I got married at the (grand old ) age of 31…but I had never, EVER, heard of the acronym PCOS in my entire life prior to that time. Never!! It was so alien to me. I remember the night before my traditional wedding, one of my old friends stopped by my house for a chit chat. Our discussion got quite emotional when she told me she had just been diagnosed with a hormonal disorder, and she basically wasn’t ovulating. I had to suppress how horrified I was, in order to console her properly. But in my mind, I was like WHAAAAT??!! Thank God it wasn’t me. Little did I know that it kinda was.
It was some months down the line, that I got to know more about Lady PCOS…the grand dame called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome!!! And for the longest time after I knew what it was, I was in denial. Yes, I had put on some weight, but I wasn’t THAT fat! And you could set your clock by my periods…that’s how regular they were. I did have some other physical traits, but even that was not enough to convince me I had the disorder. It wasn’t until I had a serious overstimulation case after a clomid (plus injectables) treatment that I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries.
The numbers are staggering. 30% of women have PCOS symptoms. And it is not limited to women of reproductive age. 60% of women with PCOS suffer from weight management issues, leading to obesity even if your calorific intake is within normal range. Energy in the form of glucose is stored as fat, instead of being utilized by the body, ensuing in chronic fatigue and even undernourishment. It is, however, important to note that 40% of women with PCOS are of normal, or even under normal, weight range.
So… if you’re still wondering whether or not you have it, let’s [kleo_button title=”Take the PCOS test” href=”http://thefertilechickonline.com/the-pcos-test/” target=”_self” style=”default” size=”sm” tooltip_position=”left” tooltip_action=”hover”].