Sasha Pieterse, an actress, is revealing additional information about a health problem she dealt with as a youngster while portraying a character on the popular television series “Pretty Little Liars.”
According to the U.S. Office of Women’s Health, PCOS, a hormonal imbalance that affects around 1 in 10 women of childbearing age, Pieterse, now 27 years old, said she struggled with it when she was on the program.
Although the specific etiology of PCOS is unknown, those who have the illness have increased amounts of insulin and androgens like testosterone. The disorder may interfere with the menstrual cycle, result in the growth of many ovarian cysts, and impair fertility.
Pieterse claimed that her struggles with an irregular menstrual cycle and weight gain were “documented on camera” as a result of her job.
On the most recent episode of “The Squeeze,” a podcast presented by Taylor Lautner and his wife Taylor Dome Lautner, Pieterse stated that she first noticed a change in her metabolism when she was about 15 or 16 years old. “I gained unjustifiably 70 pounds in a year at the age of 17. There was no justification provided.
PCOS symptoms can range from irregular or nonexistent periods to abundant facial hair and acne, in addition to weight gain.
Pieterse claimed that she saw over 15 gynecologists in her quest for a diagnosis, which is common for many women.
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She didn’t receive a PCOS until she consulted an endocrinologist who, according to Pieterse, listened to her problems and ran blood tests.
No matter what I did, no matter how nicely I behave, no matter how well I treat my body, things were really becoming worse rather than better — it was very very confuse. This was the most frustrating and demoralizing experience, according to Pieterse. So, following a protracted process, someone advised me to visit an endocrinologist.