Always a skinny girl, Swati (name changed), a 25-year-old biochemist, started putting on weight in her early twenties. Chalking it down to a slowing metabolism, she didn’t think much of it. Until she missed her period. And missed it again in the following months. After visiting her gynaecologist and undergoing an ultrasound exam, Swati was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS.

Put simply, PCOS is a metabolic syndrome that manifests in women of childbearing age (between 15-30 years). Its external symptoms include irregular or no period for months, growth of excess facial and body hair, mild to severe acne, and weight gain.


Tanvi Joshi

Tanvi is a pharmacist, public health practitioner and marketer. A Boston University alumnus, Tanvi writes about healthcare, brands, and culture. She was previously seen at the New England Journal of Medicine and Avegen, and is now with Jigsaw Brand Consultants where she develops market strategies for brands using customer insights. In her free time, she hums, strums and writes poetry.

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