I was a late bloomer. Didn't "become a woman" (as they say) until I was seventeen. SEVENTEEN! I thought there was something wrong with me, and it took me almost ten years to finally find a solution.
I first went to see a gynecologist because I thought I had something called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I had a lot of the symptoms: irregular periods, hormonal imbalances, acne, hair under my belly button (lovely, right?). Everything seemed to add up. My doctor, however, shrugged it off.
"Not likely," she said, "PCOS usually affects overweight women."
End of story! Okay, I didn't have it. So what was wrong?
As I've mentioned in other posts, I've dealt with anxiety for a long time--and it seems to have gotten worse during that "woman time." Same with my acne, I'd get nauseous, my trichotillomania would get worse, I'd get super emotional, etc. etc. These were things I just figured I'd have to stick it out and deal with--every woman has PMS after all.
It wasn't until last month where my mom suggested I see an endocrinologist--a doctor that specializes in the hormonal system. Seemed promising! I made an appointment, got my blood tested, and yesterday I got my results.
I have a mild form of PCOS.
What I had thought three years ago was finally validated.
I became emotional. Not only because I felt angry; angry that I knew I had this and could've been treating it the last three years. I was emotional because my endo gave me a list of natural supplements that I need to take--all of them help with everything that ails me.
It was like she handed me a magic powder. The powder? Inositol. Treats anxiety, depression, acne, OCD (trich) and PCOS. All I do is mix it with water and drink it twice a day.
I'm on day three of taking these supplements and I'm excited to see if they help me.
Think you have PCOS? Check out these common symptoms:
- Ovarian cysts (some women won't get them)
- Weight gain
- Unwanted hair growth
- Mood changes
- Pelvic Pain
- Sleep Problems
What may seem like run-of-the-mill PMS could actually be PCOS. Try seeing an endocrinologist and get your levels tested, it might make a huge difference!