Being diagnosed with PCOS was never part of the plan.
Most dream of finding prince charming, living in a castle, and having a family. Then you all live happily ever after. The end.
Regardless if your prince charming is not a prince and your castle is not grande, the dream is still there. I met my prince four years ago and knew that I wanted to have this dream with him.
Then I was diagnosed with PCOS. At the time, all I knew about PCOS was you had irregular periods and unsightly hair growth. That in and of itself is aggravating so it couldn’t get worse, right? Wrong. When we started trying to have a baby, I knew that we were going to need a little help.
The last year has been a whirlwind of doctor visits and lab work. Being told repeatedly to lose weight and trying with little successes. Crying and praying. And then crying some more.
Through all of this craziness, I’ve learned 5 important things about PCOS.
1. It’s more than a hormone issue.
At the root of it, PCOS is a hormonal disorder. But there is so much more to it than that. It’s also an insulin issue. Insulin resistance means that your body needs high levels of insulin to keep your blood sugar normal. If this isn’t controlled, it could lead to diabetes later in life.
2. Losing weight with PCOS is hard.
Blame it on the insulin resistance. Your main diet is of chicken and veggies. Carbs (any carbs) are not your friend and they cause your body’s insulin to rise and rising insulin levels keep you from burning fat.
3. Sometimes the doctors don’t have the answer.
I have been to two main doctors. Both wonderful, but neither having all the answers. PCOS baffles the professionals, so they may not have the answers you are looking for. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask. Be honest with your concerns and ask the hard questions. I asked questions about why weight is such a big deal and why it’s so hard to lose it. And I got honest answers. (The answer is fat produces estrogen and too much estrogen throws off your whole system. No ovulation. No period.)
4. PCOS affects women of all shapes and sizes.
Just that. PCOS isn’t just a plus size thing. It affects all types of women and we all respond differently to PCOS.
I’m the first to admit that Google is not always your friend. There is so much information out there (new and old) and it can become overwhelming. But researching PCOS has helped me understand my body better. It has also helped me realize that I’m not alone. There are Facebook groups and websites full of people traveling down the same road you’re on.
Please share some of the things that you’ve learned through your journey with PCOS. This is but a small list of some things that really stuck with me. Let’s connect! You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from y’all!