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Jeremiah Agonia

September 30, 2022

Girl, woman, lady, ma’am, madam, senorita, mademoiselle – whatever society calls them, these human beings are the faces behind the beauty of life. They are uniquely created and furnished with extraordinary talents, skills, and qualities. Cook, giving birth, taking care of their families, earning money on their own, or even governing a country are just a few of the long list that a woman can do. Whatever responsibility the world throws at them, they accomplish it to the best of their abilities. Indeed, women are amazing and can be called today’s real-life superheroes. 


However, these superheroes are not perfect. Just like the superheroes, we watch in theatres, they also grapple with complications. Hurdles that are not as simple as figuring out what to cook for breakfast, which bags to purchase, what to wear for the day, or even deciding which man to spend the rest of their lives with. These things are incomparable and less than what they must fight through because of how a female’s body is built differently. A complication called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) that only women can experience and feel. Hence, it is vital that the world, especially women themselves, hold a grasp on what this stumbling block in a woman’s life is all about. 


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, commonly known as PCOS, is a disorder interconnected with obesity, hirsutism, infertility, amenorrhea, and enlargement of the ovaries. Irregular periods and pelvic pain are two of its easily detectable symptoms that one must not overlook as they could lead to something serious. With the complications it causes to a woman’s body, the normal function of the ovaries becomes affected. The saddest reality of PCOS is not the drawbacks it brings but the fact that it has no cure. Thus, making a diagnosed patient’s life a little intricate. 


This year, a teal-colored ribbon spread across various social media platforms as a symbol of the whole of September month dedicated to PCOS Awareness Month. Through the efforts of the PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association, this federally designated yearly event became possible in September 2018. With over 55,000 members, this nonprofit patient support and advocacy organization impart the mission to outspread public knowledge concerning PCOS. Its mission was aligned with the event to help women experiencing the condition in conquering its symptoms and reducing the risk of experiencing its related diseases. Various occasions, including the Rise to the Challenge Virtual Gala, Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, Virtual PCOS Awareness Symposium, and the PCOS Challenge 5K Run/Walk National Campaign, were organized throughout the month. 


Initiating this event means a lot to women. It builds a safe world for them to express their feelings and struggles. To be diagnosed with this disease may not be easy but knowing that many people are willing to lend their hands for them lessens their dilemma. It is as if our superheroes have their sidekicks in this life-shattering battle. While PCOS continues to exist as the villain of their lives, these real-life superheroes always have everything figured out, just like what we watch in theatres.