This is the first time I have ever said this to so many people. I am 1 in 10 and I have PCOS. Something I used to be so ashamed of I am now writing a post about, on the internet. PCOS: Polycystic ovary syndrome: Abbreviated PCOS. Polcystic ovary syndrome is a condition in women characterized by irregular or no menstrual periods, acne, obesity, and excess hair growth. PCOS is a disorder of chronically abnormal ovarian function and hyperandrogenism (abnormally elevated androgen levels). It affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age, and it SUCKS.
September is PCOS Awareness Month. PCOS is so common in young woman you most likely know someone who has it. (hi friends & family, that’s me!) My doctor told me when I was 12 I had this. I hadn’t put much thought into it until I got older. I was ashasmed when I was a teenger, even in college. I would never ever mutter the phrase let alone TELL someone I had PCOS. Today, I’m like hey, I have PCOS. It makes me hormonal, heavy, hairy, anxious, depressed and ‘infertile.’
I just learned that this month is awareness month and it made me stop and think about how my diagnosis actually has an affect on everything I do in life. In 2014 I lost 40 lbs. I had to work way harder than I could’ve imagined to lose that weight. I ate less than 1,000 calories a day and went to the gym 10 times a week. But I had to. Because my body doesn’t work like the ‘average’ person. I worked my ass off (literally) to get pregnant. I think the disease has made me feel like I’m not normal. Why can every other woman eat a cheeseburger and not gain two pounds? Why can they not work out and just look great? Why do they not have anxiety?
Now that I am no longer embarrassed I am proud to say that I have PCOS and I am fighting for my health. I don’t use it as an excuse to say oh I can’t lose weight or oh I have anxiety because of this, but I do want people to know what I’m up against to not feel sorry for me, but to be like hey, that girl is doing great despite the crap she has to deal with.
So many women are not as lucky as I am. Yes I have to work REALLY hard to lose weight, be healthy, and get pregnant and yes sometimes I complain about it, but I always remember that no matter what some women with PCOS do, they can’t lose weight or get pregnant. I am 1 in 10 – but I am the lucky 1. And who knows what the future will bring with a second baby, ovarian cancer, etc. But for now, writing this has made me realize I need to embrace my flaws and love the life (and body) I have been given.
So that being said. Be nice to people. You literally have no idea what they have going on and stop giving unwarranted advice like ‘eat less.’ ‘workout more,’ ‘use ovulation kits,’ ‘just don’t be anxious – because I do ALL of those things and still struggle.
If you want to learn more feel free to ask me, happy to chat about it! Or visit http://www.pcosaa.org/2016-pcos-awareness-month/