On how late diagnosis of PCOD affected her, Harleen Sethi said: It 100 per cent affects your self-esteem


Actress Harleen Sethi has confidently led the popular series Broken But Beautiful and has been a part of memorable projects like Kohra, The Gone Game and The Test Case. Being a public figure she is used to being surrounded by cameras most of the time, but she reveals how her confidence was shattered during her teenage years when she started getting acne on her face due to Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD).

Harleen Sethi was diagnosed with PCOD at a much later stage of her life.

Sharing her struggle with the hormonal disorder, the 32-year-old actress revealed that since the age of 15, she visited several dermatologists but didn't get a proper diagnosis until she was 21. It was her mother who suggested she get a hormonal test done. For Sethi, as a teenager, seeing others' flawless skin brought a lot of emotional turmoil.

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“Since the age of 15, every time I went to a new derma, I would break down. More than the body issues, I have been emotionally shattered. Skin has become a sensitive subject for me. Whenever I saw women on screen, it was not about beauty but about their flawless skin. I would think ‘Wow! What a skin. I want this in my next life’. I started living in lack. Your self-esteem takes a 100 per cent hit. You start thinking of yourself as not good enough, not worthy.”

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It wasn’t just acne, PCOD also resulted in other symptoms, which are often ignored by society.

“I think acne was definitely the most visible symptom, but because of insulin resistance, you also develop fat pockets on your body, which don't go away easily. So that was another visible symptom and another invisible symptom was emotional irregularities. Very severe PMS and when it starts, you don't realise for the first two-three days why you are so irritable, but when you start crying, it hits you. A lot of damage happens in those 2-3 days,” she says.

However, it was his strong will to never give up that helped him understand his body and balance it with a profession like acting, which is of a very uncertain nature.

“Emotionally it has been a very tough journey. There are a lot of underlying issues involved. My attitude towards life also saved me. I never stopped,” says the actor.

She further adds, “I read a quote by Robin Sharma that there is no limit to success. I know many women suffering from PCOD and pimples who don't step out of their homes. I never let this affect me just because of my skin.”


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