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What PCOS Taught Me
a blog by Beckie D., September 30, 2013
Did you know September is PCOS awareness month?! What a perfect time to share my experience with PCOS.
I was 17 when I first questioned why I was packing on the pounds and my periods were completely absent. In the back of my mind I knew something was wrong, so I searched to find someone who could tell me exactly what was up. After hearing many times “this is completely normal” I decided to try a gynecologist, she listened to all my symptoms and without hesitation she told me “you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome”. She explained that I would have to go for some further testing to confirm her suspicions.
No one exactly knows what causes PCOS and the symptoms vary from person to person. For me an ultrasound confirmed I had cysts on both of my ovaries and my testosterone levels were out of the normal range for a woman. In addition I had gained 60 pounds which was more than likely caused by insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance. The doctor prescribed the (birth control) pill and sent me on my way.
It never really fazed me that PCOS was actually a big deal! It is so easy to look over the long term implications of this condition. It wasn’t until we started seeking fertility treatments that I began to think twice about how it would affect my life. Currently my biggest concern is the fertility factor. In reality there are a host of other concerns that NEED to be at the top of my list. PCOS increases your chances of the following…
- Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Poor Cholesterol Profile
- Anxiety and Depression
Currently I am working on living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Sadly at 29 some of the above mentioned things have already started cropping up. Through this I have learned that I need to take responsibility for my lifestyle choices. I need to take charge of my health, stop comparing myself to others and to start looking at what my unique body needs.
Unfortunately PCOS will more than likely always be with me and my body will always lean towards an imbalanced state. However there is so much research coming out and I have been able to educate myself on what I can do to prevent the evils of this condition.
I may always have PCOS but I have a choice daily to either thrive with this condition or let it slowly bring me down.