Keke Palmer opens up to her followers about her journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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Keke Palmer has opened up about having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Keke Palmer has opened up about having polycystic ovarian syndrome.
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In an Instagram post, Keke shares her battle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In the post, she mentions how doctors have not been successful in helping her condition. She had to research on her own to understand the condition.  

According to Mayo Clinic, PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age which may cause the ovaries to develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.

The condition may cause infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, excess male hormone (androgen) levels, infertility, miscarriage or premature birth, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Other known symptoms include proneness to acne, excess facial hair growth and weight gain, particularly around the waist.

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Although it is not life-threatening, it affects your self-esteem. "It has given me many sad nights, but I do not give up on myself," she says. 

"This especially makes me sad because my family struggled for years, and no doctor could help them; they actually mislead them and just took their money. It's only because of what my family sacrificed that allows me even to have the resources to share the information I'm sharing with you."

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Additional information: Mayo Clinic

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