Updated: May 26, 2018
One of my biggest goals with my blog was to be transparent. So, I've decided to share my own personal story, and life with PCOS. I am a 33 year old women and I have PCOS( Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome).
“ One of my biggest goals with my blog was to be transparent. So, I've decided to share my own personal story, and life with PCOS .”
As a blogger, I wanted to document my weight loss journey, share some inspirational messages and share my love of fashion. However, my journey took a detour and I found myself sharing my life experiences. What motivated me to start sharing my story is the vast amount of women I've met who are battling the issue of weight-loss and infertility. I found myself relating to a lot of the stories shared and realizing that we were all battling this issue in secrecy..
One of my biggest goals with my blog was to be transparent. So, I've decided to share my own personal story, and life with PCOS. I am a 33 year old women and I have PCOS( Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). Although, I have successfully found a way to manage my weight and beat infertility, I can't deny the hurdles and hard work it took to get control over it.. So, What is PCOS? Here is a brief explanation:
What is PCOS?
Poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone imbalance that can cause irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, infertility, weight gain, and acne. PCOS begins during a girl’s teen years and can be mild or severe. PCOS is caused by an imbalance in the hormones (chemical messengers) in your brain and your ovaries. PCOS usually happens when a hormone called LH (from the pituitary gland) or levels of insulin (from the pancreas) are too high, which results in extra testosterone production by the ovary.
Some of the most common signs of PCOS include(s):
Irregular periods that come every few months, not at all, or too frequently
Extra hair on your face or other parts of your body, called hirsutism (her-suit-is-em)
Weight gain and/or trouble losing weight
Patches of dark skin on the back of your neck and other areas, called acanthosis nigricans
Growing up, I would describe myself as a very active and health conscious teen. As a teen, I engaged in sports as well as routine exercise, and was overall a healthy individual. At the age of 14, I remember having a menstrual cycle that was very irregular. At the time, of course it felt like a blessing to not have a cycle for a few months. It did not alarm me at all since it was quite common for teens to experience a missed periods if they were engaged in sports. However, not having a cycle for an extended period of time also had its own downfalls. When my cycles would come, it would last for months! Still, I was not alarmed and made up possible reasons why this was happening. I had my routine women visits and never mentioned a word. I believe I was more terrified of what the diagnosis would be. So, I went on with life and dealt with my "issue" as best as I could.
I graduated high schools and began my college career, still dealing and managing my condition on my own. Of course with school, life and work; the freshman 15 quickly turned into the freshman 30. I quickly packed on the weight in less than a year. I chalked it up as having no time to exercise, and living the free life of a college student. Living with the unknown condition became a normal routine in my life. I made it fit and adjusted whatever needed to be adjusted.For example, instead of buying one bag of Always with wings overnight, I started buying 2-3. And of course convinced myself that this was just normal and how my life would be. Although, I tried to ignore this unusual new life, something inside of me knew this was not normal. I started researching my symptoms and came across a blog with women dealing with PCOS. I quickly identified that I too experienced many of the symptoms these women were going through. That day, a light bulb went on and I knew that this must be what I have. At the time, little was known about the condition and the only remedy floating around were birth control pills to alleviate some of the symptoms. I grew frustrated and finally had a breaking point. My irregular heavy menstrual cycles were beginning to control my life. When it would arrive, it left me debilitated, Confined to my home, and emotionally drained. My wardrobe of bright and fun colors quickly changed to dark blues and blacks to avoid any accidents that may happen. So as quickly as my world was changing, I decided it was time to seek medical attention and officially find out what was wrong. After countless of test, ultrasounds, and blood work my Dr. gave me a diagnosis of Uterine Fibroid. I thought to myself, "That’s it?" "Okay, I can deal with that." So, as usual I went on with life.
Infertility & PCOS
Having my own family was always a dream of mine. I envisioned having kids, a beautiful home with white picket fence, two dogs and a hands on father. That dream quickly felt like it would be impossible to have. After several years of trying to conceive. My husband and I were unsuccessful. I could not help but to think that PCOS was hindering our dreams to become parents.During a routine examination, I told my Doctor that I wanted to check my hormones for any underlying issues that may have been missed. My Doctor referred me to an endocrinologist and. suggested that I test my testosterone levels and based on the results we can look into treatments. I followed his recommendations and My results came back with high levels of testosterone and an official diagnosis of PCOS. We discussed treatments including a drug called Metformin. Although I have always preferred holistic healing, I agreed to try the metformin. I also decided to start an exercise routine and that year I decided to convert to a vegetarian. My decision to become a vegetarian greatly helped my condition. I was able to loose 30lbs within the 1st three months into my journey and the Metformin along with the exercise helped my cycle greatly. In 2010, My husband and I welcomed our 1st son. We were overjoyed and on cloud nine for this great blessing. In 2017 we ushered in our second son Adam.
Tackling PCOS With Diet & Exercise
Seven years after the birth of our son, we knew it was time to start growing our family. With the previous struggles, It was not something I was looking forward to. We decided to tackle PCOS holistically and naturally. We altered our meals for healthier ones that included a diet rich in greens and healthy proteins. We also incorporated a fitness routine that included Cardio and HIIT. We started to log our workouts and held each-other accountable. If you suffer from PCOS, a Diet and exercise plan are essential. This is partly because young women with PCOS often have higher levels of insulin (a hormone) in their blood, and many have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Knowing the right foods to eat as well as the kinds of food to limit can improve the way you feel. It will also help you lose weight. Eating well, staying active, and maintaining a healthy weight (or losing even a small amount of weight if you’re
God’s Ways are Higher!
Throughout this time of seeking a healthier life and knowing the challenge of PCOS, I knew nothing would change if we did not stop and trust. God. I had to release my fears and believe that The Most High would heal my body and give us the desires of our hearts.The journey to healing required a decision to seek God only and his ways, There were numerous personal issues that I had not dealt with that were hampering my ability to trust him fully. Through prayer we were able to release these strongholds and allow God to manifest in our lives.
Within a few months to naturally beat PCOS, The Most High gave us a big fat positive pregnancy test! We are now expecting our second son. PCOS is not always pleasant & can be rough to deal with. The emotional & physiological stress can be a heavy burden to carry. Doing research and getting checked by a doctor as early as possible is something I encourage. PCOS doesn’t always mean you will have problems getting pregnant , but being aware of your body, doing research, getting checked,remaining healthy and staying encouraged in the words of The Most High is key. This is why I am sharing our story. I pray that our testimony helps someone out there with their fertility issues & provide support to know that you are not alone. Do I dislike this condition? Yes, However I know The Most High gave me this affliction for a reason & through our faith and discipline, We can help another.