All the celebrities who have spoken about the disease

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS as it’s more commonly known, affects around one in 10 women in the UK. Symptoms usually start in your late teens or early twenties and include irregular periods (or no periods at all), excess hair on your face or body, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, oily skin, acne, and enlarged ovaries – although many women have no symptoms, which means the condition may go undiagnosed until adulthood.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is linked to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin (which causes more than half of all people with PCOS to develop diabetes. type 2 before the age of 40). While there is no cure for PCOS itself, the symptoms can be treated, so it’s worth talking to your GP if you think you might have the condition.

Fortunately, the conversation around PCOS has really opened up in recent years, leading to a greater awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for. This is in part due to the fact that more and more celebrities and influencers are using their platform to highlight the disease and share their experience with it. From celebrities like Victoria Beckham to former Victoria Secret models, here are all the celebrities who have spoken about life with PCOS.

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Victoria beckham

Known for keeping her privacy down, one thing former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been very open about is her experience with PCOS, which she was diagnosed with while trying to conceive her fourth child – Harper Seven .

Talk to Now magazine at the time, the singer turned fashion mogul said: “Every time I go out someone says ‘Are you pregnant’, and at first I tried to dodge those questions with a vague answer. and a smile, but now I have resorted to open and brutal honesty. “

She continued, “I keep that big smile on my face and say something like, ‘I actually struggle with infertility because of my PCOS, so my husband and I have had several fertility treatments. No baby yet, but it will happen soon! ‘”


Frankie Bridge

Former S Club 8 and The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge revealed last year that she was diagnosed with the condition after going to her GP with an array of symptoms.

Speaking to her 1.3 million followers on her Instagram story, the 32-year-old said, “I actually just found out that I have polycystic ovaries.”

“I had lots of blood tests done a few weeks ago because I had irregular periods, I was getting really bad PMT, I had really cyst spots and really bad skin. to lose weight even though I was eating healthy. Lots of reasons, really – and I found out last week that’s why. “

Regarding finally getting answers as to why she had been experiencing symptoms, Frankie added, “It’s done on different scales so I’m not at the top of the scale, [I’m] pretty close to the bottom, but that really explains it all. “


Harnaam Kaur

Model and activist Harnaam Kaur is perhaps one of the most well-known influencers to talk about her PCOS, in part because of her facial hair, which she has grown since she was 16. Baptized Sikh, Harnaam lets her hair grow. in accordance with his religious beliefs, including the hair that grows on his face because of his PCOS.

“I was 16 when I decided to grow my facial hair. I made the decision after my GSCE and let it grow during the six weeks of summer vacation. So when I returned at my school in Slough for sixth grade I was a girl with a beard, “she said Stylist magazine.

“It took me several years to get to the point where I felt I could do it, and it was the bullies that pushed me to this point,” she continued.

As to why she’s been so open about her PCOS with her 163,000 Instagram followers, she said, “When I was young I didn’t see anyone in magazines or on TV who looked like me. have a horrible effect on a person’s sanity. “


Keke Palmer

In an open and honest Instagram post about his battle with PCOS-related acne, actor Keke Palmer saw the impact of living without a diagnosis with the disease.

“PCOS has attacked me from the inside out my whole life and I had no idea,” she began. “My acne was so bad that people in my field offered to pay to have it fixed.”

Keke continued, “I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane [acne medication] TWICE. People say drink water, eat better, but I did it all, I ate all the “good” things, my blood tests were good. The least harmful thing PCOS can do is acne. To all those who struggle with this, know that you are not alone and that you are still doing great! MY ACNE NEVER STOPPED ME. “


Lea Michele

Last year, Joy Star Lea Michele has revealed how she was recently diagnosed with PCOS after years of battling acne and weight fluctuations. Talk to Health, she said, “The side effects can be brutal, such as weight gain and bad skin.”

Lea continued, “I went to a great doctor and the minute she looked at me she was like, ‘Oh, you have PCOS. “That explained it all.”

“Thanks to a diet, I was able to manage [my symptoms]”she added.” But I’m very lucky. There are much more extreme versions of PCOS that women have a lot of trouble with – mine isn’t as intense. That’s why I didn’t really talk about it, because there are women who have it so much more intense. “


Romée Strijd

In a touching, yet inspiring message to her 7 million Instagram followers, Victoria’s Secret model Romee Strijd revealed how PCOS affected her period regularity, leading her to worry about whether she might get pregnant.

“Two years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS after not having my period for seven years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family is my biggest dream,” he said. she declared. “I was so scared that I would never be able to do this because I was told it was harder to have babies naturally.”

But, after making a few lifestyle changes including an exercise program and diet, Romee was able to get her period back on track and manage some of her other symptoms. “I got my period last November AND WE ARE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE,” she enthusiastically told her fans.


Sasha Pieterse

After welcoming her first child, the former Pretty little Liar star Sasha Pieterse opened up about her experience with PCOS.

Talk to People, the actor said: “The mere fact that we were able to get pregnant was such a blessing because with PCOS it made me nervous.”

She continued, “A lot of women have infertility issues so we expected more difficulty so it was an absolute blessing that we were able to get pregnant on our own.”

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