Living With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that many women live with.

What is PCOS?!

Every woman has two ovaries that produce eggs according to a monthly cycle. Because of hormonal imbalance, the ovaries become larger and are covered in small cysts. The symptoms can be mild or severe, and it can often make it more difficult for women to get pregnant.

How it effects me?!

The most common symptoms of PCOS are weight gain, hair loss and thinning hair, excessive hair growth, acne, depression, irregular periods or lack of periods and problems getting pregnant. Different people get different symptoms but these are the most common ones.

For me, the biggest impact PCOS has on me is weight gain. I wrote a whole post called ‘My Body Confidence Journey where I talked about how I have always been a little bit overweight. My weight is nothing to do with the PCOS, it’s to do with my eating habits. However, losing weight is made impossible but the PCOS. Gaining weight is the easiest thing but losing it can feel very impossible. I am currently trying to eat healthier but no weight is going with ease.

Another symptom for me is irregular periods. I am lucky to ever get a period. But when I do get one, it’s crazy! I always call them ‘mega periods’ which is probably tmi but oh well. Instead of having periods once a month, I get them once ever 7 months. When I do finally get a period, it will last for a whole month at a time. They can be so bad that I end up taking medication to stop the bleeding. I never thought I would ever say this… but I actually miss my periods.

The other thing that effects me is acne. My skin is a mess 99% of the time.

Do you have PCOS? What symptoms do you struggle with the most?

Eleanor May

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10 Comments

  1. June 25, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Hi lovely, sorry to hear you have PCOS. I have afibromyalgia & Arthritis so I know pain only too well. I’m a fighter so a certain amount of pain I cope with, fatigue bugs me but the worst is Migraines. They are the Bain of my life.
    Sending hugs and hope you get more better days than bad!
    H x

  2. June 25, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I’d never heard of this disorder, and hope one day they will find a way you can get through it for good! There are so many disorders we don’t know about it’s frightening 🙁

    Kirsty
    http://www.corinneandkirsty.com

  3. June 26, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    I think you was grave sharing this but it’s a lesson that people can learn. Wishing you the best!

  4. June 30, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Beautiful post… Thanks for sharing!

  5. Daisy
    June 30, 2017 / 10:46 am

    I cured my PSOC or at least got it into remission by cutting soy and the nightshade family out of my diet. I am now zero carb which is incredibly boring food wise BUT. No more nightmare periods, no cysts can be seen from my recent ultrasound and I am back down to my target weight 120lb, I put on 35lb at the height of my illness. From my experience doctors know jack shit about treating our gyno issues. It’s taken 4 years for me to get here but diet is the only thing that has cleared up my symptoms.

  6. June 30, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I resonate with this. I possibly (read: probably) have pcos, but am waiting on a second opinion. I also only get a couple periods a year (if I’m lucky) and struggle with weight issues. Most people comment on that being a good thing, but for me, I experience all of the pms monthly still. I find that weird. Thank you for sharing part of your story here! There is not enough information about this illness out there. I appreciate your bravery. I will be praying for you on your journey toward body positivity.

  7. June 30, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Hi!
    I have PCOS as well and it can be quite the struggle. My doctor prescribed birth control but it always made me very depressed and increased my anxiety. I’m currently still trying to find a way to work through it and have been altering my diet.

  8. July 3, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Concise. I like your post. I didn’t know that PCOS makes the ovaries larger…

  9. July 15, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I have pcos also. I struggle with losing weight (have to basically eat at 1200 calories or less to lose anything). I haven’t gotten a period in a year or so. I get them on birth control but I don’t want to go back for a pap smear to get a refill. I have excessive facial hair and it causes acne because of irritation. That’s the worst part of it besides the weight. :/

  10. September 6, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Wishing you all the best with your PCOS. 3 out of 4 of my closest friends have PCOS so it’s so important for me to understand what they’re going through.

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