I have PCOS and these are 5 points I would like everyone to be aware of.
1: There are lots of women with PCOS
There are more people out there with PCOS than you think – statistics say 5 to 10% of women are affected by this
hormonal disorder. However, the percentage is most likely higher because there are many women who don’t know they
have PCOS. It’s difficult to diagnose – it can take countless trips to many doctors before you are diagnosed. It took years before I was officially diagnosed in 2010. In addition, your symtoms will probably not match the next person.
2: Insensitive questions can really hurt
The most insensitive question you can ask a married woman (and not just those who you know have PCOS) is if or when they’re planning to have kids. The truth: that is none of your business. Isn’t the answer obvious? Either they don’t want kids, can’t have kids or are trying and haven’t had any luck yet. Those are your possible answers. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility (one of the many symptoms). So, please, save the woman some possible heartache, and don’t bring it up. You might be making conversation, but you could be stabbing her deep in the heart.
3: Weight loss can be extremely tough
Many women with PCOS are obese (I’ve read that it is about 60%) and have a very difficult time losing weight. For most of us the fat is beyond stubborn. So, before you look at an overweight person and make judgements (eg: lazy, eats too much, eats fast food etc) think twice. You have no idea what their lifestyle is like and whether they are dealing with any medical condition. Many of us are actually trying to lead a healthy lifestyle which includes eating well and a regular exercise routine. It just takes longer for us to get the physical results we want. I welcome you to come and train with me at the gym. I would LOVE to show you what I’m capable of.
4: PCOS has made me stronger, not weaker
I do not pity myself because I have PCOS and I don’t want your pity either. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life. Yes, it is something that I have to think about daily and it is something that affects me in more ways than I show on the outside. I have days where I don’t feel so great, but on the whole I stay positive. I am fortunate – I have fantastic support around me and those people help me through the toughest moments. What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Period.
5: PCOS will not win
I will beat PCOS – the natural way, with no medication. That is the route I have chosen. It may not be the route that is right for everyone, but because of my history (PE caused by the birth control pill) I prefer to take as little medication as possible. Currently I do not take any medication. It’s a slow process that requires a lot of continuous research along with lots of trial and error. However, I have seen some improvements in my symptoms and it gives me great hope. I am determined to beat PCOS.
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”
~ Tommy Lasorda