Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Living with PCOS

This section of the blog may not be suitable for all readers. This section is all about the struggles of living with PCOS.

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Women who suffer with PCOS have numerous cysts on their ovaries that cause excess male hormones to be excreted in to the woman's system. These hormones effect fertility, menstrual regularity, weight gain, mood,  cause excess hair growth, and can cause severe amounts of pain. PCOS is not curable, but rather "managed" with the use of birth control pills, fertility medicines, and pain medicines.

I was diagnosed 3 years ago when I went to the doctor with severe abdominal pain. They gave me a CT scan and couldn't find anything wrong, so then they gave me an ultrasound and discovered the cysts. I was then put on a 3 month trial of 3 different kinds of birth control, but each one made me nauseous, moody, breakout, and bleed excessively. I have not been on the pill since. I have being diagnosed with depression and I have such severe anxiety that I can't even drive a car; both anxiety and depression are common in someone with PCOS.

2 years after my diagnosis, I was in even more pain than before, so I went back for a second ultrasound where they discovered the cysts were all much bigger. They showed me my ultrasound and each ovary looked like a leopard! (That is the best way I can put it) They put me on pain medicine (just 500mg Naproxen). The doctor offered it to me, so I took it and then she laughed about it with the receptionist. Needless to say, I have not been back there since. Since then, I have just been struggling and dealing with the pain (I am having major amounts as I am writing this post) and hoping to find a better doctor soon.

Feel free to comment on this post or send me an e-mail at op.milso@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to talk. I am here to help!

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