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?
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