For those of you who have been reblogging and sending me note about this post, thank you. I’m really glad that it’s getting spread around and people are learning about it. I had no idea what it was until my OB/GYN popped in with a ‘Surprise! All those problems you’ve been having most of your life? It’s because you have PCOS!’ and proceeded to try to explain it to me using the claw machine scene from the first Toy Story movie. Seriously.
I was scared and upset. I still am. But thankfully my family has been really helpful and looked up different things about PCOS because I wouldn’t, helped me find others who have it so I could have someone to talk to, and generally just been there to listen to me freak out about it.I may not be making full use of their help yet, but I really hope that I will.
I know this is a really serious subject on a website full of things to make you giggle, but this is important to me.
My name is Shannon. I have dandruff. I have acne. I am fat. I grow random patches of hair on my face, neck, and toes. I don’t get regular periods. I can’t have children. But I can live with it. I am not a failure.
PCOS is a very common disease. 1 in 5 women may even have it, but most doesn’t know. In my teenage years I was very confused because I was the only overweight person in my family even though I ate the same food as my family and was as active as them. Then one day they talked about PCOS on TV and I had a huge “Oh my god! That’s me!” moment, then looked at my mom and she had the same look on her face. I went to the doctor and sure enough, I had PCOS.
It’s a rather complicated thing that cause too many male hormones in women. The symptoms are:
~cysts on your ovaries
~low insulin levels
~infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
~infertility or inability to get pregnant because of not ovulating
~increased growth of hair on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
~acne, oily skin, or dandruff
~weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
~type 2 diabetes
~high blood pressure
~male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
~patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
~skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
~sleep apnea and excessive snoring as breathing stops at times while asleep
I have never met anyone who had all the symptoms. I only have 5 of them. So if you recognize a few of these, go to the doctor, have a chat (a lot of doctors don’t know about it so they’ll probably have to look it up), and see a gynecologist. They’ll take an ultrasound of your ovaries to make the diagnosis.
Trust me, finding out that you’ve got PCOS will give you a peace of mind, and there a treatments to help you.
Humon, you are an amazing human being. This image has brought me a great deal of comfort.