I live with a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which affects 1 in 10 women. The video above beautifully summarizes what it’s like to live with this condition. In addition to the symptoms listed in the video, women with PCOS can also suffer from insulin resistance (pre-diabetes), have hormones that are severely disrupted and completely out of whack, suffer from acne, hair loss, fatigue, and irregular menstrual cycles. In a nutshell, my mom told me that the way that I describe to her how I feel is what it feels like to be pregnant, except that I feel that way pretty much 24/7. Some days are better than others.
The only reason I found out that I had PCOS was thanks to a newspaper article published in the Washington Post many years ago, when I was in my early 20s, that my mom happened to read. I was struggling to find out what was “wrong” with me, to figure out why my body was not cooperating with me, why I could never feel normal. After a series of tests at the doctor’s office, they confirmed that I had PCOS. It is not an easy condition to diagnose, because the range of symptoms varies so widely between one woman to another. Finally, I thought I’d find the relief I was seeking. *Wrong.* Doctors immediately brushed me off, put me on medicine, and sent me on my way, telling me to eat less and to exercise more. I felt like screaming at them. I had already been doing everything in my power to gain control of my body. So I did the only thing I knew how to do. I turned to the internet for answers.
I’ve spent countless hours on the internet researching PCOS, meeting other women that have it, reading about their triumphs and failures, trying to figure out how I can best control it. It is a condition that I struggle with on a daily basis, but it was nice to be able to go online and see that I was not alone in my struggles, that I wasn’t crazy, that other women were experiencing the exact same things that I was experiencing.
After many years of what feels like being a failure in controlling my symptoms, I have turned to taking natural supplements designed specifically for PCOS to help me. If it weren’t for the internet, I never would have discovered these supplements at pcos.insulitelabs.com
I am now working with a nutritionist to help get my body back into natural balance and harmony. Finally, I have met someone who understands what my body is going through and have discovered that I am malnourished, despite my attempts to eat as natural a diet as possible, and that I more than likely have a dairy allergy, amongst other things. Thanks to the internet, I know that I am not alone, and have even considered starting my own blog to help other women treat their PCOS and to help raise awareness about a condition that many women may not even realize that they have.
I am thankful to have been blessed with the opportunity to have found out that I have this condition, while so many other women suffer without knowing what they have, even being mis-diagnosed by doctors, who then send them on their way without even so much as a proper diagnosis. As a result, I am very mistrustful of doctors, and approach my condition in a much more holistic, natural way. I am thankful that there are ways to treat my symptoms naturally and I hope to help women know that PCOS CAN be controlled, if you work with your body instead of against it. I don’t see the way that I have to eat as being restrictive. Instead, I am seeing it as a blessing, because by eating whole, natural foods, I am healing myself, inside and out.