Lalla Hirayama on her fight with polycystic ovary syndrome: ‘I refused to let it take over’

Lalla Hirayama displayed courage by speaking up about her battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Lalla Hirayama displayed courage by speaking up about her battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
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Radio and TV personality Lalla Hirayama displayed courage by speaking up about her battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

According to gynaecologist Dr Phindile Mofokeng, PCOS is an hormonal disorder where each treatment focuses on managing individual concerns.

“Women who have the condition tend to have infrequent or prolonged menstrual cycles; high levels of male hormones, which present itself in the form of a beard or facial hair; difficulty getting pregnant; or at time’s oily skin and acne. There are many systems. But  the root of the condition is unclear,” she says.

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Dr Mofokeng advises women to visit a gynae or general practitioner if they suffer from any of those symptoms.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Lalla took to social media to share a message to every woman who has been diagnosed with any form of female reproductive issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, premature ovarian failure, uterine fibroids, interstitial cystitis and all types of gynaecological cancer.

“I stand with you. You are not alone!” she wrote.

She voiced her concern about people who always offer their advice on the various conditions.

“Everyone wants to be a doctor and give you their 10cents on how to deal with your health when they don’t really understand how tough living with these conditions really are. We are so much more than what our conditions try to make us believe,” she penned.

“I refused to let it take over. I promised I’d fight it every day and win. Some days are better than others. We have a few more challenges to deal with but can also see this all as a positive if we choose to.”

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Lalla said her fight with PCOS has taught her to be mindful of her life.

“I’ve learned to honour myself more and I’ve also learned that weight training for my legs is the best exercise for me and my PCOS. I’m grateful for Dr. Cooper and @life.source for the extra help that made the world of a difference and the people around me who have made it that much easier to deal with. I know how hard it is to open up, but if you’re open to sharing what has your condition taught you?”