“Based on your test results your symptoms are consistent with PCOS…” I remember the exact day, time and place in 2018 when I got from my gynecologist that forever changed my life. I remember sitting in the hallway telling my boyfriend the news through tears. All I remembered thinking was it makes sense; I’ve been having problems since I was a teenager and I’m never going to have children.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is a hormonal condition that affects 10 million people in the world. While the cause for this condition is currently unknown, there are factors that experts believe play a part in the development of PCOS.
This condition commonly develops after puberty but can develop into the late teen or early adulthood. The symptoms associated with PCOS can be easily confused with conditions or go unnoticed for some time. When I visited my doctor to figure out why it seemed my body was fighting me I was showing symptoms for years. I had irregular or missed menstrual cycles, weight gain, and extreme fatigue.
Fast forward a year later. I’ve had more symptoms as I’ve worked with my doctors to manage the symptoms. Unfortunately, I’m one of the few cysters who has cysts and had surgery to remove a large cyst. I now see my reproductive endocrinologist once a year. My pelvic pain is gone after the surgery. While there is no treatment for PCOS currently I do pretty well to manage my day to day. After discussing my doctors I have a IUD which helps with most of my symptoms and my biggest pain fatigue is managed by a once a day folic acid.
If you suspect that you have PCOS or have questions on how to manage your current conditions you should consult with your doctor. To get more information you can visit – https://www.pcosaa.org