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PCOS Awareness Month

September always feels so fresh to me. I’ve always equated it with new beginnings and while this year feels pretty different, I’m still digging deep for a fresh start in these COVID times. It’s in there somewhere. This month also happens to be Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome awareness month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder which affects roughly 1 in 10 people with ovaries. It’s the leading cause of infertility and can lead to an array of serious health issues including Type 2 Diabetes. And if you don’t know anyone with PCOS, now you do. I’m never sure how personal I’m willing to get here, but this feels important. I was diagnosed with PCOS 10 years ago when I was 21. I had spent a decade with extremely irregular and painful menstrual cycles prior to that diagnosis but never had an OGBYN who took my concerns seriously. They would shrug it off: I was young, it would work itself out, and they would throw birth control pills at me to regulate it. After …