Real Women Talk is a place for women to follow my battle with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and how I am embarking on a journey to improve my PCOS naturally. For years I have felt abandoned and left with little knowledge about PCOS and I do not want other women to feel this way.
Have you been suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for sometime now and seeking answers? Or have you recently been diagnosed and researching on what it is? Either way you have come to the right place. Real Women Talk is here to share the journey of PCOS and empower women with knowledge to take their health into their own hands.
What is PCOS? (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
"Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that affects up to 1 in 5 girls and women during their reproductive years. It may cause disruptions to the menstrual cycle, skin and hair changes, as well as cysts on the ovaries.
It is one of the leading causes of infertility, yet many women don't know they have it — up to 70% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed." As stated by healthdirect.gov.au
My journey with PCOS started when I was a young teenager and first got my period. My cycles were irregular, which was awful when I was in school as I was petrified I would get my period in class. I always had really tender breasts and horrifying mood swings the week leading up to my period. Then when I had my period I would have crippling cramps and back pain, I mostly stayed home from school for the first day or two. Along with all of this, my skin would be up and down with hormonal acne. Of course, this was apparently normal for a teenager turning into a woman, right?
At the age of 15, I was put on the pill, which masked most of the symptoms up until I was 19.
My symptoms of PCOS
- Mood swings
- Irregular periods
- Weight gain
- Hair growth in places that we do not want hair
- Painful periods
- Tender breast
In 2015, I was in the process of buying my first home, which you can imagine caused some stress. I began to have a massive acne breakout on my forehead which was concerning, as I had clear skin for quite sometime. This could have been due to being on the pill at the time. I went to the doctor many times and was talked into changing the pill, taking antibiotics and using steroid creams on my face. After 2 months of being fed up with putting all these drugs on and into my body, I decided to get a second opinion and was open minded to seeing a Naturopath regarding my skin and my period problems.
After my initial appointment they suspected I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and advised me to get a referral to a Gynecologist they recommended. After speaking with my Naturopath I decided to go off the pill and all other medication. A couple of weeks later I made an appointment to see my Gynecologist, who performed an internal ultrasound which confirmed I had many follicles on my ovaries and I was officially diagnosed with PCOS. Under the Doctor's recommendation a few weeks later I underwent a laparoscopy to confirm if I had endometriosis and to insert the Mirena (IUD). Thankfully there was no trace of Endometriosis.
If I could go back, I would have asked a lot more questions, I believe I got little information, although at the time I thought I was well looked after. 2 weeks later I had a follow up appointment to check my wounds and on my way I went.
Fast forward May 2018 (top image) recently married and returning home from my honeymoon with hormonal acne which caused pain even to smile. Again, I blamed this all on stress and brushed it off hoping it would clear as things calmed down. I again tried antibiotics and creams to try fast forwarding the process and was ignoring what my body was trying to say.
After about 7 months I began to listen to my body, after researching hormonal acne. I was scared to take the Mirena out and kept battling my mind and ignoring the fact it could have been the Mirena causing the acne. I was told by Doctors it would not be the Mirena because it "should" be balancing my hormones and PCOS. I knew in my gut that was not the truth for me.
March 2019 (bottom image), I decided enough was enough. This Mirena was coming out and I was going to take a holistic approach to healing my body and my symptoms.
My acne is slowly clearing (despite some scarring), I have dropped weight but also been on an up and down process with my body. Real Women Talk is where I want to share my journey and empower like minded women to take control of their health and listen to their body.
I am taking it one step at a time, implementing changes into my life slowly to establish what is best for me and my body. It is just the beginning but I am thinking positive and taking control.
Join me along my journey. I will be sharing my knowledge and my changes with:
- Hormonal Balancing
- Regulating my cycle
- Reducing my PCOS Symptoms
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