I’ve decided to write a series of posts about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and this right here is the first one!
WHAT IS IT?
I’ve been told various reasons of why PCOS affects some women (because the truth is they – whoever they are – just don’t know). My favourite by far is the one where in cave men times when humans would have been starving, a PCOS woman’s weight would have been normalised due to lack of
chocolate food and therefore her fertility would increase. With the added bonus of looking cat-walk ready, us PCOS Princesses could have carried on procreating while all the underweight ladies had lost their fertility. So, there really is something in all that Paleo diet talk… even though not every woman with PCOS is overweight. But why ruin a good theory with the truth?
ABOUT MY DIAGNOSIS
The Mothership took me to my local GP when I was in my mid-teens when my periods hadn’t really continued with a normal cycle. After being put on the pill in the hope to kick start everything I was eventually sent for blood tests and an ultrasound where, with my slightly hairy arms, elevated Testosterone and cysts on my ovaries, confirmed PCOS. When I became a tad upset at hearing the diagnosis the GP mentioned how many girls would love to be in my position and not get periods. Compassion, right there, People.
I was referred to a specialist, I remember being asked if any results from this meeting could be used in a study. This incredibly rude man treated me as if I wasn’t a person, he demanded to see my breasts to check for hair growth, including pulling at my bra. He showed his disgust at my recently shaved legs because it hindered his diagnosis and factually told me I would probably not have children but should try to maintain a healthy weight – even though, in his words, it would be a losing battle and very hard for me to do. Yay for encouraging words!
I left feeling confused, belittled, upset and with nowhere really to go with my diagnosis. I started doing my own research and have continued to seek out as much information as I can, as well as listening to my body and figuring out what works for me on a personal level. I’m also very fortunate to have The Mothership (a senior nurse with 40+ years experience) who continues to source information for me and remains a person I can share PCOS management ideas with. Props to you Mum!
It’s taken me around thirteen years to come to terms with how that appointment went. How violated I felt and how I believe with all my heart that it could have been handled very differently, but more on that on a different post.
ABOUT MY PCOS
I have text-book symptoms (except for acne and male pattern baldness) and ones I hope to manage and/or combat through lifestyle changes. I will be writing about PCOS symptoms based on personal experience throughout this series.
Thanks for reading and if you know of anyone who may benefit then please share it with them.
Until next time,
Disclaimer : I am not a doctor and I do not intend for any of this and/or future posts to be read as medical advice. I’m happy to talk about PCOS from a personal point of view but anything more than that is out of my comfort zone. If you have any concerns about your individual situation then I respectfully suggest you seek medical advice.