The gender defining moment

When was the first time you knew you were a boy or a girl? I remember when I knew I was old enough to ‘behave more lady like’ and when gifts given to me were of the artificial jewellery kind. I remember realising then that I was ‘girl’ and my brother was ‘boy’.   Continue reading

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“You have hair on your chin…”

A couple of months before my 15th birthday, my mum took me into the doctor’s surgery. The following weeks revolved around concerned parents, blood tests, lots of doctors including paediatricians, gynaecologists, endocrinologists and even radiologists and finally a diagnosis of PCOS.

PCOS, short for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is an endocrinological disorder which affects the hormones oestrogen and testosterone. It results in multiple small follicles (eggs) in the ovaries which struggle to mature. The main result of this is irregular periods. The high testosterone results in male pattern hair growth and skin problems.  Continue reading