Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder, which is a common health problem that affects teenage girls and women. It can cause irregular periods, acne, and abnormal hair growth on your face and body. To share awareness, Deborah Aribo shed light on her PCOS experiences to show how real and common PCOS is. Have a look.
Sharing My Story – Deborah Aribo
I was diagnosed at the age of 21 after a regular check-up during COVID 19. Prior to that, I didn’t realize that my suffering from depression, quick weight gain, and irregular periods were symptoms of PCOS. I was diagnosed with the condition after an ultrasound showed many cysts on my ovaries, and my blood work came back with high insulin and low vitamin D readings.It’s a challenge to learn to love your body when it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. But when your efforts are working, you’re so grateful to be living your best life.
Stress is a trigger for my PCOS, it makes my symptoms worse.I am the type of person who takes on a lot of responsibilities, but now that I know what my triggers are, I manage my stress by eliminating things that feed my anxiety, which include too many work commitments or certain social situations.
On my hardest days with PCOS, I complain, I rant, and I might even cry in the shower because, after all, I am human. But I pick myself up and move on. I don’t hate the fact that I have PCOS. I tell myself, I am trying, I am surviving, I am still learning, and I am still adapting. Life is too short to waste time wallowing in the past and “what if’s”. I embrace the opportunities given to me.
How do I deal with PCOS?
I decided to start by making some changes to my diet. I cut back on processed foods and sugary drinks, and I started eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I also started exercising regularly.
In addition to diet and exercise, I also started taking metformin, a medication that is often used to treat PCOS. Metformin helped to regulate my blood sugar levels and reduce my insulin levels.
Over time, the changes I made to my diet, exercise, and medication helped me to manage my PCOS symptoms. I started having regular periods, and I lost some weight. I also felt more energetic and healthier overall.
Here are some other things that I have found helpful in managing my PCOS:
Taking supplements, such as inositol and berberine, getting enough sleep, managing stress, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.It is important to note that everyone with PCOS is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is important to talk to your doctor about the best way to manage your PCOS.
I am grateful that I was able to find ways to manage my PCOS. I am now living a happy and healthy life, and I am able to do all of the things that I want to do.
If you are experiencing or suspect that you may have PCOS, it may be a good idea to visit your nearest clinic for a professional diagnosis. Share your story below to help spread awareness.
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