Shining a light on PCOS

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SPONSORED: Salome wants to normalise conversations about women’s health conditions like PCOS – learn more here and enter the competition to stand a chance to WIN!

One in six couples is impacted by infertility, according to the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA). Infertility occurs in both men and women, and there are several risk factors: occupational and environmental risks, age, smoking and alcohol use. One of the most common causes of infertility in women is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

An estimated 8-13% of women suffer from PCOS. This involves reproductive, cosmetic and metabolic side effects. The long-term effects, if not diagnosed and treated early, are infertility due to ovarian dysfunction, an increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiac issues linked to hypertension, sleeping problems and high cholesterol.

Common symptoms and diagnosis

Symptoms of PCOS include irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles and elevated levels of the male hormone androgen (also known as hyperandrogenism). Due to these hormonal imbalances, women living with PCOS often battle with acne, irregular periods, male pattern hair loss or experience excessive body hair growth (hirsutism). It can also result in the ovaries not functioning properly.

Getting a diagnosis from a healthcare practitioner is key to effectively managing PCOS. The onset of PCOS can start as young as 14 or 15 years old, and if left undiagnosed and untreated for years, it can cause further health complications down the line, including possible infertility.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their daughters about what could be considered ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ periods. Just by having these conversations, we can normalise these common women’s health conditions and debunk the myths and the unfortunate stigma attached to them.

What is Salome?

The Salome range was developed by local pharmaceutical company 3Sixty Biomedicine to meet the needs of those looking for natural alternatives to treat common female health conditions.

The company offers two products for women with PCOS – Salome Polycos, containing 600mg of D-chiro-inositol (DCI), and Salome Fertility, which contains a patented ratio of DCI and Myo-inositol. Both DCI and Myo-inositol are natural extracts obtained from the carob tree. According to 3Sixty Biomedicine, clinical studies have shown that DCI and Myo-inositol can help in the management of PCOS symptoms.

Who can use these products?

Due to the herbal extracts and use of natural ingredients in the products, the Salome range has minimal side effects and certain medical aids will reimburse its costs.

These products are available online here, on Takealot or can be purchased over the counter at leading pharmacies nationwide.

Join the conversation and WIN because #YourJourneyMatters

Salome is committed to educating people and normalising conversations about common women’s health conditions. On 9 and 10 October 2021, you can connect with top fertility experts during the virtual Fertility Show Africa event – sponsored by Salome.

Join the conversation and WIN because #YourJourneyMatters

Salome is committed to educating and normalising conversations about common women’s health conditions. On 9 and 10 October 2021, you can connect with top fertility experts during the virtual Fertility Show Africa event – sponsored by Salome.

To find out more about the event, visit www.fertilityshowafrica.com. Be sure to book your ticket to visit Salome’s virtual booth and engage in insightful discussions by top fertility experts. You can also find great advice and insights after the show on Salome’s social media platforms.

Visit 3sixtybiomedicine or follow Salome on Instagram and Facebook for more information.

The information in this article was supplied by a third-party client. FAIRLADY is not a medical journal. Please discuss all medical advice with a qualified doctor.
Competition time!

Stand a chance to win a stylish self-care hamper containing a custom-made Lou Harvey tog bag and a box cosmetic bag, as well as a discounted voucher for two Salome Fertility packs valued at a total of R2 960!

To enter, simply complete the form below and answer this easy question:

Competition ends in: 5 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes, and 24 seconds

COMPETITION RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The competition runs from 6 October 2021 and closes 31 October 2021. You may enter as many times as you like. Staff of Media24, the prize sponsor and their families may not enter. Winners will be chosen by random draw and will be notified telephonically. Media24 and the prize sponsor take no responsibility for any damage caused by entering or taking part in this competition. SALOME COMPETITION STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS This competition is organised by 3Sixty Biomedicine and is specific to the Salome range. You acknowledge that by submitting your entry into the competition you have been given the opportunity to understand these terms and conditions before entering the competition and you agree to them. • By entering you understand that you stand a chance to win a Salome hamper. • The prizes are not transferrable and are not eligible to be exchanged for cash or anything else. • The competition begins 1 October 2021 and closes 31 October 2021 at midnight. It is your responsibility to enter the competition within this time period. • You are eligible to win this competition if you are 18 years or older and do not work for 3Sixty Biomedicine or Media24. • Upon completing the online competition entry form, you will be automatically entered into the competition. • The prize consists of a Salome hamper consisting of 1 x customised Lou Harvey tog bag, 1 x customised Lou Harvey box cosmetic bag, and a discounted voucher for 2 x Salome Fertility packs valued at R2960. • We have done our best to ensure the prize is good quality, but we do not give any warranties about the prize or experience you have – by entering the competition you agree to accept the prize ‘as is’ and indemnify us against any damages that anyone may suffer as a result of the prizes. • The winner will be drawn through a random draw on 1 November 2021. • We will notify the winner within 2 days. The winner must respond within 7 working days to receive the prize. • As South Africa is in lockdown, delays are expected in prize delivery, but the winner will receive the above-mentioned hamper and prize no later than 4 - 6 weeks after the draw and being notified. • Any additional costs for the prizes will be the responsibility of the winner. • After the winner is selected, 3Sixty Biomedicine will enter into no further correspondence regarding the prize and the winners chosen, unless deemed necessary. • If the winners fail to comply with these rules or terms of acceptance of the prize, 3Sixty Biomedicine will consider it a rejection of the prize and without prejudice remedy the situation with another choice of prize winner.

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