So I have pcos which is weird because I have only come across one other person who has it although I’m sure there are many others out there. A sure sign of pcos is irregular periods. During a routine annual checkup, I went through the motions of being bombarded with questions such as when did you have your last period, (maybe add another question) etc. My periods come when they want to therefore my answer was a few months ago.
Even though I told the doctor I’m not pregnant, I had to pee in a cup and next comes the blood work. Several days later I was told you have pcos, ok so what does that mean. It sounded alarming but through research it didn’t seem so bad. However, as the years have progressed it’s been on my mind.
So pcos is a hormonal imbalance found in females where typically your body will produce more male hormones than female. This can cause weight gain, excessive hair growth on your face and body, irregular periods, infertility, diabetes and heart disease.
The first symptom for me was irregular periods. I did not think much of it at the time. I was happy to not have a period every month. When I went to the gynecologist for my annual I explained my periods were irregular and I guess that was a red flag to take some blood work. There it was, the explanation behind my irregular periods.
Initially it didn’t phase me much, however, as I have gotten older it’s a gotten more worrisome. While I am not diabetic nor do I have heart disease, the excessive hair growth is definitely an issue, along with weight gain and infertility lingering on my mind the past couple of years.
To combat pcos, I’ve started doing small things to control the side effects. I have decided to begin laser hair removal under my chin so I will keep everyone updated on the progression of that. As far as the weight gain, I am in the process of trying to lose weight by being more active. Hiking, eating habits, taking the stairs as opposed the elevator and even parking further in the parking lot. I am by no means a slacker however I think because of pcos it makes it difficult for me to lose weight not to mention my job is primarily sedentary.
Lastly in regards to fertility I have spoken with my gynecologist and while I was told everything looks good and I really won’t know until I try to become pregnant it still bothers me.
I urge everyone to get at least one sonogram a year on your uterus just to make sure everything looks normal. As black women, we are at high risk for fibroid tumors and cyst, and these things can make fertility a difficult task as well. Knowledge is power.