an awareness organization like PCOSAA to exist.
PCOSAA allows and enables women to understand what exactly PCOS is, provides resources regarding it and creates public awareness about it. The more people are informed, the better are chances of early diagnosis for it. This is an organization for all women because anyone can face PCOS – whether it is women with PCOS or women who want to learn more about it to play their part and raise awareness for it. Awareness will help women understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked it necessary. While there is no absolute cure for it, there are cures for individual symptoms that can help women with PCOS lead easier lives.
PREPARE: Provide women with information and resources
COMMUNICATE: Increase general public understanding about PCOS
OVERCOME: Help women with PCOS to overcome the syndrome and decrease health problems
SUPPORT: Be an organization that offers support and knowledge
It is estimated that about 5 to 10 percent of women have PCOS, and higher rates are possible too. This is a significant amount of women and possibly majority of these women do not know what PCOS is so they are naturally inclined to ignore the symptoms. PCOSAA helps raise awareness so that not 5%, not 10%, but all women are aware about what PCOS is and how women with it can deal with the symptom.