According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 116 million women (3.4%) worldwide suffering from Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It is a health problem that affects one in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 years old, but many only find out they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s.
According to research, women suffering from PCOS may experience abrupt hormonal imbalance and indigestion that may affect their overall health. It is also one of the most common causes of infertility among women. While treatable, PCOS is difficult to diagnose as its causes remain unclear among physicians. (Read: Three My Pope-approved ways to stay healthy during a quarantine)
Filipina actress and beauty queen Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez, who won the prestigious beauty pageant Reina Hispanoamericana in 2017 recently shared that she has been living with PCOS. How does she manage her overall health? Here is her story.
Diagnosis and Symptoms
In an interview with PEP.ph, Winwyn revealed that it was early last year when she found out that she’s been suffering from PCOS. While the usual symptoms of the disorder would usually include excess hair growth, irregular or infrequent periods, and increased anxiety and depression, the situation is still on a case-to-case basis. (Read: Heart Evangelista on her depression, anxiety: ‘I battled for quite some time’)
For Winwyn, she has suffered from acne breakouts, random mood swings, and developed an unusual weight increase. “I had a hard time adjusting sa pag-change ng body ko since I gained a few pounds, bloated na uncomfortable minsan, mood swings, it really depends,” the Kapuso actress said in the interview.
Living with PCOS
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Today, Winwyn has been religiously keeping track of her health and diet to deal with the symptoms of her PCOS. She regularly posts on her Instagram her fitness routines to inspire others to do the same. (Read: We Asked a Fitness Coach: What’s the Best Way to Stay Fit at Home?)
Her advise to women who are experiencing the symptoms of the disorder? Go and visit a doctor. “Pag hindi mo na alam yung gagawin mo, it’s always better to contact your doctor,” she says.