My whole world flipped upside down when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
At 15 years old, I already had many goals in life. I already knew that I wanted to have a career as a Journalist. I already knew that I wanted to have fulfilling relationships with both family and friends.
I knew I wanted to be a mom.
But PCOS threatened, and continues to threaten, my very ability to be a mom. Yes, there are many more side effects that I should be worried about- risk of Diabetes, heart disease, Ovarian Cancer. I am aware of those. But, to be honest, those do not matter quite as much as the risk to my own fertility.
So, from the time I was diagnosed I have struggled to find the answer. A cure- all. I live everyday to be a healthier woman so that I can welcome healthy children into my life one day.
“Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance,” according to webmd.com.
Hormonal imbalance in anyone can cause far too many problems to number. But to simplify my condition, I will focus primarily on the effects PCOS has on fertility.
Because PCOS causes Estrogen and Testosterone imbalance in women, it causes the woman to have irregular menstrual cycles. Left unchecked, an irregular cycle can cause cancer. But the more immediate threat is to a woman’s ability to procreate. After all, if a woman cannot go through her natural cycle her body is not prepared to create new life.
“In women with PCOS, the ovary doesn’t make all of the hormones it needs for an egg to fully mature,” according to Women’s Health.
It is possible for a woman with PCOS to get pregnant. My own aunt has PCOS and has two children. But she also lost a child.
That’s the risk every woman takes with PCOS. If she is lucky enough to become pregnant, then she will have to fight to protect her unborn child from miscarriage or a premature birth.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome also comes with a litany of side effects that every woman dreads. Acne, weight gain, extra hair on the face and body, and insulin resistance are all things I have experienced daily because of PCOS.
My whole life, I have suffered with my weight and acne. After I was diagnosed, I was glad to know that I finally had a reason for whyI struggled with these things. The first step to fighting anything is knowledge.
I have the knowledge to battle Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I have the ability to become as healthy as I want to be- for myself and my future children.
The unfortunate fact is- according to Women’s Health- that one in ten women has PCOS and most do not even realize it. By sharing my own experience, perhaps others can come to realize that they, too, may suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
This blog serves as my voice to anyone who will listen. I wish to share my story. My struggles. I hope to provide insight into my gluten free lifestyle for anyone interested. I hope that in doing so, people might understand what I do on a day to day basis to remain as healthy as possible so that I can inspire others to make a change in their lives.
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