Living with PCOS
"I was diagnosed with PCOS in my late 20s when I went to my OBGYN after missing a couple of periods. Honestly. I thought I was (thankfully) pregnant as I have been trying for some time.
The doctor ran some hormonal tests, asked about my menstrual history, did a transvaginal ultrasound, and to my disappointment, told me that I have PCOS.
When I got to know that I have PCOS. I thought to myself - Okay.. but now what? Frankly, I didn’t even know what PCOS meant and what could it do to the body and what is the treatment for PCOS? I really wanted to have kids and was completely unaware of the challenges PCOS brought with it.
I instantly bombarded my OBGYN with all the questions and she explained what PCOS means and assured me that it is possible to get pregnant with PCOS. All I needed to do was make some healthy lifestyle choices. She even told me that most women have PCOS but it goes unnoticed and it is not actually a huge road blocker.
Shocked and confused, I went back home and started doing my research! I came to know that PCOS is very common. The symptoms of PCOS can vary from person to person, but what happens with PCOS is that you can have small cysts over your ovaries. It can impact women’s health in ways you cannot predict but some of the common symptoms of PCOS include excessive hair growth, irregular periods, acne, weight management and so on.
After reading more about the signs and symptoms of PCOS, I realized that I have been experiencing PCOS symptoms like hair loss and weight gain for quite some time now. Looking back at all this time now makes me regret not paying enough attention to these small things and missing out on opportunities for an earlier diagnosis. This was all because of my lack of awareness about PCOS.
Another interesting thing about PCOS is that it doesn’t matter whether you are trying to conceive or not, managing PCOS is an ongoing battle and it affects your daily life! While on one hand, irregular cycles can lead to frustration, weight gain and excessive hair can even take a blow at your self-confidence.
The good news is that you can manage it easily with the support and suggestions of your doctor.
Now, it has been nearly 5-7 years since I got detected with PCOS and I now even have a 2-year daughter. You can take my experience and inform other women as well. All I did was follow a simple and fulfilling diet plan, do some exercise to lose a little weight.
You can count on andMe’s PCOS Drink to meet your nutritional needs as they are made up of all the right ingredients that help regulate periods, maintain hormonal balance and even weight. PCOD tea is made up of healthy ingredients that are good for your body.
Now that I understand my symptoms better, it has become easier to manage it. It is important for women’s health and impacts women’s health care in numerous ways! "