A little bit of a different blog post today…
Let’s talk PCOS!
PCOS stands for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.
And all of those symptoms you see above.. I pretty much experience ALL of them.. fun.. I know.
So, in addition to sharing my life and experiences as an American expat living in France.. I’ve recently decided to share my PCOS story on my youtube channel where I’ve began to share my experiences after being diagnosed at 19 and up until my current situation which is trying to conceive and start a family with my husband.
Sharing my story with PCOS has been on my mind for quite some time and its only now… at age 27 that I’ve finally worked up the courage to share my story.
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how I should do it or what exactly I should say in these videos so if I come off a little nervous, jittery and just talking a whole lot.. that’s why.. ha.
Within the last few years I’ve found myself really relying on blogs, message boards and youtube to help me in a variety of situations from expat related things to infertility and PCOS so it only felt right to share my story in hopes of helping other people who can relate as well.
PCOS Diary #1 I explain how exactly I found out/what I was doing at the time and how it happened. Let me tell you.. it was probably the worst timing of my life considering that I was dancing for the NBA at the time and experiencing all of the worst symptoms from weight gain, acne, depression, confusion, and so much more.
If your interested in knowing more about my story and how I was diagnosed here is the link for the video: PCOS Diary #1: Finding out I had PCOS while dancing for the NBA
PCOS Diary #2: I dive a little deeper into the weight issue that most of us girls with PCOS find ourselves dealing with.. and while it is a sensitive and a very particular subject when it comes to all of our different body types, I believe that tips and tricks to battling this weight thing can always be helpful to share regardless of everyone’s specifics.
While I still struggle with PCOS symptoms everyday from bloating to weight gain and inflammation.. In this video I’m mostly talking about the time period where I gained about 30lbs in about 3 months and how I got it off and still keep it off today.
If your interested in knowing more about how I lost weight with PCOS and how I still keep it off today here is the link for the video: PCOS Diary #2: How I lost weight/maintain my weight with PCOS
Last but not least, and my most current PCOS video..
PCOS Diary #3
Right around the time I got married and moved to France which was in March 2017 my husband and I decided to dive straight into understanding what is, was and has been going on with my body a little more knowing that creating a family was in our hearts for the future.
After seeing a number of gynecologists in the US since age 19, trying different birth controls, diets and literally everything and nothing.. at 25 years old I was still having irregular periods and many other symptoms as well. After doing some research I decided seeing a endocrinologist might be something beneficial to me considering that most of us girls with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance.
After seeing the endocrinologist, I found out I had an extremely high testosterone level and about 25 cysts in each ovary. I immediately went on a 9 month treatment with a few different medications.. Metformin, Provames, and Andocur in hopes of getting my hormones balanced and the cysts gone for good..
In this video I elaborate more about my experience on these medications and how it all turned out after the 9 months of the treatment.
If your interested in knowing more about my experience with the treatment- cysts and more here is the link for the video: PCOS Diary #3: How I get rid of my cysts/Medications I’ve tried
As I’ve said in pretty much every video so far my hope is to connect with women like me by sharing our stories and helping each other out. It is becoming more and more clear that there are so many women out there battling the same things with such a little amount of help, and information and on top of that no one else who can relate.
From this moment on I’ll be sharing my experience with PCOS as my husband and I try to start a family- I’m not sure what this experience will bring or what to expect even but I’m hopeful that sharing this experience will help someone in my situation or create a safe place where we can talk to each other about it and bring light to these subjects.
Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me a message if you have any questions.
As always, Thanks for reading!