Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an incurable condition that affects how women’s ovaries work.
PCOS is something that isn’t talked about enough and with one in five woman being thought to have the condition, Nature’s Best are on a mission to get the word out there.
To put it simply, having PCOS means that your ovaries are covered with lots of cysts (under developed sacs where eggs develop). These sacs are usually unable to release the eggs, meaning that ovulation doesn’t take place.
Symptoms are most likely to begin in the late teens/early twenties and can include irregular periods, excessive hair growth, oily skin, and weight gain.
My symptoms first began at about 15 years old. I was-and still am to this day- experiencing sporadic periods. They would either be non-existent or when they did arrive, I would be bleeding for weeks on end.
Another one was excessive hair growth. Throughout my time at secondary school, I was bullied for having a “moustache” and with my hair being naturally dark, any excessive hair growth I did have due to the increase in male hormones was going to be more obvious.
I visited my GP who suspected PCOS and was then sent for an ultrasound which confirmed that I did in fact have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
It was explained that one of the best things to lessen symptoms is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, cutting out processed foods and focusing on lots of vegetables, protein and complex carbohydrates…although it doesn’t mean I deprive myself of a Chinese takeaway or a glass (bottle) of wine every so often, I just make more of an effort to eat wiser.
As PCOS can also affect my mood, taking part in regular exercise is something I really enjoy and helps my mental health. As a poor student (lol) I can’t afford the gym anymore, but one of my favourite things to do is go on a long walk, especially at this time of year. When the weather is bad, Blogilates and Tone it Up on YouTube are my favourite things.
In terms of fertility issues, I’m trying not to worry about that too much at the minute as I’m not at the time in my life when I’m thinking about having children. However, when the time does come, I’m prepared knowing it might be more difficult for me to get pregnant.
If you also suffer from PCOS, or any of the symptoms mentioned here or on Nature’s Best website, make an appointment to see your GP.
One of the best things I have done for myself and would advise everyone to do is do your research and read up on the condition. Stay informed and listen to your body.