The 2017 Biennial film programs present new moving image works. In addition to screenings, each Sunday at 3 pm the artists will be present for a conversation. Coming up next: work by Eric Baudelaire (April 15 and 16) and Dani Leventhal (April 22 and 23). Schedule and advance tickets at whitney.org.
When I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome not even two years ago, my doctor was nonchalant. My ultrasound revealed that I had benign cysts on my ovaries, a classic sign of the condition. Coupled with other symptoms I was having (weight gain, irregular periods, pelvic and back pain), she came to the conclusion that I had PCOS. She prescribed me birth control to regulate my period, assuring me that it would help with the pain I was feeling. And that was all.
What I didn’t know at the time was that PCOS wasn’t a simple matter of absent periods and back pain, but a very serious condition with a plethora of complications. Taking my doctor’s lack of urgency as a sign that the condition I had was not serious, I continued to live my lifestyle as I always had, not realizing that I was putting my health at serious risk. It was only when I took it upon myself to research this condition, that I realized just how worried I should’ve been about it.
This is what my doctor never told me about PCOS, that I wish she had.
The following is a guide on how to portray a woman who is suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. As somebody who has been diagnosed with this and studies medicine, I can give you the best way to give an accurate backstory with this. There may be some triggers below and some medical terms. I am not a doctor, but this is the best guide I can give for rping purposes. It’s for characters who cannot have children or suffer fertility complications.
The Victim. Saul Bellow. London: John Lehmann, 1948. First English edition. Original dust jacket by Edward Bawden,
Leventhal is a natural victim; a man uncertain of himself, never free from the nagging suspicion that the other guy may be right. So when he meets a down-at-heel stranger in the park one day and finds himself being accused of ruining the man’s life, he half believes it.