Yep, that’s right! After 2 months of throwing myself into a healthy “fitness fanatic” lifestyle, I’m still pretty clueless! But I think that’s ok, you can’t be expected to get it right all the time….right?
Let’s go back 2 months to the day I was diagnosed. It was the day before I went on a girly holiday to Lanzarote and it was bloody boiling! I had known for some time (16 months to be exact) that there was something wrong. I mean, no one goes without a period for 16 months and thinks everything’s fine! I made a conscious decision to get a doctor appointment and from then came blood tests and finally a gynaecologist appointment. So there I was, shitting myself and the only think I could think of was “oh my god, I have the hairiest legs ever”. I was called in to the consultation room and asked questions about my periods in the past, past blood tests, family history, any excess hair growth and past pelvic scans. I was asked to come into a side room where I was to undress from the waist down and lie on the bed for internal and external scans and still, all I could think of was “shit, he’s going to see my gorilla legs”. After apologising for the leg situation, he scanned me and showed me my ovaries and womb which was actually pretty gross (I’m not into all of that) and the verdict was, I have no cysts. Good news? Sadly not. I got myself dressed and came back into the consultation room where the gynaecologist explained to me I have PCOS, even though I haven’t got the cysts. I have excess male hormones, caused by insulin resistance and this causes the excess hair growth and not being able to ovulate (missed periods). My first question was to ask about fertility…could I have children? Will I have a natural period again? What happens if my periods never come back? I was told the chance of me getting pregnant naturally are small as my body doesn’t ovulate…and of course no ovulation = no egg! When me and my boyfriend are ready to have children, I can try Clomid, a fertility drug that over stimulates the ovaries. I was told to take up a low GI (glycemic index) diet and to start gentle exercise to help control my insulin levels, help me lose weight and in turn, it may increase the amount of periods I will have through the year. I was given a 6 month Metformin prescription and a 10 day Norethisterone prescription to force my body into a period for a “clear out” and I have my next gynaecologist appointment in October.
And now 2 months in to a low GI diet and regular exercising 6 days a week, I have lost 1 stone and 3lbs. Unfortunately having PCOS makes weight loss twice as difficult due to the insulin resistance but every little seems to be helping. I’m still trying to find my way through the new lifestyle and figure out what’s best for me food wise and sometimes I really do feel like I have no bloody idea what I’m doing! But it’s ok and if your going through the same thing or even years into your diagnosis, believe me, you’re doing great!
Please feel free to comment your experiences, I’d love to hear from you!