Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SO I thought I would share this with everyone because when bad things happen in our lives we usually feel alone. I am hoping that if anyone else has this that they know that others are going through it as well.

Where do I start with this?…. well, I am not sure when I actually got Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. But growing up as a teenager I used to get very painful menstrual cramps. To the point where I couldn’t get out of bed. I also never had a set schedule of when my body would actually give me a period. I could get it every month, every 3 months… but when it came it did come normal for the full 6-7 days. My mom always said that the pain was normal and that all girls go through that, so get my ass out of bed and go to school. I would take 4 extra strength advils, then 1 hr later do it again. That helped a lot. All the doctors prescription meds never helped. I have been given muscle relaxers, pain killers… As I became older the pain actually got a lot better.

I went on the birth control pill at age 20 to help regulate my periods and help with the cramps. At age 26 I wanted to enter in my first fitness show so I went off the pill because I thought it was going to make me hold on to the body fat. I didn’t get my period for over a year and a half, my doctor sent me to every specialist. I had my blood tested, ultra sound. They didn’t find anything. So my doctor just said that it could have been because I went off the pill, or that my body fat levels were low.

It had been 5 years now since that. I have been dealing with a lot of hormonal issues since then. I period has never been on schedule. I guess I have just thought it was the exercising, or low body fat levels, or it was just my body and the way it ran. I have been to a endocrinologist a couple times over the last few years. I just found a great one that I saw 2 months ago. She said that she wanted me to go on HRT. All my hormonal levels were below the chart. She wanted me to go back on the pill. As much as girls are scared of estrogen, it is sooo important for our bodies. If estrogen is low then we are prone to low bone density. Which I have. I found that out a few years ago when I went for all that testing. I admit yes I am scared of gaining weight going back on the pill, but I know it is better for me in the long run.

Now after meeting with the endocrinologist it was time for my physical with my family doctor. During the pap she told me that she felt something and she wanted me to get a ultra sound done. I went the next week and then I just saw my dr last Monday to get the results. Turns out I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. There are a lot of different symptoms that someone can get. I didn’t have too many of them, but the irregular periods were a red flag.

I spoke to my sister last night and found out she has this as well. She unfortunately has the diabetes associated with it. 50% of girls with this disorder will get diabetes. I really hope I don’t, that is so scary. She has also had many other complications. However, she was very lucky to have 2 amazing children.

My doctor also said that I am very lucky to have a healthy fitness lifestyle and that is probably why I haven’t run into a lot of the issues. I do store my fat around my ads which is so annoying 🙂 But I am very lean. I eat VERY strict. I don’t like to be heavy, so I eat to maintain my leanness and workout to gain the muscle and physique I desire. Now most girls that have this disorder have higher testosterone which leads to issues because they are not balanced and their estrogen and especially progesterone are low. I don’t have high testosterone. I actually have very low levels. I am being sent to a gynecologist specialist who is going to explain this situation more and probably monitor me over time.

Here is more information that I have copied from this website:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/polycystic-ovary-syndrome.cfm

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have:

* high levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them.
* missed or irregular periods
* many small cysts (sists) in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.