EDIT 26.08.2020: The date of AthenaAGaming’s Twitch event has been changed and the registration link has been updated.
This year marks 10 years since our very first PCOS Awareness week, which was the first of it’s kind in the world. Since then we have been joined by other patient organisations across the globe. We now celebrate a whole month of awareness activities and we have a World PCOS day on 1st September, which was started by PCOS Challenge in the USA 3 years ago.
This year is a little different to some of the others as we can’t get together in person, but there is still so much for you to take part in.
- Let your friends and family know that PCOS Awareness month is coming and get the conversation started. To use the below image click on it, right-click and save as.
- It’s our 3rd annual #PCOSPhotoChallenge – each day you have a photo prompt to help you talk about PCOS and your personal experience of it. You can do this on any social channel be it Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or maybe even TikTok or Twitch (we’ll admit we’re a little old for those!). Just use the image below (click on the image to make it bigger, right-click, and save), tag @VerityPCOS and use the photo hashtag and #PCOSAwareness. We’ll be reposting as many as we can!
- 1st September marks the 3rd annual World PCOS day, you can spread the word using the image below
- If you like painting your nails then you can help raise awareness by painting 1 nail purple for the whole month of September. By painting one nail purple we highlight that PCOS is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women in the UK and having only one nail painted will hopefully spark a conversation with friends and family.
- Set yourself a physical challenge as part of our #MakeAMove campaign. Research into PCOS and physical activity has shown that it can be beneficial for both mental and physical health. Long time supporter of Verity, Sharon Newson, has direct personal experience of this and now conducts research into how physical activity can affect the mental health of those with PCOS. Over on Instagram, Hannah has set herself the challenge of walking, running or cycling 100 miles throughout September to raise awareness. Why not set yourself a personal challenge, no matter how big or small, and share it with us on social media. If you’re feeling up to it you could even fundraise for us by getting sponsored.
- 10th September marks International Gynaecological Awareness day (IGAD). On this day we help to raise awareness of all conditions that are gynaecology related by creating our own ‘undies’ or as we have dubbed them ‘PCOS Pants’. Below is a digital template that you can save to either decorate digitally or print off and decorate to help raise awareness. To find out more about IGAD head over to the website of its founder, Kath Mazella.
- 11th September is British Spring Clean day. If you’re thinking about having a clear-out and using eBay or Thrift+ to sell unwanted items and clothes make sure to choose Verity as your preferred charity.
- On 15th September Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic are hosting a free ‘PCOS and Fertility’ webinar at 7pm. Fertility consultant Dr Arpita Ray, regional lead clinician, Bourn Hall will discuss PCOS, the reasons why women with the condition can find it more difficult to get pregnant and the fertility treatments available. Bourn Hall patient Rachel Woodward describes how PCOS impacted her life and her fertility journey. Nutritionist Angela Attwood of Love Nutrition will give practical advice on how to improve natural fertility and reduce BMI ahead of fertility treatment. To find out more about the event and how to register, visit the Bourn Hall website.
- On 25th September AthenaAGaming will be hosting a live Twitch fundraiser for us at 5pm. She will be playing the game Euro Truck Simulator 2 with other gamers on the platform, sharing information about PCOS and raising money for Verity. If you’re a gamer you can sign up to the event on the euro truck website and if you’re not you can support Athena and her group by donating on JustGiving.
- On 26th September at 11am the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (ISMR) at the University of Birmingham are hosting a free, public webinar to mark PCOS Awareness month. For full details and to register for the event head to their Eventbrite page. You can find out more about the Daisy PCOS project on their website.
If you are organising an awareness or fundraising event in September then let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org