You must be wondering how PCOD/PCOS affects your art and creativity. How is it even relatable? Though PCOD/PCOS doesn’t directly affect your art and creativity, you would be surprised to know how profound its indirect effects are. It is perhaps to be the most common hormonal disorder found in women nowadays. Yet many of us balk at visiting a gynecologist or seek help for irregular periods, hormonal imbalances, and vaginal issues.

But why we are still uncomfortable talking about ‘She-Problems’. Before we go-ahead exploring how it affects your art let’s know about PCOD/PCOS first.

What Is PCOD?

PCOD medically known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease is a condition where a woman’s levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance and lead to the growth of multiple small cysts in their ovaries.

What Is PCOS?

Women suffering from PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have insulin resistance in their body. The raised levels of insulin stimulate an excess amount of the male hormone testosterone (which normally produced in low quantities)in women’s bodies. It interrupts the normal development of follicles in the ovaries and causes problems with ovulation resulting in irregular periods and reduced fertility.

How PCOD/PCOS affect your art and creativity?
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PCOD/PCOS affects women’s physical health as well as mental health. Women mostly get affected due to acne, weight gain, and likewise. There are still fewer discussions over the psychological effects of it or how it can affect women’s self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence.

Women suffering from PCOD/PCOS deal with various things like body image issues, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress, mood swings, constipation, palpitation, food cravings. The symptoms may vary individually but the effects remain overwhelming.

This significant imbalance of your mental health directly drives the creativity and art of an artist.

Talking about how exactly PCOD/PCOS affects art and creativity; it is to notice that creative people or artists are often subject to mood disorder. Studies found that there’s a tenuous relationship between creativity and mood disorders such as depression. So many artists are suffering from clinical depression. Artists are prone to anxiety and depression as they’re hypersensitive, emotional, and vulnerable. 

Read more about a personal experience of an artist living with PCOD
Living with PCOD

Now just imagine the mental and physical condition of a woman with sheer creativity who is suffering from PCOD/PCOS. Being an artist or creative person it only heightens the effects of both the diseases. Dealing with all of the discomfort, inner inhibitions, self-judgments lead to stress, anxiety, and then to depression. And depression is the dark side of the creativity of an artist. It’s pretty impossible to fathom the creative madness while suffering from PCOD/PCOS. 

As creative people tend to be hyperconscious, empathetic, emotional, reflective, and aware, they often spend more time over-thinking about their failures, fears, insecurities, and disappointments than others. It’s pretty tormenting for an artist to deal with PCOD/PCOS as it works like fuel into the fire. And as an artist, you naturally turn to art to express your feelings while you’re suffering.

Your artworks like a coping mechanism in such testing times. Depression, the common psychological effect of PCOD/PCOS, often acts as a motivation for art.

No wonder why so many artists burdened with depression has managed to create such impressive creative outputs. But with hormonal imbalance and complex neurochemistry going on in your body and mind these diseases only heighten the difficulties to channelize your creative pursuits. Struggling from PCOD/PCOS you often indulge in self-criticism.

You could actually hear the loudest and most obnoxious voice chattering away in your mind. 

The constant battle of hormones going inside causes fatigue of such a measure that the purpose of a day gets blurred. You feel fatigued all the time and pushing yourself to even get out of the bed can become immensely difficult. It affects your productivity in general and creativity suffers as well.

Now that we’ve discussed how PCOS/PCOD affects art and creativity, it’s high time you should be free of shame and self-criticism. It is nothing that should restrain you from living a normal life. So, stop worrying about body image and focus on how to get rid of PCOD/PCOS. It is time to show your PCOD/PCOS who is the boss! Let’s talk about a few lifestyle changes that can help you to fight with PCOD/PCOS. 

How PCOD/PCOS affect your art and creativity?
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Step 1

Replace processed and oily food with healthy food. 

Step 2

A strict no-no to aerated drinks and alcohol. Include more water, natural juices in your diet instead. 

Step 3

Exercise with good music where your endorphins are high and release all your stress. Yoga and meditation can help you to release the built-up stress and can also help you to get rid of the diseases miraculously. It keeps you in good shape and helps to manage the hormonal balance of your body.

Step 4

Stress, anxiety, depression can worsen PCOD/PCOS due to the impact it has on your mind and body as well as your hormones. Seek medical help for depression if you need it. Meditate for positive thoughts; take a good amount of sleep. Keep yourself relaxed and comfortable. 

Take care Ladies!

Don’t let PCOD/PCOS affect your art and creativity ladies. There is no better way of dealing with a disease or syndrome than to hear about it firsthand. So next time when you’re anxious or stressed due to PCOD/PCOS, remember you’re not alone in this –you’ve other “Cysters” too! Talk and learn about their journeys from symptoms to remedies and more 


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