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P.C.O.S. Awareness by GieGie P.C.O.S. Awareness by GieGie
A little over 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a disease that only 6-10%, or roughly 5 out of every 100 women develope. It's the leading cause of infertility in women, and even though doctors have known about it for around 75 years, they still do not know what causes it nor do they have a cure. It's not a life threatening disease, but it does cause several dangerous symtoms in women, including highered or lowered insulin, diabetes, and puts them at a higher risk for ovarian and other reproductive cancers.

It's also an obscure disease, many women who have it don't even know it, and women who get it have never even heard of it before. I hadn't until I got the call from my gynocologist on the phone, who explained to me what it meant.

So I made this stamp to promote awareness of this disease to women, as well as men, since spreading the knowledge takes everyone it can get to do so. For more information on P.C.O.S., please visit this [link] which is a FAQ of the disease and may answer all of the questions you have.

You can save this image and put it on your website, post it in your journal, email it to a friend, whatever you would like to do with it. In light of this month being breast cancer awareness month, I thought that perhaps this disease should also have a little more exposure. Just let everyone you can know about it!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!
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AnOddRose Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2018  Student General Artist
It saddens me so deeply too see all these women who have PCOS. Now I'm one of them. I'll keep you all in my prayers. Hang in there, my girls! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2]

www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topic…
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SweetE Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Using!
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Zigor-Adebisi Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am just being diagnosed as having PCOS and It brings a lot of things into sharp focus.
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SecondSparrow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
My PCOS story, I guess- I was diagnosed last summer. I had facial hair and rapid weight gain, but we all just supposed that the hair was genetic and the weight gain was due to inactivity and a previous heart condition I had that made me very hungry. After I got diagnosed and on medication, I was able to change my lifestyle and get better, and I've been looking and feeling better! My facial hair doesn't grow in as thickly anymore, and I only need to wax it once every few months instead of bi-weekly. You can do it, everyone! 
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manders123 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
finally! I've been looking everywhere for a PCOS stamp! I have it and it sucks because I will never be able to have children!Really Sad 
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Vovina-de-Micaloz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With how horrific and traumatizing the entire process is, I'd rather have PCOS than be fertile.
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manders123 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
I know
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   General Artist
I recently have been diagnosed with it.....it sucks I know....:(
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, everyone found out when they were so young. I was 19 when I got PCOS, and I was completely devastated when I found out because I've wanted children since I was a small child myself.
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LazyMaskedArtist Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got PCOS when I was 6, actually.
My family found that out when I got somewhat facial hair on my upper lip, and my chin. The hair got darker and more noticable, which is when we got curious.

Another thing that is weird is that when this started I was really skinny. And I never ate candy, not even on Halloween. I loved fruits and vegetables and I always ran past the candy, chips and other junkfoods.

And all of the sudden I started gaining weight rapidly. About ten pounds a day. It was horrible, and the other symptoms were just so embarrassing..
But things have gotten better. When we spotted out I had PCOS I was 10 years old.
I weighted about 180, and I have now lost 50 pounds in a few months.
After I have been loosing weight, I got Celiac. Then ADHD. Not sure if it's getting worse or better but, as always i'm glad to be alive in good condition.

Thank you for posting this stamp, and raising awareness, it means a lot to all who have PCOS.
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LissaPin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are awesome for making this stamp. (BTW, I love how this has turned in to a PCOS support thread!)

While my symptoms initially showed up at sixteen, my gynecologist at the time didn't explain exactly what it was: if he did, I would have taken it more seriously. It wasn't until my nurse practitioner recognized the signs, ten years later, that I fully started treatment. Between her and my endocrinologist, I was placed on birth control, metformin, and hydrochlorothiazide. Imagine the fun of trying to explain why you're taking a high blood pressure med and a diabetes med when you're neither diabetic nor have high blood pressure.

It sucks. While the extreme pain from the cysts rupturing have somewhat subsided, I just happened to have gotten the lovely side effects of messed up insulin levels and hirtusm, or unusual hair growth. (The cysts can also mess with what is, typically, minimal traces of testosterone in the female body, increasing it to the point where women grow facial hair and have hair loss. I have that, too.)
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SkeLight-Studios Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for making us all a stamp!! :)
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Lugora Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Hi! I was looking for stamps and when I saw this, it made me feel happy that people here on dA actually know what this terrible disease is, I was diagnosed with it recently and it's not fun at all. I'm definitely putting this in my stamp list. :)
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xXREapERCHiLDXx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My doctor diagnosed me with PCOS a few days ago

It's great finally having an explanation for why my time of the month is so irregular
among many other things like cramps, high testosterone levels, and so on
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AlameaLio Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Thanks a great stamp! thanks for sharing! I have PCOS as well.
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CounterCanterPhotos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't have PCOS but I know lots of people who do, and EVERYONE should favourite this stamp to raise awareness, even if it doesn't directly affect them. Well done you! :)
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mr-quackers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've had PCOS for three years now and very grateful that I haven't had as many problems that I've read about. I support all those that suffer from this condition and wish them all the best to get better! Spread the word!
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ShadiSin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
My grandmother, mother, and I all have it.. I'm only sixteen, we found out about it last year..

The cysts keep bursting on BOTH sides for me and it's extremely painful - I have an appointment with a 'professional' soon and I'm honestly hoping they remove them.

I'm on 1500 metformin and it's not even touching it. I had a pelvic ultrasound but due to my weight they couldn't really tell so I'll need a pap smear.

I'm extremely wary/nervous of this. I hate it with a passion.. I'm ready to put lines on my stomach before I go to the doctor and be like, got it all ready for you, sir/ma'am. I just want them gone. With my health issues I have (I take about 20 pills a day for my conditions) I've already been told having kids is a BAD idea because it puts me at super risk, and my 'soon-to-be-fiance' doesn't want to risk it so we've already decided, no kids. Which I'm fine with, because I don't cope well with younger children/babies.

I just wish the damn doctors would help me rid of this horrible pain.. I am almost twenty four seven in pain, and it's only double when I'm on my period.

I wouldn't wish this condition upon anyone..

Despite my grandmother having it, she had six children and my mother two - my brother and I. Technically I'm her fourth but second living, second was an abortion due to health problems third she lost.
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YukoISBadMedicine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was diagnosed about a year ago, but I had problems for years and switched doctors so I can get the testing I needed and help.

I remember going to see my gynecologist after that oral glucose test and she said that the all the blood work confirmed and that my androgen (such as testosterone) levels were way too high and that I had diabetes and sent me to see a endocrinologist. Luckily I was only borderline diabetic, but he said that my thyroid was dying. So I been on medication and lost way within the last year and though now I know what I have, it is still hard.

Right now I mainly dealing with sleep problems, hair falling out and anxiety.

Thanks for this stamp! We need more awareness.
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TheAllKnowingDemon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was diagnosed a few days ago. Honestly, I'm still not sure what's going on. I'm really scared about it, but knowing that people like you are trying to raise awareness of it really really means a lot. I wish I had even known that pcos existed. I've been battling it for years and I've lost many friends due to it's symptoms. I'd seen so many doctors and literally none of them knew. Only the last doctor I saw told me what it was. So thank you. Really. It means so much to me.
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sl-Jazmina Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have PCOS Thank you for creating this. I agree there needs to be much more awareness about this Disease :hug:
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NorthrnStar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Photographer
thanks i just found out a few days ago
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Enkeli-Kristalli Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
thankyou for making this i was diagnosed in 2006 x
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fairlyflawed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This means a ton to me, because I have PCOS, and I've had it since I was 8. I'm 13 now, and thank you, random person - this makes myday.
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Bitter-Cherry Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was diagnosed with this about a month ago... not long after my mother was diagnosed with it too... from what I've been reading I'm lucky I don't have to deal with most of the symptoms... I do have problems losing weight though, but I'll have to live with that... I really want to believe I won't be facing fertility porblems in the future, my mom didn't so I guess there's a good chance I won't either.

Thanks for making this lovely stamp, I'll certainly use it. =)
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GChristou Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I've been suffering from PCOS for 19 years (since I was 10 years old). It is a cause that is very dear to me. Thank you for raising awareness!
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Sonamae Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011   Artist
I put this stamp on my website, the more people know the better.
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GieGie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
YAY! Spread the awareness! :D
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thehatterschild Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
But you did get your facts wrong. PCOS affects nearly 1 out of every 4 women.
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thehatterschild Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have it... I hate it. I wish it'd go away... :/
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ilike2draw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Writer
You're not alone. I have PCOS as well. I was diagnosed with this when I was 13/14; I'm 21 now. So, I've had this for a while. If anyone ever wants to talk, I'm here. :)
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I was diagnosed with this a couple of years ago and only now am finally able to get some form of laser treatment which should hopefully deal with the most obvious and embarrassing symptoms. It really is shocking just how few people know about it when it is in fact much more common than you'd think.
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ilike2draw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Writer
I got that done when I was 14/15. It worked pretty well. I'm 21 now. I still have a few dark hairs on my chin, and neck, it's really not as many.
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh well that's reassuring to hear! I haven't spoken to anyone who's actually had it before so fingers crossed it works well for me too!
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ilike2draw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Writer
It will. I mean I still have to pluck a few dark hairs, but like I said, it's not nearly as many as I had. I think (if I remember correctly) I went for 3-4 sessions. :D

If you ever want to ask me something, feel free. :) I've been living with this (and still living with this) for a while, so I'd be happy to answer (if I can) any kind of questions you have. No one should be alone in something like this. :D
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ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww thanks! ^^ When I went for the skin test recently they showed me before and after photos of some of the other patients and it was really humbling to see women who had it MUCH worse than I and yet ended up with almost no sign of it after the full block of sessions!
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ilike2draw Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010   Writer
:D
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shayerahol22 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
I just got diagnosed last month. :c I had never heard about it until a few weeks before then when my mom told me my dermatologist was worried about it. :B It's a good thing I was already planning on adoption, 'cause I know my sister would've been heartbroken if she had this. xD She wants herself a houseful of kids. :3 Which is great 'cause that means I get to be the crazy aunt. >D

I didn't even expect to see this stamp out here. xD I think it looks really cute. ^^
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katiedesu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I just found out I had this :(
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VaerepireStudios Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks for this. I was recently diagnosed at the start of the year and I've just turned 16. :)
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RachaelSong Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Thank you for making this.
Since getting diagnosed with this along with diabetes, I've honestly found more help and guidance online from other people with the disease than from any doctors or nurses. A light really needs to be shone on this, I also had no idea what it was until I googled some of my symptoms before contacting my GP.
Props to you! :heart:
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Didaverseend Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Got it. I didn't know there was any kind of awareness out there for it. Thank you =)
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Cysco-Inu Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Thank you sooooo much for making a wonderful stamp like this.
I wish there was a way to raise more awareness.
I suffer from PCOS as well. It's torn me apart, but I just want so badly for more people to understand this syndrome.
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Ambelleina Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just got diagnosed today, after years of irregular periods and 9 months of no periods.

at least i have an answer now.
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GieGie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Yeah, an answer always helps. I started mine when I was 13, spotted for a day or two, and didn't get my second period again until I was 16 years old. So yeah, I know all about the irregular thing. I hope you manage to get it all taken care of!
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persuastrix Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this stamp!
A few months ago during check-up for cancer my gynecologist told me I have P.C.O.S.
I also never heard of this disease before and try now to find the right treatment.

I'm gonna use this stamp on my journal^^
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GieGie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
YAY! Get the word out there! It's very surprising how many women DON'T know about this syndrome :( But hopefully that'll change. I know the last time I checked statistically five out of every hundred women have it, so it's definitely worth the time advertising about it. They need to know ya know?
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majandrah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have pcos as well and I know your pain, keep spreading the word and maybe it wont go undiagnosed so long for so many women.
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GieGie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Yeah, I had it a long time before I knew about it too. It's a pain, and hopefully this stamp has helped a little bit. Thanks for commenting!
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Sweetly-Tortured Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
I have featured this amazing deviation in my journal!! [link] I hope you like it!!
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