Okay, so it does not seem very difficult to talk about a medical condition that hits many women of the reproductive age. If you are reading this chances are high that you are suffering from PCOS yourself. Do i have some good news? Not really. But its great to share. In the next few posts i will talk about PCOS, living with PCOS and how life can take you places when you are suffering from a chronic illness.
PCOS or PCOD is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease. The name says it all. A woman suffering from PCOS has multiple small follicles in her ovaries, arranged like a pearl necklace. These small cysts are often fluid filled sacs or immature follicles that could not develop properly in the ovaries. Why don’t the follicles mature? Do PCOS women produce more follicles? Is the term ‘Super Fertile’ a reality? My research is on and we will talk about this in subsequent posts.
PCOS is often accompanied by Thyroid disorders. Most of the women with PCOS are overweight/obese and suffer from Hypothyroidism as well. a few other conditions that accompany PCOS are:
1. Sudden weight gain.
2. Inability to loose weight despite following several diets and exercise routines.
3. Cushing’s Syndrome.
4. Hirsutism (male pattern hair growth on face, back etc.)
5. Male pattern hair loss
6. Androgen excess
7. Whole body/facial acne and oily skin.
8. Mood swings.
9. Menstrual irregularities.
10. Heavy/Irregular vaginal bleeding.
12. Sleep apnea.
13. Insulin resistance.
You may or may not have all these symptoms apart from having a copy of your vaginal ultrasound that suggests PCOS.
Life with PCOS is rather difficult. You might even feel depressed and develop certain other psychological conditions that will further downgrade your health. The point is PCOS is a chronic illness and cannot be treated with a miracle drug.
The whole point of writing this post is to provide some well researched information to people who suspect PCOS or who want to know more about it and more importantly to share real life dilemmas and stressful situations with women who are suffering from the same condition.
This post is a call to all women in the blogosphere. Lets come together and share. In the next few posts, i will discuss each and every symptom in details and how their co-existence runs havoc in the female body, how doctors sometimes become headaches and why we stop feeling like ‘us’ apart from sharing my personal experiences with PCOS and my journey through the past one year since diagnosis.
Stay updated. Stay blessed.