How I Found Out I Have PCOS
It didn't take long for me to figure out that there was something off with my reproductive system. Except I never would've thought it would be something so life changingly serious. All my life, my period has always been heavy and irregular. So having irregular periods was normal for me and I'd never would have thought that it was something that would put my health at risk. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic disorder that affects a woman's hormone levels. That means women with PCOS produce a higher amount of male hormones.
What Was Happening
I've done a lot of research and read articles online about how not everyone has a normal period cycle. A few months ago, I was noticing how I've been breaking out on areas of my face where I usually don't. I figured, this could probably be the results of my sheets not being clean, but that wouldn't make sense because I clean my sheets at least once a week. So I began changing my pillow cases every other day, cleansing my face before each workout class as well as to before bedtime, and switch my cleansing products. Nothing was working. My girlfriends started noticing how I was growing hair only on one side of my upper lip and my hair would be falling out like crazy each time I washed it. When I went through two months of having my period, I was starting to worry. I didn't know if my worry and anxiety of everything was affecting my brain to create back and pelvic pain. That's when I finally decided to seek professional help.
It's Confirmed. Now What?
I made an appointment to see a gynecologist. She had me in for some blood tests and an ultrasound. After getting all the tests done, I was medically confirmed to have PCOS. Women with PCOS have a higher risk of having type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer, metabolic syndrome (which like high blood pressure and high cholesteral), and complications with conceiving. When I found out about all of this, I wasn't too worried or sad as a lot of people expected me to be. I was more blessed to know that this was something that was treatable (no cure has been found just yet). Health has always been my favorite priority in life. I've always been drawn to how the human body works, how it reacts to different foods and activities, and just know the benefits of the foods and activities that are introduced to the human body. So eating healthier has never been a problem.
Women who have PCOS suffer from insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is generally found in people who have type two diabetes. This means when we have foods that are high in carbs and sugar, when the blood sugar level goes up and the insulin gets stimulated, the receptors do not get to respond. The glucose does not get generated, which eventually gets stored into fat. This is why it's so important for people, not only women, who are insulin resistant, to exercise regularly and cut off refined grains, red meat, and dairy out of their diet. That's easy enough.