Finding a Support Group for People With PCOS - TheSmooco.com
Finding PCOS Support Groups
Whenever you are diagnosed with a medical condition, you might feel like the only person in the world it has ever happened to. In fact, in life we often feel alone, even if we know everyone is going through similar things!
No matter what you're going through, it's hard to feel alone. There are many women (in fact, 1 in 10) around the world who have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) just like you. We don't want you to feel alone whether it's PCOS, or just navigating life.
One of our biggest priorities is to ensure you have a place to go to connect with other women, make friends, hear their stories, and get inspired! Today, we'll be sharing the many PCOS Support Groups available, and we hope you find the one for you!
Why should I join a Support Group?
Having a common sense of purpose around our goals is huge. You are the product of the people you spend the most time around, so being aligned on your purpose and goals is never a bad thing. Join the community to surround yourself with women going through similar experiences and who have similar goals!
Let’s face it, having people who understand how you feel has a way of resonating deeper. Having a tribe means having a common goal or purpose, which means in the face of adversity, you have people you can lean on for support and love that is valuable and meaningful.
3. Battling Loneliness
Especially during these last few years, it’s been hard to keep up with our social lives. Joining a group of people who share a common interest or purpose can jump start efforts to enhance our social connections. It's amazing to have S’moo Babes to connect with daily, and meeting friends all over the world.
Finding a Support Group for You
When dealing with PCOS, and the many symptoms that often come alongside it such as irregular periods, weight gain, excess hair growth... sometimes, you just want a second opinion or someone to listen! Here's some free support groups available to you so you can connect with other women. Whether you find the one for you, or use a combination of them... the most important thing is you get the help and support you need and to not ever feel alone in this journey!
1. S'moo Babe Community
Our online S'moo Babe Community is completely free and we'd love to have you! Inside the community, you'll find other women struggling with PCOS that are connecting and talking about their hormones and health in a safe space!
Our community is available via desktop and mobile app on iOS and Android.
2. S'moo Babe Private Facebook Group
If you're a Facebook queen, consider joining our private Facebook group with women connecting and asking each other questions in a safe space! . It's similar to our mobile community, but just on Facebook.
Crisis Text Line
Text PCOS to 741741 from anywhere in the United States or UK, 24/7. This crisis text line will text about whatever is a crisis to you - addiction, anxiety, assault, bullying, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicide.
The Crisis Counselor listens without judgment, invites you to share more, and helps you move from a heated moment to a calm state. You’ll chat back and forth, sharing only what you feel comfortable.
The goal of the conversation is help you find calm. That may mean sharing resources for you to check out for more help; sometimes it means listening.
Conversations usually end when you and the Crisis Counselor feel comfortable that you’re in a “cool,” safe place, after 15 - 45 minutes.
A free social network that makes it easy for you to get the emotional support you need from others like you, and gain practical advice and insights on managing treatment or therapies for PCOS. https://www.mypcosteam.com/
2. Text S'moo
Our team loves to chat with you! Whenever you need a friend, text us at 83086 and we'll be here for you always.
3. Support Groups site
This PCOS group has more than 21,000 members. You can post information, chat, read the threads and more. https://pcos.supportgroups.com/
4. Other Social Media Options:
Women with PCOS and other hormonal imbalances are all over social media, especially instagram. Try out these fun accounts @thesmooco, @the.pcos.dietitian, @pcos_sisterhood, @pcos_to_wellness, and there are so many more! Connect, share the love, share the hurt and frustration. Know that you're not alone.
5. Finding Support
Every woman with PCOS is different, but getting hints and tips from those who have been living with the condition for some time can give you help and hope, and plan a clear path forward to better health.
How can you support someone with PCOS?
Our founder, Karagan wrote about "What it means to be a S'moo Babe" that we think perfectly sums up how you can support someone with PCOS, or hormone imbalance. You can read what Karagan wrote below:
What being a S’moo Babe means...
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” and it put me into deep thought about what being a S’moo Babe actually means. So I wanted to share my thoughts:
First, being a S’moo babe is about being a positive light to yourself and to others. Being a S’moo babe is about not letting your medical results define you and how you live your daily life. It is about waking up every day being thankful for another day on this earth, and taking the cards life has dealt you and making the absolute best of it.
Being a S’moo babe, is about taking your health into your own hands and learning to look at our experiences as learnings that we can take to helping others who are in the same shoes.
But some days being a S’moo babe means being vulnerable and asking for help, and some days being a S’moo babe means being the light that someone else needed to see that day.
Ultimately, it means that we are all beautifully connected by S’moo and together, we can make an impact to help women everywhere see that they are beautiful, and that there is hope no matter their situation in life. We all have the choice to live the best day we can today, and to make a choice to help someone else in need and make a positive impact.
This community is exactly that, and I am so incredibly grateful to be a part of it with all of you beautiful souls! S’moo brought us together, and I’m so excited to see the impact we can have as we navigate our hormones together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this.
Together, we will change so many lives together!
Remember, you aren't alone.
Don’t let PCOS get you down, just remember you aren’t alone and no matter how complicated things seem, you can find and will find balance again. Don't be afraid to share your struggles, your questions, and your wins! It will inspire others to do the same.
I hope this opened a few doors for you as you live and navigate your life with PCOS. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions as many of us at S’moo are living with PCOS & always love to connect!