What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome and is a very common disorder among women. Basically, there is a range of what could happen including enlarged ovaries, acne, hair growth, unreliable periods and weight gain issues. If not taken care of, heart disease and type 2 diabetes is a high risk. Also, it can cause complications when it comes to getting pregnant and giving birth. In short, it sucks.

How did I get diagnosed? 

It was mentioned to me by my first gynecologist a few years ago but he dismissed it after my blood work said I didn't have it. I continued to struggle with acne, weight and off-the-wall menstrual cycles so I pressed the issue when I changed my gynecologist earlier this year. She ran some tests, listened to my complaints and put it all together. She said the blood work alone was proof enough that I have it, but coupled with my acne, weight struggles and random unwanted hair growth, it was obvious that I had it. I was relieved and yet frustrated at the same time. 

How do I live with it? 

I'm currently trying to regulate my hormones with birth control. This is month two of the test-trial of a new birth control. I eat relatively healthy and suck up the annoying parts like having to work out a bit extra to not feel like a whale (note: I'm not body shaming any person, it is how I feel). I will probably be placed on another medication to help block male hormones which are pretty much the reason I break out so much. I pretty much just live and will know more about what I might need to change when I go back to my doctor in a couple of weeks.