Where to start. I have been in a state of denial since 12/24/2020. I went in for my gynecological results since I was concerned about hair thinning, possible due to uncontrolled PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and wasn’t prepared for it at all.
Now let me start by saying maybe to others what I am going to express in this post may not be a big deal, but this is how I FEEL. This is solely MY EXPERIENCE and how it is affecting ME SPECIFICALLY. (SORRY FOR THE SHOUTY CAPITALS).
I was told that my cystic growth was doing really well with my current birth control, still zero cysts thankfully and my tiny fibroid was still tiny. However, my PCOS is officially metabolic in nature. This means whether I want it to or not, it is affecting my blood levels. All the research I did told me this could be a possibility but last year we were hopeful it would not be the case.
Well life has different plans for me I guess. My insulin levels are way high (per-diabetic high), my cholesterol is high, my adrenal glands are not producing enough, and yada yada yada. I confirmed with my doctor that these issues are in fact stemming from the PCOS and not because of anything I am doing incorrectly.
I am now off on another journey in trying to control this all before I am diabetic and my cholesterol causes any heart concerns. Hopefully with the help of an endocrinologist everything can get under control and I can continue trying to stabilize.
Oh but that’s not all! The hardest part of it all is the kids. I was told that if I ever wanted to have children it will not be an easy road. PCOS makes it difficult and my gynecologist confirmed I would need hormonal assistance to conceive. Not just that, but if I did conceive the pregnancy would most likely be high risk depending on blood levels at that time. Now my husband and I decided we do not want to have children way before this but hearing this from my doctor made me take a step back. It’s a weird feeling knowing that if I ever changed my mind (not likely) I wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally or have a difficult pregnancy.
Needless to say it was a lot to take in and I haven’t really processed it all until this week. It all kind of started weighing a bit on my mind and mentally I am pretty shot. There will be a hefty amount of change this year in my lifestyle and self care routine that’s for sure. My mental health is still teetering a bit and I’m really trying to not succumb to my depression.
I wish I could say 2020 is behind me and onward to better things, but I can’t guarantee 2021 will be better. I will try and make it better though, overall I can’t afford NOT to try.