PCOS also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a condition in which it affects hormones and how a females ovaries function.
As with most chronic conditions there is not necessarily a cure but different ways in which to manage and treat symptoms. Symptoms will vary from person to person as will the effectiveness of treatment.
Symptoms can include:
- Oily skin
- Weight gain
- Irregular periods or no periods
- Excessive hair growth
- Difficulty getting pregnant
My experience of PCOS
I was diagnosed with PCOS approximately a year ago after experiencing changes in my periods alongside weight gain, skin problems and hair growth. I am on what would be considered the mild side of the PCOS scale because although my periods have changed I am still getting them which for a lot of women with PCOS is not the case.
I have been working hard over the last year to get my weight down after I had gained a significant amount of weight, and I am now back at a healthy weight for my height, with my BMI in the normal range.
Although physically my PCOS is mild, I have found the mental side of the condition the most difficult with worries for my future fertility and where it may lead.