The above picture was saved from a simple google search. It shows the most common symptoms of PCOS.
So, what exactly is PCOS?
PCOS is Polycystic ovary syndrome. It is a hormonal imbalance involving a raised level of the male hormones, cysts on the ovaries and or uterus. This of so lovely disorder can cause so many issues not just the cysts.
For example, I suffer with acne, irregular and painful periods. I have extreme fatigue during and after my cycle hits and I also get to deal with weight gain and trouble losing weight. I was a fit teen and adult, and just got unlucky with this PCOS journey.
I trieds to blame PPD and pregnancies for my weight gain, but when I tried to lose the weight I couldnt. While on Active Duty I tried to get seen for PCOS but they wouldnt.
Now, today April 30, 2019 after nearly 6 years of issues I have finally gotten a doctor to listen to me and my concerns, Today I received my official diagnosis. Today medications were prescribed, and information was given and now I’m hoping to share and help others!
I highly suggest that if you are concerned about PCOS or even Endometriosis, to seek help. Push for testing and answers. Having the diagnosis wont solve the issue, but it will open up doors you didn’t have before.
For 6 years, Ive never had a normal period. I seriously have never been able to wear a tampon because of the pain they caused and the fact that I cant fill an overnight pad in about 2 hours. For 6 years, my periods have been near crippling pain. Being in the Navy of course it didn’t matter, as I had a job to do. I had a miscarriage, then got pregnant, both while on the depo shot as birth control. Then 6 months after my first son, I had another miscarriage…. then a short 3 weeks later I got lucky and conceived my second son, my last baby. Although my “infertility” journey wasnt major, and in the end I got what I wanted…. PCOS could have been the issue. You see PCOS affects more than just your periods. It affects your entire life, mood swings, weights, appetite….. the level of exhaustion is unreal.
As I navigate this journey, I plan to share it with you all. My goal is to not only help myself but other ladies who may need the push or information to talk with a doctor.