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PCOSA Today Newsletter - Autumn 2010 Issue

PCOSA Today
Autumn 2010

A Message from Our Founder

Christine Dezarn
Christine DeZarn,
Founder PCOSA


"Nag, nag, nag." A reader recently wrote to let me know she felt that my weekly "PCOS Tips" were all about nagging...me "telling people what to do." I had to stop and think about that. Is advice about embracing a lifestyle that addresses PCOS something that people don't want to hear? If so, what do people want to hear about? (If you have any suggestions, please send an email to readerbuzz@pcosupport.org).

I'm not sure I agree with this reader, since 55% of the mail I receive is from people asking for advice on PCOS management (and another 35% are from people asking for doctor referrals). However, I decided to focus my comments this season on something a bit brighter, and distinctly lacking "advice."

Research on PCOS has been prolific over the past 5 years. We have been heard! Our collective efforts to cast light on this condition (not to mention the fact that it affects 5-10% of the female population) have resulted in new funding from both government and private sources. And even in this pharmaceutical-driven world of research, there are still studies being done on diet, exercise, and other non-medication-based treatment paths. I count these as several strides in the right direction.

That being said, it's not enough. The gospel of PCOS Awareness must continue to be shared, to drive attention to the fact that it is still being grossly under-diagnosed, as well as inappropriately treated in many, many cases. I still receive stories from many of you that highlight the "PCOS myths" that don't seem to be going away. I still hear of doctors advising patients "You can't possibly have PCOS because...

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MY MIRACLE BABIES:

Searching for a natural solution

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STEPPING UP:

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READERS' BUZZ:

This is your e-newsletter

We have much to learn from one another, all voices in the global PCOS community. Write to us at the PCOSA via our dedicated email address: readerbuzz@pcosupport.org Let us know what you’d like to read about, or share or plan; your views, challenges, achievements and hopes for the future.




Editors: Catherine Lord and Christine DeZarn