My PCOS Does Not Define Me

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I have PCOS, I was diagnosed about 7 years ago. I had no idea what was going on with me, I just knew I had not had a period for about 5 years, I was getting hair growth on my chin and I had acne on my chest. I was unable to lose weight no matter how hard I tried. I ignored it. I tried to rationalize it, maybe I have some type of Greek or Italian in my heritage hence my chin hairs. I cut out all the “bad stuff” from my diet, I walked, I went to the gym, nothing was working. I tried to act like it didn’t bother me. It did bother me, all of it bothered me.

Finally, I went to my family doctor and explained what was going on. She looked me over and said, I think you may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I panicked, I immediately thought I had a terrible illness. I cried. My doctor then explained what PCOS is:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. The name of the condition comes from the appearance of the ovaries in most, but not all, women with the disorder — enlarged and containing numerous small cysts located along the outer edge of each ovary (polycystic appearance).

She continued to explain that PCOS is the cause of many of the symptoms I was experiencing such as:
* Missed menstrual cycles
* Excess facial and body hair
* Male pattern baldness

Finally it all made sense to me. I was relieved to have answers but I was still unhappy at what my body was doing to me. I felt so ugly, all I could see when I looked in the mirror was the dark patches of facial hair on my chin, my thinning hairline and all the excess weight I was carrying around. I was depressed, I had terrible mood swings and anxiety.

My doctor sent me to see an endocrinologist. The doctor I saw was no help at all. As soon as he realized that I was not interested in conceiving a child he lost interest in my situation. He felt that PCOS treatment was only needed in cases of infertility. I had a teenage daughter at home and had no desire to have another child. I was divorced and having a child was not on my agenda.

It was at this point I gave up on finding a treatment plan for my PCOS. I went into a very deep depression, I had never felt so disgusted with myself. I just floated from day to day simply just living, not enjoying anything. This went on for years.

It wasn’t until I began talking to another woman I work with about her diagnosis of PCOS. She also was not interested in conceiving and she too felt that her doctor stopped listening to  her once he realized that. She opted to research natural ways to deal with her PCOS. I took my queue from her and started researching as well.

I discovered that just a few modifications in my diet and adding 30 minutes of walking a few days a week can make a world of difference. I have learned to avoid foods that will trigger unhealthy spikes in my blood sugar. Here is a list of “poor quality” carbs:

* Sugary foods (soda, sweetened drinks, fruit juice, candy, cookies, baked goods, sugary cereals, cookies, baked goods, white bread, pasta and crackers and anything made from white refined flour.

Instead of the “poor quality” carbs I choose the “high quality” carbs. Here are my choices for “high quality” carbs:

*Veggies, fruits, beans and whole grains.

Check in next week when I post about the vitamins and supplements that I have researched.

Remember ladies, stay strong, stay positive and stay GUTsy 🙂