How to fight Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) after I gave birth to my daughter last 2017. I was actually denial because I just gave birth to a child and one of the most common symptom is infertility.

I accidentally found out that I have PCOS when I had my monthly period and then after 10 days I’m having it again so I consulted an OB-Gyn.

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

PCOS is actually a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS have irregular menstrual periods, excessive androgen (male hormones) which makes a women with PCOS to be hairy most especially in legs and facial hair.

Symptoms

Irregular periods – Infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles

Excess androgen – Excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), and occasionally severe acne and male-pattern baldness.

Polycystic ovaries – We usually have one big follicle per ovary, with PCOS you may have smaller and many follicles in the ovaries.

Complications of PCOS

Sleep Disorder

Anger

Feeling Unheard

Feeling Alone

Mood Swings

Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure

Miscarriage or premature birth

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

Metabolic Syndrome

Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes

Sleep Apnea

Depression, anxiety

Endometrial Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Obesity

Hirsutism

Oily Skin

Disordered Eating

Bloated

Painful Cycle

Acne

Abnormal Bleeding

Dry Eyes

Headache

Weight Gain

Hair loss

Infertility

How can we manage PCOS?

There is no cure for PCOS other than balance diet and exercise. In the past 4 years I’ve visited my OB for regular check up. She would always prescribe me medicine that was actually pricey but nothing happen. Some of my prescribe medicines were vitamin C, glutathione, pills, antibiotics etc.

I have to maintain all of that to keep my PCOS modulated. My husband and I also tried to have baby number two last year so I stop talking all of those medicine. But we are having a hard time to be pregnant because one of the complications of PCOS is infertility.

When quarantine started this year my husband would always nagged me to do 10-30 minutes of workout. I started last April, both exercise and diet and I feel so blessed that this month we found out that we are pregnant for our second baby.

I battled with PCOS for the last 4 years and in just 2 months of strict diet and exercise we got what we prayed for. Though I think its not a perfect timing to have baby during pandemic but I guess God only knows what is the perfect time to blessed you.

Written by: Mariden Pelayo

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