My PCOS Story – Maria

At age 12/13, I had irregular menstrual cycles, abnormal hair loss/hair growth, mood swings, fatigue and extreme pain in my lower abdomen. These symptoms took over my life so much that I was taken to an endocrinologist to find out what exactly was wrong with me….

That’s when I was diagnosed with PCOS.

Imagine being 13 years old and being told you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. What? How does someone that age even begin to understand what it means. I did lots of blood tests, had an ultrasound, and took many trips to the doctor. I was automatically prescribed birth control, and told that I would probably never have a baby and that I should probably lose weight.

There was no one there to explain all the details. I was a confused kid that had so many questions and no answers. Because of this, I’ve spent the majority of my adult life learning as much as I can about PCOS and how it can be treated.

Did you know that some of the main symptoms of PCOS are fatigue, mood changes, and weight gain?

34% of women with PCOS have depression and 45% have anxiety?

Between 50-70% of women with PCOS are Insulin Resistant.

PCOS can lead to obesity, infertility, hypertension, sleep apnea and SO much more.

How can we begin to make more woman aware of this disease if we’re too embarrassed to talk about it? 1 in 10 women have PCOS. A few of your friends could have it. For something to be so common more people should be speaking about it. It’s not something to hide. I think it’s important to talk about. I think it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Every time I meet someone new that has PCOS I get overly excited because I spent the majority of my life thinking I was the only person. I hear so many stories about women that are afraid to build relationships because they feel unworthy. There are so many stories about woman not allowing themselves to be happy because the disease has taken over their entire life. 

It’s so very important to remember that PCOS does not define you. I am not PCOS. I have PCOS…and I will never let it ruin my life. I don’t allow myself to be sad about it. I don’t focus on the negative possibilities. Do I struggle some days? Of course! I think we all have things that we struggle with, & this is mine. But I am also a wife, a daughter, a dog mom, a friend, a blogger and many other things, but I am not PCOS. 

It’s possible to get pregnant. It’s possible to lose weight. It’s possible to follow your goals. It’s 100 percent possible to live your life, you’ve just got to let yourself live.

– Maria Odugba, asap.yogi

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