I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2013 however have had symptoms of PCOS since 2008. This blog is going to contain 3 parts. First - What PCOS is Second - Symptoms i experience Third - How i got diagnosed
WARNING: Being a post about PCOS there is talk about periods and bleeding. If you don't like reading about periods this is not a blog you should be reading.
What is PCOS?
PCOS stands for Polycystic ovary syndrome which is is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels.
Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. This hormone imbalance causes them to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant.
There are many symptoms of PCOS as seen in this image.
How i got diagnosed.
My journey to getting my diagnosis was a LONG one. It started in 2007 when i woke one morning while living in Christchurch with the WORST pain in my stomach / Ovaries. I was living with my grandparents at the time so my granddad took me to his doctor and i was told its " Normal woman pain" sent home with pain relief and told to rest. So i did i went home and rested and rested but it was still sore so back to the doctors who decided that i should get an ultra sound as it was possibly a cyst. We had the ultra sound and nothing was found. So i was sent home again. I then went through years of pain every time my period was due. I would end up in extreme pain for the week of my period and the week before. At this point the bleeding during my period was normal after about a year of having the pain i started to have extreme bleeding during my period. My symptoms went on like this from 2008-2011 . In 2011 my cycle became crazy! I went from having a period once every month that lasted 5-7 days to having no period for 4-5 months and then bleeding for 4 weeks then no period for 2 months bleeding for 2 weeks and there was also a month where it was First week of month & third week of the month i had my period. I went to my GP multiple times over these years always being told its normal all is okay! I didn't really believe her but i was like well she knows what she is talking about she is my GP. Early in 2013 i was talking with my Husbands mother about the most recent round of crazy period and how i was getting so over it and she suggested i change my GP to her GP who was a good doctor. I was so hesitant as if my current GP couldn't help why would a new one be able to after some convincing i moved my GP.
First appointment with my new GP she said straight away that what i was experiencing was NOT normal and she is pretty sure she knows what is wrong but she needed to run some tests. I was sent for blood tests and a few days later i got a call to come in for an appointment as my GP needed to discuss the results. I remember this day like it was yesterday walking in sitting down and her saying so you have Polycystic ovarian syndrome .... I went quiet and she said are you okay? My reply was " So there is something wrong? I am not crazy?? Of course her reply was your not crazy this is what is wrong and here is the info about it. I was then sent home with a google print out and told to do research about management. She also put me on the Pill to control my cycles which did absolutely nothing except mess up my cycle more and make me gain 25kg in 3 months! I came off the pill and since then been focused on trying to manage my PCOS naturally. This is a journey i am still on and is my focus for this year so there will be many updates on this topic this year.
So that's all about PCOS for me! If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch!