The reality of living with PCOS

In case you read the title of this post and thought to yourself, what in the hell is PCOS, please don’t worry. It isn’t exactly the most common term, although, unfortunately, it is gaining popularity in the sense that this condition is affecting more and more women.

PCOS is an acronym for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Simply put, it is a condition in which a woman has a decent number of cysts on her ovaries, and it can cause a whole ass slew of issues for people who suffer from it. Women diagnosed with PCOS may be unable to ovulate, which means fertility issues; possess elevated levels of androgens; experience wonky periods; encounter a surplus of hair growth, often on the lower half of the fact; struggle with acne; are unable to maintain a ‘healthy’ weight.

That’s the cliff notes version for ya.

I was diagnosed with PCOS roughly two years ago now, and my sister was diagnosed many years ago. I know quite a few women who have been diagnosed as well, and because this bastard condition is sadly gaining momentum in regards to how many women it is affecting, I thought I would offer a realistic perspective of how it is dealing with this condition on a daily basis.

It is important to note that the severity of PCOS ranges from woman to woman. I have a milder version of it, whereas my sister has a severe version of it. My sister was hospitalized because of it for almost a week to give you an indication of how serious it can be.

My personal PCOS symptoms include:

  • Painful and irregular menstrual cycles
  • Rather intense pain when a cyst ruptures
  • Facial hair
  • Acne

I probably have a cyst rupture once a month or so, and let me tell you that this shit ain’t no joke. I woke up a couple of days ago and was almost unable to walk because a cyst had ruptured – each movement I made felt as though someone was stabbing my ovaries with a knife, and that is not an exaggeration. Thankfully, the pain has subsided, but my relief only lasts until another cyst ruptures.

PCOS blows, and I feel as though a tremendous amount of advocacy and information still needs to be spread pertaining to the topic because of how many women are affected by it. Oh, by the way, there’s no cure.

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