Life with PCOS
I really didn't realize the severity or commonness of PCOS (Polycsystic Ovarian Syndrome) until my mom finally urged me to read a few books ..which seemed more helpful than just straight up defining the problem. I wanted solutions to this annoying debilitation and how I can have a better quality of life each day. 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with PCOS after going through several blood tests and even ultra sounds. Before this, I had never heard of the disorder, and found out 1 out of 10 women face this disorder and over half of those women don’t even know they have the disorder. That blew my mind and also made me realize I am not alone. Several gals out there are going through exactly what I am and are conquering the world. Here are a few facts about PCOS as I hope to bring some insight and awareness to you and those you may know going through the same thing.
- PCOS is a hormonal imbalance, which can cause anxiety and depression in patients who have PCOS.
- PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders among women of the reproductive age group, which makes my 1 in 10 statistic even more astounding since so many women do not know they have PCOS.
- The cause of PCOS is unknown. The research tends to lead towards genetic mutations, which means that if you have it more than likely your mother or sister could have it too, and it can be passed on.
- PCOS looks different in every woman. Since there are so many symptoms and factors that go into diagnosing the syndrome it is hard to get a picture of what PCOS “looks like.”
- Since there is no cause, PCOS is a life long syndrome. The symptoms can be managed and balanced with medicines and with a healthy diet and exercise.
- All women with PCOS have insulin resistance to some level. PCOS has been linked to insulin resistance, which is one of the reasons why obesity is linked to PCOS.
- Women with PCOS CAN get pregnant. It can be more difficult and take more time compared to women who do not have the disorder, but it is possibly.
- Women with PCOS tend to hold their weight more in their abdomen area than any other place.
- About 40%- 50% of women who have PCOS are considered to be “thin” or “of normal weight.”
- There is still so much patients and doctor don’t know about the cause and cure of PCOS, but awareness helps.
Maybe you now have a better understanding of how this can affect anyone in numerous ways. Each day is a struggle for me in finding happiness..in finding peace..in finding comfort knowing I can manage this. I always come back to verses that are more encouraging and keep your mind in a positive direction. Isaiah 40:31 31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." I thank God daily for giving me beauty and strength from the inside out and won't let anything rob me of my joy.