Chances are if you have been diagnosed with Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, your diagnosis’s started with your doctor uttering the following words ‘Your results are back… you have PCOS’ and the conversation doesn’t tend to go any further than that. This was the conversation I had with my doctor 4 years ago… and since then I have been battling with a condition that no one seems to know very much about, well not in the medical profession anyway. So let me tell you a little about how I got set on this journey.
Around 4 years ago, at the age of 19, I started to notice some changes in my my body that I couldn’t really explain, I didn’t understand what was going on and I definitely didn’t realise that they were all connected. I had just started a job in the world of recruitment and up until that time I had only ever been working in retail, it was a massive culture shock to me, it was intense, fast passed, and extremely stressful. After around 6 months of working there my periods disappeared sometimes for months on end and when they did finally come they were heavy and hit with a pain like no other. I was only 18 at the time, and simply put it down to a change in work pace, and told myself that it was an issue that my body would simply work through naturally.
That’s when the physical changes hit, and these were changes that I wouldn’t be able to ignore so easy. The irregular periods were quickly followed by acne… on my back, I developed severe back acne, with outbursts so painful that sometimes I was unable to lay on my back at all, and then came the sudden weight gain.
The weight gain was the hardest part for me, not only was I up 3 dress sizes but like with any sudden weight gain, I was also covered in stretch marks, making me feel so self-conscious that at this point I didn’t even want to leave my house due to the frustration and the constant insecurity. For many women, the weight gain part can be very confusing, If you are anything like me your eating habits didn’t change and if anything I was eating less because I was so busy.
And the third and final symptom for me was excessive facial hair. and if everything else wasn’t enough that was the final straw for me, and really the thing that made me say ‘This is not normal, this is not ok, I need some professional help’. So I took myself to the doctors, where the lady weighed me, took note of the symptoms, and finally after watching her for what felt like forever flick through a book, she turned to me and said, you may have PCOS, she then explained that I would be sent for tests. When I asked exactly what this meant, she simply printed off some pages from an online search and told me to read through.
When I left the doctors office, I was terrified… armed with only a piece of paper printed directly from google, explaining all of the complications of PCOS, and the only words that were screaming out to me were; INFERTILITY, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE. at this point, One Question remained… What happens now?
To find out how the rest of the diagnoses played out, Please see PT.2
Until my next post, Love and Positive vibes.
Sincerely Shy x