Warning: This post is very wordy, apparently we have a lot to say about PCOS!
In the past week I have had numerous friends vent their frustrations about PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome. In a society that is so focused on feminine beauty, it can be hard to live with a hormonal imbalance that makes women feel less womanly! I thought I was losing my mind when I saw facial hair on my face. My periods were all over the place. I was either late or bleeding for months at a time. I was tired all the time and irritable. Furthermore, I was always hungry. Every meal felt like a food craving meal. You know the ones. Where you’re on your period and all you want to do is eat that peanut butter fudge brownie sundae with a side of fried chicken and ranch.
The thing is, PCOS is actually pretty common. It affects like one in ten women and I think 50% of women go un-diagnosed. You can read more about it here. I just wanted to open up a dialogue about PCOS because I know what it feels like to feel totally alone with something so common. It’s taken me about a year to really understand how to be kind to my body and how to be patient with myself. At first I felt defeated and totally overwhelmed. I want this blog to be a safe place for open discussion on PCOS. My best friend in the whole wide world also has PCOS, so I decided to include her in the conversation. Rapunzel* has had PCOS since she was 15 and she has had a long road with it. She’s lost over 50 pounds and learned what works for her and her body. Every body is different, but it is worth it to learn what works best for you.
I wanted to make this chat stand out in a different way, so I decided to make it look like an AIM log from 2002. I hope you get something out of it! QTgirl5683 was my first screen name, so of course I had to it’s the one I used for the chat.
*Rapunzel is not her real name but she wishes to remain anonymous on my blog. ‘
I know PCOS can seem like a lot, but if you take the time to do your research and look after yourself, it can be manageable. Just know that you’re not alone and if you ever want to talk or vent, I’m here to listen and help!