My PCOS Journey – Diagnosis

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Some diseases have a life changing impact on your life and you would never be the same again!

Girl, have you ever wished to get your periods delayed, or maybe to not have it at all. You are exhausted from the constant mood swings, excruciating period cramps, the thought of having a period stain in a public place or you are tired from changing your pads in between classes or during your office hours. I hear you sister. And truth be told, I wished for the same many times even during my adult life. I always envied girls who got their periods once in like 3 months or 6 months. I thought they were the blessed ones. As if the grass was always greener on the other side. Little did I know the troubles they went through. That was until I got diagnosed with PCOS.

Little bit of backstory. I was always a chubby girl. I was 80 kg at the age of 13 years, a few months after my first period. Since then, until a year ago, my weight remained the same and my periods were regular. So what happened in 2021? I saw a slow increase in my weight, and over the year and it was not going down no matter how hard I tried. I exercised 4 to 5 times a week, ate nutritious meals, controlled my binges even during my periods, still  my weight won’t go down. Instead it kept increasing and eventually I reached 90 kg. 

All of us know that the first symptom of PCOD is irregular periods, but I had regular periods up until the start of January 2022. Then how was I diagnosed? Well, since I was gaining weight despite all my efforts, I decided to enroll under a trainer. After hearing my struggles and my not so obvious symptoms, it was he who suggested that I get an ultrasound. And Voila! I got diagnosed with PCOS. Even though it was a huge relief for me to understand why my body is acting so weirdly, it took a toll on my mental health. Eventually, I came into terms with my condition and was determined to reverse it through lifestyle and dietary changes and avoiding going into medication.

What are PCOD and PCOS? Are they the same? If not, how are they different?

PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) is a condition in which the woman’s ovaries produce immature or partially mature eggs in large numbers and over the time these become cysts in ovaries. Even though the exact reason for Pcod is unknown, a lot of factors can contribute to the manifestation of the disease. This includes genetics, Higher levels of male hormones called androgens that prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation), which causes irregular menstrual cycles, sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, obesity and so on. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a metabolic disorder that affects more parts of the body. PCOS happens when PCOD goes unnoticed and untreated. This is much more severe than PCOD and if left untreated can cause life threatening diseases. 

The bad news is that you cannot completely cure or reverse your Pcod/Pcos and can only manage the condition. A healthy diet and active life are two major factors that can control the symptoms and manage the hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS/PCOD. 

How did I manage my PCOS? Well, that will be in my next blog!  

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