Suffering in Silence:
Living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) –
To my surprise, there are many women out here who are coming forward with the news that they have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.) This has made me feel very happy.
I am happy to know that I am not fighting PCOS by myself.
We are in this together my sisters!
Having said that, I’m finally ready to let you guys into my life.
At the age of 18, I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.) Let me tell you guys right now, I would not wish this type of pain on anyone. This affects me both mentally & physically, I am ready to finally speak about it.
Since a majority of the world does not understand what PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is, I really want to explain everything to you guys.
Let’s get started with the basics….
What is PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is considered to be a hormonal condition. A large number of women who suffer from PCOS do not have cysts growing in their ovaries. However, quite a few do and I am one of them.
PCOS is something that you have to live with, there is no cure.
- Ovarian Cysts – This one is self explanatory, mainly due to the name “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” The cyst will grow inside of the ovaries and usually, go away on it’s own. When you are on your menstrual cycle you may experience them and they will last a week or two, then disappear.
When the cysts form, you may feel pain, mainly due to the size of it.
- Hair Loss – PCOS will cause your hair to shed and become thinner. If you are a middle aged woman suffering from PCOS then your hair may become thinner.
Personally, I have experienced this a lot. When people bring it up that my hair has gotten shorter, I usually ignore them. Why? To avoid explaining to people about suffering from PCOS, I’d rather just keep it all to myself.
- Hair Growth in Unwanted Places – PCOS can cause unwanted hair growth all over your body. Such as your breasts, face, hands, etc.
- Weight Gain AND Weight Loss – PCOS can cause weight gain and weight loss. I am not familiar with gaining weight but weight loss, I am very familiar with. My weight tends to fluctuate. However, everyone is different. Therefore, it may affect another woman differently.
- Heavy and Irregular Periods – PCOS can affect your menstrual cycle. Sometimes it will skip a month, it may never be in the same timeframe as your menstrual from the previous month, etc. Your menstrual cycle will constantly change and it will get annoying.
So if you were diagnosed with PCOS, please have your pads on standby!
- Acne – The pimples will come and go. Sometimes you would feel like you are a teenager going through puberty due to the amount of pimples that will come and go.
It is too much at times, however it is essential to stay hydrated with water and take care of your insides while suffering from PCOS.
- Very Sleepy – This condition will make you feel as if you have no energy some days. Like life is draining you. You will feel tired a majority of the time.
Usually the whole week after my menstrual is over, I would go into hibernation. I will sleep my butt off like I worked four jobs, HA!
These are just a few of the symptoms of PCOS. For a more fully detailed list of PCOS symptoms, you can check out this article on Sepalika.
If you have PCOS then yes, you will have a difficult time getting pregnant. It is not impossible to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy, however, it is extremely difficult.
It is difficult to get pregnant while suffering from PCOS because when you have PCOS, your body produces high levels of androgen. (Androgen’s are male hormones.)
Which is bad for women because androgen’s will interfere with the growth, development, and regular release of your eggs.
What does that mean?
It means that your body will have a difficult time ovulating. Making it extremely hard for women with PCOS to get pregnant.
But never fear, there are a list of treatments you can try out to combat PCOS!
- Birth Control – Although this will not help you get pregnant, this treatment method will help you regulate your period and get your menstrual cycle back on track.
I tried it with the birth control pills and it worked, my period came back. Only bad thing is that once my period came, it never left. This method has made me spot for a month straight, so I stopped taking it.
- Medicine to Ovulate – According to WebMD, there are three medicines can assist you with ovulating while suffering from PCOS. Clomiphene, which is an anti-estrogen drug that is used to stimulate ovulation. Metformin, which is a drug that is used to treat diabetes. Letrozole, which is a drug that boosts fertility.
There are some more treatment methods that you can try, ask your physician or a medical professional for more assistance.
If you know someone who is suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), please support them, try your best not to offend them in any way. I also hope that you found this post extremely informational, this is a very sensitive topic to talk about and I really wanted to bring awareness to those who are suffering from this condition.
If you are someone who is suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), please know that I have you back. We have to stick together and keep fighting this fight together.
I am you, you are me, we are one and we are fighting this together.
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