My Battle With PCOS

What is PCOS

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal imbalance. If your cells become resistant to insulin, you will end up with an excess of insulin. There is not an exact science on what actually causes this issue. However, it is much more common than you would think. I’ve heard the statistic is 1 in 10 women. If you think about how many women that you know, chances are a few of them have some form of PCOS. One of the common issues that comes from the hormonal imbalance is cysts on your ovaries. It can cause a whole host of different problems

My Symptoms of PCOS

Cysts – I had multiple cysts on my ovaries and fibroids all around my uterus. These cysts were big enough my gynecologist did send them to the lab to make sure they weren’t cancerous. Thank goodness, this was not the case.

Weight Gain – I gained excessive weight. No matter what I did I felt as if I was blowing up like a balloon. I gained 60 pounds in just over a year.

Heavy Periods – This was one of the most exhausting parts of the entire thing. I was having HUGE periods. Like bleeding as heavy as I did after having my oldest child. This would last for 2 to 4 weeks, and I would have 1 to 2 weeks period free before it would start again.

Infertility – I don’t want to complain too much about this. I was not ovulating regularly, and I did struggle to get pregnant. However, I was blessed where all it took to get pregnant with my second child was Clomid.

Being Diagnosed

Like I mentioned earlier it took over a year for me to get an actual answer to everything that was going on. I could have figured this out earlier if I had been more vocal and stood up for myself. I called my doctor’s office so many times while I was bleeding and gaining weight. I never even was given the right of having a message given to my doctor. I couldn’t get past the receptionist. They would tell me that unless I was passing tennis ball sized clots, it was considered normal (mine were only golf ball sized). They told me that sometimes people had longer periods. After months of this I was fed up. I called and said that I needed an appointment with my doctor. When they asked why I told them it was sensitive, and I didn’t want to disclose. I was finally able to see my doctor. She did an ultrasound and found the cysts and a few other tests. I was diagnosed and put on metformin. After a couple weeks on metformin, my weight finally started stabilizing. It was such a relief to know that there was something more going on and it wasn’t just me.

Overcoming This Obstacle

My Current Situation

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