Last month, I found out that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). After over a year of visiting the doctor and not being examined or my symptoms not taken seriously, I eventually saw a female doctor who inspected me and sent me for a scan.
The inspection was similar to that of a smear test and trust me, it’s nothing to be scared of. Likewise, having a camera inserted into your vagina doesn’t sounds fun but it’s really not that bad. When you think camera you think of a huge lense Nikon, but it’s more of a thin plastic stick – nothing to worry about. The worst bit is just laying there with no pants on but I told my myself, if you can get it out for someone to wax it, letting a doctor see it is nothing.
After being fobbed off by the doctors for a few weeks, it was eventually confirmed that I do have PCOS. I’m still learning that it means but for one it causes your body to produce too much testosterone, resulting in hair on your face and other unwanted areas, yay! This is as a result of your body producing too much testosterone which also makes it difficult for you to lose weight.
The cause of too must testosterone is to do with your body struggling to process insulin, it means people with PCOS are also far more likely to get things like diabetes and and heart disease. To top it all off, it can also cause fertility problems. I haven’t had a period in nearly 7 years and I had been putting that down to my birth control but it turns out that it’s likely because of PCOS. I have now come off my pill but I will save that story for another day!
It’s a weird feeling to have something wrong with your reproductive system. In some ways it makes me feel broken as woman, in the same way a man would feel if one of his balls stopped working. Luckily, symptoms can sometimes reversed if you lose weight.
Looking at the positives of this situation, I have been trying to lose weight for years and now understand why it has been somewhat of a struggle. Also, now it’s because of my health that I need to shed some pounds, I have a different mindset and I’m more ready that ever to get into shape.
I will be documenting my whole journey, from hopefully getting periods again (never thought I would say that) to the struggle of losing my target of 2 stone, to help anyone else that may be going through the same thing. If you suffer or have known someone who has PCOS do share your experience!