Saturday, September 1, 2012

NOTD for PCOS Awareness Month


As you may or may not know, September is PCOS Awareness month. For those of you who haven't heard much about PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), I'm going to explain a little bit more about it. There will be a NOTD at the end, but please, please do me a favour and have a read, I promise I won't be scientific or rambly.

PCOS affects 5 to 10 percent of the female population. That's a huge number. Due to the nature of the condition, it doesn't just affect the woman - it has a huge effect on her family too. So, what exactly is it? It's a metabolic disorder that disrupts your hormones, giving the woman higher than normal levels of hormones like insulin. This imbalance can result in weight gain, excess hair, thyroid problems, diabetes, irregular (or no) periods, acne, fertility problems, sleep problems, and high blood pressure. In addition, there may be cysts on the woman's ovaries, which cause problems in trying to conceive a child.

The sad thing is, that many women go undiagnosed because the symptoms of PCOS are often mistaken for other conditions. Most women with PCOS begin to notice the early symptoms in their late teens or twenties - it's really important to go and see your doctor if you're experiencing any (or a combination) of the following symptoms:

  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Hair loss
  • Increased facial hair
  • Heavy periods
  • Depression
  • Acne & Oily Skin

There are also gradual symptoms that develop over time, including (but not limited to):

  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Repeat miscarriages
  • Infertility
  • Symptoms of too much insulin (skin tags, dark skin patches, weight gain)
  • Breathing problems while sleeping (sleep apnea)
It's such a common condition - I have witnessed it in some of my friends who would love to start families or just get their hormones under control and it's so hard. It's extra hard to deal with when people make snap judgements about someone who's already feeling low and sensitive - it's easy to look at someone who's overweight or someone with excess facial hair and immediately form an opinion. Next time, consider the possibility of PCOS - I'm sure there are people who have this condition and don't even know it, such is the lack of awareness about it. 

That's why you will see a lot of PCOS manicures today - and hopefully you've learned a small bit about PCOS and the unbelievably strong women who are dealing with it on a daily basis. I'm going to post some links to further information, please use them if you or someone you know is one of the many strong women who deal with it on a daily basis. - PCOS Foundation on Facebook - PCOS Awareness on Facebook - PCOS Diva on Facebook - PCOS UK, provides support & education for healthcare professionals

Now, on to the nails! This was such a great idea from Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails, who is one of the many ladies who has PCOS. The colours to support awareness of PCOS are teal & white - I used my favourite teal (which was much more teal in the bottle, dangit) - GOSH Ocean.

My nails are all cut back so that I can give them a chance to grow together! Here's what I did.

I stamped butterflies on top of the GOSH with a regular white stamping polish (Essence) and added teal/green glequins (is that their proper name? If not, credit to Sammy!) - I couldn't capture the glequins on camera no matter how much I tried, but I promise they're on there, and they're in the shape of a support ribbon.

I hope this post has been informative, writing it has helped me to understand PCOS a little better. I was delighted to have a chance to help Nory spread awareness, and actually, three people asked me about the logo on my thumb so I was able to explain a little bit about PCOS to them!

Spread the word and please see your doctor if you are experiencing the early symptoms. 


  1. This is so awesome! I love the butterflies and the thumb accent nail!! We have to fight and survive this syndrome! Thank you for your support! <3

    1. Glad to be apart of it Nory and thank you for such a brilliant idea, the more support the better! xxx

  2. I didnt know it was PCOS month, I will have to do a mani for this too. I want to help raise awareness too :) I'll link you.

    1. Brilliant, the more awareness the better x

  3. This is such an inspirational post, I wasn't entirely sure about all the details of PCOS and so it has definitely made me more aware of it! Such a lovely design for such a worthy cause!

    1. I'm so glad you learned something new, I did too when I was writing it! Thank you x

  4. This is such a thoughtful, informative post, and your mani is adorable. Love the glequins, and I especially love your thumbnail! I thought about trying to write it on mine too, but no way I'd have been able to do it anywhere near that clearly! ;)

    1. Elizabeth believe me if I could write it, anyone could - I had to redo it several times to get it legible! Thank you x

  5. Love these, the message on your thumb is awesome!

  6. O.o Ocean is so pretty! I love the mani you did for this!

  7. Your thumb is awesome! I have no idea how you got that crammed onto one nail and still legible!

  8. This is so beautiful!!!

  9. Awesome mani! Love this


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