I hope you’re having a great day! I am! So there’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you for some time and I wasn’t really sure about it at first, but now I thought it was time.
On june, I was diagnosed with PCOS.
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The name may get you think it has to do with ovarian cysts, but it’s not the case. It’s basically a hormonal imbalance which consists of elevated androgens in women produced by obvs, ovaries.
Why is it called that then? Well, a syndrome (according to google) is a group of symptoms associated with a certain characteristic, so you have the symptoms, but not the characteristic itself. It’s like coughing, sneezing and feeling sick, without actually having bacteria or a virus affecting your body. So you have the symptoms, but you don’t have THAT. You know what I mean? I don’t know.
There’s a condition which is PCOD, which is Polycystic Ovary Disease, that’s when you DO have ovarian cysts. Actually the name shouldn’t have to do with cysts at all cause I read you can still have PCOS even in both ovaries were removed. 😂😂
It doesn’t have a cure, but there is treatment.
The most common ones are:
- Irregular periods or not periods at all
- Heavy periods
- Excessive amounts of bodily hair and unwanted hair growth (sometimes women get beards)
- A lot of acne
- Patches of darker hair in some areas
- Pelvic pain
- Difficulty losing weight
And some more. Not everyone has all of these symptoms. I have only the first four, apart from the beard, thank god.
There are also few diseases related to it, and by that I mean you have a higher risk to develop them if you have PCOS. There is: Type 2 diabetes, endometrial cancer, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, depression, anxiety, obesity… So far I have none of that so don’t worry. 😅
Anyway, let’g go back to me!
So for years my periods have been very heavy and irregular, the pediatrician (by that time) said it was normal the first year or 2, but it’s been almost 5 now. So my mum and I went to the doctor few months ago and we told her about that.
This is the best part: she sent me to the Gynecologyst. 😱😂
The first time we went was just to check my hair growth and to tell them my symptoms, pretty much the same as we had done with the doctor before. I thought they were gonna see my hooha (I’ve never done THAT but maybe it was for a protocole), but luckily they didn’t! Then months after we went there AGAIN to do an ultrasound and see if I had cysts. I didn’t.
And BOOM, diagnosis!
They told me to take *don’t freak out* the birth control pills as treatment. 😬
Goddamn, I never ever thought I was going to take a contraceptive method, I think doing that thing without wanting to have a kid is despicable. Judge me if you want, I think so. So I never thought I would take any of that
Cause kids, what’s the best contraceptive method really? Abstinence. Don’t get me wrong, you can do whatever the eff you want with your life, it’s none of my business, that was just my opinion.
Back to PCOS, actually 14% of women who take the pill have PCOS, which is cool. Well, it’s not cool to have it, but… forget it. *face palm*
Anyway, I have to take it at least until November (so my next appointment with the “lady doctor” I hate that name) to see if there has been any change. I hope there is, maybe soon I’ll talk about my symptoms and my “journey” taking dat effing pill and that stuff! 😊
I also wanna share more stuff cause September is the Official PCOS Awareness Month yaaaay! 🎉🎉 Dude, making this post and saying this makes me feel like I just came out 🌈😂😂
Enough of the bad jokes, I actually find it hard to share this, it’s not as much of a big deal to me as it’s not causing a lot of bad things in my body and shtuff, but it’s something I consider very personal and I’m the youngest *and only irl* person I know who has this, which shouldn’t matter at all, but yeah.
I wanted to make this post so if any of you doesn’t know what it is, at least I taught you something. And if there’s anyone you know who has it, maybe this post made it understand better, although I didn’t explain much and every person is different.
Also, if you have it, hi hello! Let’s be friends!
I also wanted to introduce myself in the PCOS community and meet people who have that too and hear their stories and everything. I’ve followed couple of blogs about PCOS and I can’t wait to be “active” in this thing!
I always talk about funny stuff on my blog, which I think is totally cool, but I’d also like to share things like this that are important and that also involve other people. I’ll still obvs do that same I’ve always been doing in this blog, I just wanted to add a series of posts about this topic! *and it’s going to be a lot cause dis is a long term thang*
So yeah, that’s it, I think. There’s nothing really more I have to say now. Well actually: kids, go to the doctor if you haven’t gotten your period in 5 months, you may be developing uterine cancer. I’m serious. Always go to the doctor if there’s something weird going on. Always.
Share your thoughts with me!
Did you know what PCOS was? Do you have it? Any similar thing? Do you know anyone with any period related illness? Tell meeeeeeeeee
I hope you liked this post as much as I liked making it! I hope you learned something new I guess! I hope you have an amazing day/night and an amazing week!