From Sarah Hall’s Article published February 28 2002:
Here’s a teaser: what do Posh Spice, Jules Oliver and the one-time Hear’Say star Kym Marsh have in common? Just to narrow it down, it’s got nothing to do with their celebrity, and everything to do with their fertility. The answer is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
When Victoria Beckham’s pregnancy was announced at the weekend, the scary-sounding condition found its way into the tabloids, with friends divulging that Posh had feared Brooklyn would never have a brother or sister.
It was the same when the news broke last summer that Naked Chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jules were experiencing problems conceiving because she was suffering from PCOS. And with Marsh saying Hear’Say had to alter its routines because she was in such pain, and freely confessing that she didn’t know if she could have another child, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the latest celebrity disorder.
The more prosaic truth, however, is that PCOS is far from exclusive. In fact, it affects up to one in five women in Britain. Sometimes dismissed by unsympathetic GPs, it is the most common hormonal disturbance among women and the most common cause of not ovulating. It is treatable, but there is no cure.
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I think Victoria Beckham is horrible advert for PCOS – someone that’s become image-obsessed and gone to extreme lengths to change her appearance, implying the way she naturally is (PCOS symptoms and all) is a bad way to be. So bad, she’s had to pay so much to change herself into something “attractive”.
Kym Marsh (now in Coronation Street) also has PCOS – and presents a far more realistic image of a sufferer – an average sized woman with two children, who has suffered abuse as a result of her weight fluctuations.