Personal Essays,  Reproductive Health,  Wellness

Living with PCOS

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Do you have irregular periods, excessive hair growth, acne, or other weird symptoms that you may experience on a daily basis? If you answered yes to any of these or maybe even all of them, you may have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Today, I want to talk you about my experience with PCOS and what it is. Let’s get into this.

I was diagnosed with PCOS about two years ago. My gynecologist sent out for me to get a blood test to make sure everything was okay. She noticed that I was producing an abnormal amount of testosterone. I know it sounds dramatic saying “abnormal” but it’s not normal for women to produce an overabundance of testosterone. This is when my gynecologist told me I have PCOS.

Reflecting on my diagnosis two years later, it makes a lot of sense. I grew up having cystic acne and oily skin. I have extremely irregular periods. It’s been very difficult for me to lose weight compared to the rest of you out there.

Moving on to the million dollar question. What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome? It’s a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with cysts on the edges. These enlarged ovaries cause the abnormalities that I discussed above as well as others.

PCOS is actually very common which made my anxiety decrease rapidly. There are more than 200,000 cases a year. Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor so please ask your gynecologist if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms I talked about previously.

Unfortunately, no. There are treatments you can try such as birth control for regulating periods. My gynecologist recommended for me to exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes. Weight loss is important when it comes to PCOS as weight gain can lead to obesity.

I hope this was informative and helped you learn more about PCOS. I know a lot of you out there may have either heard or not heard of it. This is why I wanted to write about it.

Again, if you’re experiencing any symptoms, please visit a gynecologist so they can give you their expert opinion.

Thank you for reading!

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