If you didn’t know, PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. I always felt like I had PCOS but never got myself checked until February of 2020 when I decided it was time to finally go in, get some blood work done and finally figure out what was going on with my body, why I was having such a hard time losing weight and getting pregnant. As I figured, my doctor confirmed that I did have PCOS, which was a relief because I finally knew what was going on with my body but was also so sad about it too because really there’s no cure for PCOS. All doctors really tell you is “lose weight and everything will be fine.” But it is not easy to lose weight if you also have PCOS and know what a struggle that is.
Today I wanted to go over some of the symptoms that I deal with having PCOS:
- Irregular periods. I only got my periods normally when I was on the bird control pills. After I got off a few years ago, I didn’t get my period for over a year, then slowly started getting them. Now I get them anywhere from 21 days to 125 days, it all varies. As of today, I haven’t had a period in 78 days, which sucks.
- Facial chair – ugh the fact that I have to check my chin every single day for hair. I need to make sure I use my facial razor or a tweezer to pluck all the hair before I start my day.
- Weight gain – it is so easy to gain weight with PCOS, especially when I don’t get my period. Right now I feel so disgustedly heavy and bloated. When I do finally get my period, I notice I go down about 5 pounds or so and feel so much less bloated. But then again, that 5 pounds I go down, comes back to 8 to 10 pounds more when I skip again. It’s annoying honestly.
- Losing weight well lack of losing weight – it’s not impossible to lose weight with PCOS but it makes it 10 times more harder for us to lose weight than a person who does not have PCOS.
- Thinning of hair – I lose a lot of hair sadly.
- Infertility – my husband and I have been trying for a few years now with no luck.
- Skin tags – this is from insulin resistance which with PCOS you’re more likely to have and the skin tags just keep pilling on.
- Dark skin patches on the neck, underarm, knees, and under the breasts.
- Fatigue – 80% of the time, I am tired.
- Sleep issues – with being so tired all the time, you would think it’ll be so easy to fall asleep and stay asleep. Nope, I can be exhausted but can’t sleep till after midnight or so some days. I’ll wake up a few times a night randomly, even with sleeping in, I’ll still wake up so tired.
- Mood swings and irritability – boy these suck. I feel bad for my husband honestly, the shit he has to deal with.
- Anxiety – I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder I want to say over 15 to 20 years ago. But I feel like the worse my PCOS gets, the worse my anxiety gets. Sometimes I’ll lay in bed ready to fall asleep and an anxiety will hit me so hard and keep me awake for hours.
- Period pain – when I do finally get my period – the pain is so bad!! And the period symptoms I feel like get worse and worse each time.
That is all I can think of right now as far as my PCOS symptoms – not fun right? If you are dealing with PCOS, I would love to know what other symptoms you are dealing with.