I Am 1 In 10
July 27th, 2019, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects women. It is the leading cause of female infertility. PCOS can also lead to other serious conditions including severe anxiety and depression, obesity, endometrial cancer, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.PCOSChallenge.org
How I Found Out
It was quite weird how I found out. It all started when I my mom noticed I was growing hair in my jawline/neck area. We thought it was hormonal and I shaved it off. My grandmother then offered me the chance to get laser hair removal! I was skeptical and nervous for it at first, but after my first treatment, I could not wait to go back. During my consultation is when my dermatologist brought up the possibility of me having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
I had already had an appointment to start seeing a Gynecologist because I was cramping CONSTANTLY. I was also terrified to see one because of how self conscious I am. She ended up prescribing me birth control. The pain got so bad I knew I had to go see one. In the beginning of July I got blood drawn and discovered my hormones were very unbalanced which explained all the hair growth I was having. Towards the end of July I went in for my ultra sound. During the ultra sound I learned that yes I have cysts but those cysts are normal, however my follicles on my ovaries are very enlarged which is why I cramp all the time. After the ultra sound I went right across the hall to see my ob. I walked so confident that I did not have PCOS. At that moment I thought PCOS was just cyst on your ovaries but that is not everyone’s case. My appointment with my ob did not go as I hoped and planned for. Her first words were,” “It’s exactly what we expected, you have PCOS.” I feel like the rest of her words were a blur besides her mentioning I am insulin resistance as well as pre-diabetic and need to live like a diabetic since my body is treating me like one.
My plan for controlling my pcos and pre-diabetes, is sticking to a low carb, low sugar diet. The goal is to get my weight under control since my pcos caused me to gain the weight. Medication wise I will start birth control when my cycle begins which I am so excited for! I’ve gotten tons of questions if I will be on Metformin, and that will be my last resort if nothing else works.
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