TV presenter Lalla Hirayama says that living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is not easy

She made the comment on Instagram this week.

“Living with #PCOS isn’t easy. The challenges usually feel insurmountable and it becomes emotional and mental as well as physical,” she wrote.

Lalla embarked on a national campaign last year aimed at educating women about PCOS, which is a condition that causes women to produce high amounts of male hormones.

The condition makes it harder for them to fall pregnant. One in 10 women reportedly have PCOS.

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Lalla told the Sunday Times ‘Lifestyle’ that being diagnosed with the condition felt like a death sentence

“The saddest thing about PCOS is that it often goes undiagnosed. The symptoms mimic regular premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms – weight gain, bloating, acne, headaches, body pain – so I thought it was just a phase. But I had acne on my chest, back and neck, and hair in unwanted places, so eventually I couldn’t ignore it,” she said in the September 2018 interview.

She joined forces with her uncle, Dr Russell Cooper, to create a supplement that can help with metabolic- and hormonal dysfunctions.