First, can we talk about how incredible my therapist is? Last week she texted, saying she had a vivid dream that I was curled up in a puddle in the middle of a thunderstorm. She said God is aware of the anxiety/fear I am experiencing, and told me to “Take a min shut your eyes and see the amazing battle God is winning for you and everyone that seeks His face.”
Second, let’s talk about my appointment with the OBGYN. I had an ultrasound and bloodwork done because of “lady” issues (OK CALM DOWN I won’t go further). Turns out I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which is a hormone disorder that causes swollen ovaries and multiple ovarian cysts (and by multiple I mean 20-something aka how is there room for that many follicular cysts in my body). It’s kind of common, in that 5-10% women in America have it, and kind of rare, in that doctor’s don’t completely understand it and generally try to treat it with synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones and birth control are a last-resort option for me.
Serious aspects of PCOS: It’s the most common cause of female infertility and highly related to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and heart attacks. Symptoms include fatigue (check!), irregular cycles (check!), weight around tummy (check!), obesity, acne, anxiety (check!) and thinning hair (check!).
Not serious aspects of PCOS: If I want to cure it naturally, I need to ditch margaritas, wine, and bread. I’m still trying to find my way around this. I also need to increase my protein-intake, which Todd is incredibly excited about, because he’s always hungry.
I am physically the healthiest I’ve ever been, so in many ways it’s discouraging to be told I have a condition that can’t be cured, only treated. But it’s also exciting because God created my body to be strong and heal itself (with the help of nutrient-dense foods and natural supplements, in my case!).
Because I tend to invite you into every part of my life, this is no different.
I want to share, and potentially over-share, about this journey because I have a gut instinct many women are undiagnosed with PCOS, yet find themselves struggling with the symptoms above. It can be incredibly frustrating to “do all the right things” yet feel tired, anxious, have unwanted weight gain, and have irregular cycles.
If you are looking for a sign to get bloodwork done- this is it.
I have an appointment in February to re-check my hormone levels and grab an ultrasound to see if the cysts are still there. I’m praying every symptom is drastically reduced as I follow the guidance of my fearless leader, Dr. Maxfield (www.tnaltmed.com), take helpful supplements to balance my progesterone and estrogen, increase protein, eliminate alcohol and bread, and do yoga every night. If you have the same thing, I hope we can swap articles and information, as it seems like self-education is the best cure for PCOS!
6 months and counting!