Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Sk:n but this is a true story. All words, photos and facial hair are my own.
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It wasn’t something I was expecting and it was rather a bolt out of the blue. I was lying on a hospital bed having an ultrasound on my tummy for a random pain I was having (just under my left lung) when the sonographer decided to check my ovaries. “Yes that’s definitely polycystic”, she said as she was digging the probe into my lower tummy. “Let’s just check the other one”. What? Why? Where did that come from?
Turns out, she did me a favour. I didn’t *think* I had any symptoms that I could attribute to PCOS but then again I didn’t really know what I was looking for, what it was, how it was affecting me and what it meant in the long run. I had symptoms but didn’t link them together. These included irregular periods, difficulties conceiving, weight gain, excessive hair growth (in places hair shouldn’t really grow on a woman) and loss of hair on your head.
It’s been quite a journey over the last three years with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism being thrown into the mix for good measure BUT, I won’t let PCOS define me as there’s no cure for it. I’ve just found a way to manage the symptoms as best I can.
I’ve become a Mummy which is probably one of my most ambitious achievements to date. If you’d had said to me back then, that in 2013 I would become a Mummy to the most gorgeous little boy in the whole entire world, I wouldn’t have believed you. I am incredibly lucky and I thank my lucky stars every day for him.
The weight loss is a bit of a yo-yo story if i’m honest but I have successfully lost weight previously and hope to do so again over the next year. It’s no secret that we would like a brother or sister for Little Mr and realistically this means losing a lot of weight. I’ve also changed my hairstyle (and parting) thanks to losing my hair before and after pregnancy and I’ve looked into laser hair removal for the unsightly hair that grows on my face!
Laser hair treatment might seem a little extreme for some people (who probably don’t suffer with it) but the idea of permanent laser hair removal when you’re constantly plucking coarse hairs off your chin sounds good to me. I’ve always got a pair of tweezers to hand and wouldn’t dream of going away anywhere without them. Luckily, I’ve got really fair hair so they don’t appear, visually, to be much of a problem but the vision of me being old and grey with a hairy chin and long, wispy sideburns really worries me! Having researched laser hair treatment and spoken to those who have had it, it looks like option I’ll be seriously considering. It’s not hugely expensive and is said to be virtually painless. Let’s face it, it’s probably more painful going to the dentist. Watch this space, not my chin!
If you’ve just been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, please don’t worry, there is a lot of help out there. I hope my story can inspire you to believe there’s hope because there is. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!