This story starts from the time I first had my menstrual periods. That is when the problems of PCOS manifested. I was 12 yrs old. My first period lasted 14 days and I remember my mother telling me that it was odd to go that long considering I was young and energetic.
We decided to observe the coming months flow before coming to a conclusion if anything was wrong with me. After a few months, it was clear that something was not right…….😔
Imagine having your period for half a month😲😲!. Mum took me to a general practitioner. Our thinking was just as the name suggests😏😏, then he/she should have an idea about everything and that should help. To some extent, he helped shed some light on what was happening to me. I was having an imbalance of reproductive hormones.
We probably should have consulted a professional to understand better the signs and symptoms. How to deal with the condition. I understand there were some financial constraints during that time and we had not discovered google! 🙄
The Doctor advised us to let my body deal with it for some time. He did not want to treat the imbalance with birth control methods since I was very young for that kind of treatment. This was done with the hope that I will get better with time due to my youth and active lifestyle my hormones would balance out. WRONG!!
Things got worse, during this time I was going through symptoms that were making life hard on me.
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Let us have a look:
- Heavy, irregular, or painful periods.
- Breast tenderness almost all the time.
- Lower back pains– See back pain reliever accessories.
Those are some of the symptoms I still experience to date. It was so hard on me at some point. I started taking herbal medicine to try and solve the issue. To some point helped ease some of the symptoms above.
Though I was not really disciplined in taking the medication and was not well educated on the effects of letting the disease go unattended for all those years. I learned the hard way……. 😓😓.
Fast forward to a couple of years back. I started feeling the weight of the hormonal imbalance and decided to see a gynecologist and get professional help. The doc took some tests and performed abdominal and transvaginal scans(one of the most intrusive tests ever!).
The tests showed I had PCOS(Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I knew there was a problem with my reproductive hormones but somehow when the results came out it felt like new news to me all over again. It shattered me 😓😓.
I went for second, third, and fourth opinions from different gynecologists and each doc gave me similar results and similar methods of managing it. This meant dosages of hormonal medication that left me confused and in stress.
One of the doctors even recommended surgery 😲😲. I was not ready for that there had to be some other way out!. At this stage in my life, I was ready to start a family and we had tried for some time but were not yet successful.
It brought a lot of stress and this was not helping out in any way, in fact, it made the whole situation worse!.
- Hair Loss
- Weight gain-My weight had increased so much due to the advancement of PCOS and a then sedentary lifestyle.
- Infertility(The hardest hit of all!)
After a soul searching and thorough researching on the net and reading tons of articles I came to the conclusion that I did not want to feed my body with all those hormonal medications and felt that I needed to let my body heal from all the stress and strain it had gone through as the first step to recovering mentally and physically.
This meant that I would heal my body naturally by eating the right kind of foods and taking natural supplements to manage PCOS, change some health habits check out my post on habit changes here, exercise, and feed my spirit right through prayer for calmness and peace of mind. I am also thankful for a supportive partner.
This was the best decision ever! I am experiencing some great positive changes from the symptoms and shedding weight gradually. It feels good😊. I am enjoying this health journey and will continue to talk about it and update on the progress so as to help women in similar situations not to lose hope and focus on making decisions that will benefit them for the better in their health journey.
Lessons you should learn
- Never ignore or let issues related to your health to chance.
- Always try leading a healthy lifestyle this spares you a lot of health issues. I discovered that managing PCOS is all about maintaining that healthy lifestyle regardless of the treatment methods you take. It’s that plain simple period!!!
- Listen and take time to understand your body and give it what it needs- after taking a lot of hormonal medicines and I was not feeling right I should have immediately stopped and looked for more natural options of medication that were more friendly to my body.
- Our medicines are in nature- research on the best.
- PCOS stresses you out mentally and what affects our mental health also affects your spiritual health and physical health. So take time to take of yourself mentally meditate and relax.
- It’s never too late to make changes regarding you. Never give up it’s tough but worth it always. Take it from me I know it!
These are my experiences and opinions. I am not a medical expert. I am a woman sharing my experiences and best practices that are helping me lead a healthier and happier life while dealing/managing PCOS with the hope of reaching out to someone who needs it.
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