She’s Paving the Way for More Progressive PCOS Care
Today, women have access to care and treatment options that were not available even a decade ago. But while the progress has been amazing, women like Rachel Blank know there is still so much more that needs to be done. Based on her own experiences with medical needs, she took the initiative to create Allara, a new virtual care model designed to meet the unique needs of women living with complex, chronic conditions.
Allara Offers Full Spectrum Care for Women With PCOS
“My own journey with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is what led me to start Allara,” Blank tells CircleAround. “With my background in telehealth, I was inspired to launch my own virtual company that offers the full spectrum of specialized care for those with a PCOS diagnosis.”
The Office on Women’s Health explains that PCOS is typically caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, which creates problems in the ovaries. Usually, the ovaries mature the egg that is released each month as part of a healthy menstrual cycle. With PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should, or it may not be released during ovulation as it should be.
As a result, PCOS can cause missed or irregular menstrual periods. It is a major concern for women of childbearing age, as irregular periods can lead to infertility (inability to get pregnant). Additionally, women with PCOS may develop ovarian cysts, gain weight or develop an inability to lose weight, be more prone to acne and facial hair growth, have increased cravings and fatigue, experience hair loss, anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
PCOS Is Among the Most Common Endocrine Disorders
Sound familiar? According to research compiled by Penn Medicine, around five to 10% of U.S. women of childbearing age have PCOS. Yet for being one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders, many women of reproductive age struggle to find relief, and doctors who will take their symptoms seriously.
“I’ve seen multiple doctors, read a ton of information, and tried a variety of diets,” Blank elaborates. “Through it all, I continued to feel alone, discouraged, and frustrated. And the more I talked to other women with PCOS, the more this seemed to be a common experience.”
Allara Creates Personalized Health Plans
Blank used her expertise to launch a resource to help revolutionize PCOS care. Allara uses trained medical professionals and registered dietitians to create personalized health plans for women. The telehealth model allows women to receive the care and consultations they need virtually, increasing the accessibility reach of the service as well.
The Allara model involves a review of the patient’s medical history, along with a detailed evaluation. Together, patients and professionals develop health goals and can discuss concerns in a more intimate way than through traditional medical appointments. These experts are able to help patients order blood tests and diagnostics as well, if needed.
It’s important to note that Allara doesn’t replace the need for a general medical practitioner; rather, the structure allows women with PCOS to approach their providers feeling more informed and empowered, while also having a platform to feel heard. Blank takes pride in this especially.
Blank Knew Her Business Was Greatly Needed
“When starting a business, there are several moving parts and pieces, and it can feel overwhelming at times,” she explains. “However, when I started seeing that patients were greatly benefiting from my platform, I knew it was all unfolding perfectly.”
Blank provides additional information and resources on the Allara blog. She highlights new innovations in PCOS care, offers nutritional advice, and discusses issues like medical gaslighting.
“My passion for filling this gap in women’s healthcare led to the emergence of my virtual care model that provides unprecedented support to PCOS sufferers,” Blank tells CircleAround. “I am very proud of that. It’s the level of compassionate, specialized care I wish I’d had years ago — and the care we all deserve.”
The Bottom Line
If you suffer from PCOS, or PCOS-related symptoms, you are not alone. Women like Rachel Blank are helping others in their position with resources they wish they’d had long ago. Companies such as Allara will continue to help women across the U.S. seek the treatment they need.