Dr. Duru Shah
Conquer PCOS – A CSR Initiative by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder affecting about 12-18% of women in the reproductive age. PCOS causes irregular periods, excessive male-type hair growth (hirsutism), thinning of scalp hair, male-type baldness, acne, obesity, difficulty in losing weight, dark patches of skin and infertility.
The exact cause of PCOS is not known. However, it is speculated that the syndrome occurs because of interplay of genetic and environmental factors which hinders with the regular functioning of hormones in the body.
As part of CSR Initiative Metropolis Healthcare Ltd has come out with Conquer PCOS to help women overcome PCOS.
The objective behind Conquer PCOS was to spread awareness about the condition, get more women diagnosed, offer support for women with PCOS, create a forum where women with PCOS can talk to each other, one stop information solution and expert solution from Doctors.
Internal data studies by Metropolis show that 1 in 10 women suffer from PCOS. Conquer PCOS is aimed at women with PCOS and helps them take control of their health and well-being. Since PCOS is a complex syndrome, most women suffer in ignorance for years before they get diagnosed because of lack of awareness. Early diagnosis goes a long way in helping improve the quality of lives of these patients and prevent life-long complications.
As per Ameera Shah, Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd., “The main challenge with PCOS is that there is a general lack of awareness regarding the condition in India and it often remains undetected for years. Many aspects of the disorder are not understood properly as its symptoms and severity vary greatly”.
Conquer PCOS is a CSR Initiative by Metropolis Healthcare Ltd and the program is executed along with PCOS Society of India.
Dr. Duru Shah, Founder President, PCOS Society states “PCOS not only affects reproductive health of women but also leads to mental health issues like depression, anxiety and mood changes due to PCOS complications like obesity, irregular periods, acne and alopecia. A holistic approach is needed to treat polycystic ovary syndrome. Assurance to the patient that their issues can be very well treated and educating them about their problems will help in preventing anxiety and depression”.