Five Celebrities Were Openly Honest About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Polycystic-ovary syndrome (PCOS), is a hormonal condition that affects about five million U.S. women who are childbearing. Multiple cysts on the ovaries are a sign of PCOS. It is not clear what causes it, but side effects can include irregular periods and insulin resistance, severe acne, fertility problems, difficulty maintaining healthy weight, and difficult keeping your weight down. Several of Hollywood’s leading ladies have disclosed their own struggles with PCOS in hopes to spread awareness for the condition and relate to others who are affected by it.

Jillian Michaels

You might be surprised to learn that someone whose whole career centers around being healthy actually struggles with a chronic condition, but it’s true! Jillian Michaels, fitness icon, has openedly shared her PCOS journey with us and the healthy lifestyle she uses to manage her symptoms.

Interview with Yahoo! Yahoo! Lifestyle 2019 Michaels recountedFollowing a cyst rupture, she was 15 years old and diagnosed with PCOS. After struggling for many years, she finally found a treatment that worked.

“I began to try to understand it. … Instead of throwing [drugs] at the problem, I looked at ‘why does the problem exist.’ … And over time, I pretty much had the situation under control.”

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Michaels went on: “It’s about eating right, working out, and eating clean. A lot of chemicals that are in our food wreak havoc on your endocrine system. I’m not saying if your doctor puts you on a birth control pill, say no, I’m just saying for me personally, I was able to manage the situation with lifestyle.”

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer’s self-advocacy was the key to her PCOS diagnosis. Palmer shared her struggle with severe acne in a candid and honest Instagram post. She also explained how doctors had to listen to her.

“Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea. My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed. I tried EVERYTHING. …But it took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me.”

Palmer continued, “… unfortunately doctors are people and if you don’t ‘look the part’ they may not think that’s your problem. … I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I’m not saying trust web md for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves.”

Lea Michele

Glee Lea Michele, a star, has shared her path to PCOS diagnosis and how it affected her pregnancy.

A 2020 interview with HealthMichele explained that she suffered from acne as a teenager but was able manage her condition with hormonal birth controls. In her twenties, she gave up the pill and her acne returned. She also gained weight quickly. Michele wanted to discover the root cause of her problems and was able to meet the right doctor.

“The minute she looked at me, she was like, ‘Oh, you have PCOS.’ It explained everything.” Michele claimed. “But I am very fortunate. There are way more extreme versions of PCOS that women have a lot of difficulty with—mine is not as intense. Which is why I haven’t really talked about it, because there are women who have it so much more intense.”

Michele and Zandy Reich decided to have a child when it was time. The actress admitted itHer PCOS was scary.

“… When you’re trying to conceive, it’s much harder, especially if you have extremely irregular periods. You never really know when you can get pregnant. … On top of that, I had to have multiple procedures to remove polyps and cysts and scar tissue.”

Michele and Reich were blessed with Ever, a healthy boy, in August 2020.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham, a former Spice Girl, may now have many children but struggled with infertility due to her PCOS. The celebrity opened up to Act Now magazineLearn more about her struggles with the constant pressures from family members and friends to conceive.

“I [was] really feeling the … pressure. Every time I go out, someone says to me: ‘Are you pregnant’… and at first, I tried to dodge these questions with a vague response and a smile, but now, I have resorted to overt, brutal honesty.”

“I keep that big smile and say something like, ‘Actually, I’My PCOS has caused me to struggle with infertility. So my husband and I have tried many fertility treatments. No baby yet, but it’ll happen soon!’

Jools Oliver

Jools Oliver (a model and spouse to Jamie Oliver), also spoke out about infertility, which is her biggest problem with her PCOS.

Interview with Judith in 2009. People, Jools sharing: “Even when I was 17, I thought there might be a problem and that I’d have trouble conceiving because my periods were irregular.”Jools and her husband tried to conceive but her fears proved true.

“I was quite quickly diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which meant that I wasn’t ovulating each month like normal. … You hear horror stories and you think it’s going to be hard, but I didn’t care. I just wanted a baby.”

Jools took the difficult decision to begin fertility treatment with Clomid.

“I had all the side effects—dizziness, panic attacks, blurred vision.”Despite all this, the star is “determined to get the thing done. It was awful, but I just thought: ‘Keep going.’ I’m sure any couple that has been through fertility treatment understands what I’m saying.”

Luckily, Jools Oliver’s story has a happy ending. She and her husband now have five children.

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