*This is a collaborative post
Having being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) a few years back, my world came crashing down. I didn’t realise at the time but I was living with many of the symptoms of PCOS and had just put them down to me getting older and our lifestyle. I didn’t notice the symptoms but once the doctor asked me about various things, the penny dropped and I could attribute them to the condition.
Symptoms of PCOS
The most common symptoms of PCOS are
– Not being able to get pregnant due to infertility
– Absent or irregular menstrual periods
– Cysts on ovaries which can be both painful and unnoticeable
– An increase in facial hair and hair on the body
– Thinning hair and hair loss on the head
– Weight gain
Dealing with PCOS
One of the main symptoms that I was experiencing was weight gain and an inability to lose any weight. In all honesty my diet was appalling, I was in the honeymoon phase of my relationship with my husband and we enjoyed takeaways, meals out and frequent alcoholic beverages. Once I had given my diet an overhaul, I was able to lose weight steadily which helped with my fertility.
Around the time of my diagnosis we were trying to start our family. We had been trying for a few months and had no luck so we didn’t think we were trying hard enough and my periods were all over the place with no regularity or pattern. Once I started to lose weight, my periods came back once a month and we were able to start trying to conceive.
My mood was quite low around this time too, I had noticed my hair was thinning but thought it was due to an over use of my hair straighteners and having my hair dyed too often. My confidence was at an all-time low and having to deal with unwanted facial hair was just another dent in my mood. I know I could have asked for help by visiting a skin specialist, such as a sk:n clinic to get rid of it but I didn’t have the confidence to talk to anyone about it.
Living with PCOS
These days, although I am aware of the symptoms of PCOS I am not suffering too much with the condition. It is hindering our ability to conceive our second child and I’m still battling with my weight but I’m thankful that we’ve got our Son. Getting pregnant isn’t so easy for me but I‘ve got that ray of light knowing that if I can conceive a healthy baby before and carry him full term then I’m sure it will happen again soon.