Happy New month guys!
The excitement of a new month gives me that renewed energy and zeal to take control of my Wellness Journey. Especially after being diagnosed with PCOS. Yes, Polycystic ovary syndrome.
I have always had irregular menstrual cycles since I started the dreaded Menstruation in my teens. I even used birth control patches in college to balance my hormones and control my irregular cycle but I have never really bothered about checking to see if anything might be wrong because I was single and wasn’t ready for babies. I decided to do a thorough physical exam right after I got married to make sure I was wholesome, healthy and baby ready :).
I was also worried because last summer, I felt like I was pregnant because, for the first time, I had a 27 day cycle and I normally have 14-19 day cycles. After freaking out and rushing to the emergency at Montefiore Hospital, I found out I had an ovarian cyst that burst after running a few scans.
I became even more concerned because I keep having energy spikes and would feel like a deflated balloon atimes. Picture poking a balloon with a needle, yes that is the feeling occasionally. It also didn’t help that my menstrual irregularity got worse, It worsened my facial hair. Instead of getting my chin waxed once a month, i would have to go twice a month or else I just wanted to leave the “hairy woman” look like I am doing now😂.
Slow hair growth, weight gain, bloated, gassy belly, fatique, I decided to visit my GYN.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that causes irregular periods because monthly ovulation is not occurring and levels of androgens (male hormones) in women is elevated. 5-10% percent; about 1 in 10 women have it. The elevated androgen levels can sometimes cause excessive facial hair growth, acne, male pattern hair thinning. Most (but not all) women with PCOS are overweight or obese and are at higher risk of developing diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea(a potential sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts).
Although PCOS is not completely reversible 🙁, there are numbers of treatment that can reduce or minimize symptoms. You are wondering what causes it right?
Well the cause hasn’t yet been understood. The best explanation is that abnormal levels of the pituitary hormone luteinizing hormone (LH) and high levels of male hormones (androgens) interfere with the normal function of the ovaries.
There are a number of treatments that can reduce PCOS including oral contraceptives, which are the most commonly used treatment for regulating menstrual periods in women with PCOS. There is also skin treatment medicated lotions but the most effective approach for managing insulin abnormalities, irregular periods, and other symptoms of PCOS is DIET & EXERCISE.
This is actually great news. Part of my New Year resolution was to live a healthier lifestyle. substitute some of my carbohydrate for plant-based options. I am gifting myself a healthier lifestyle, you should too. Besides, incorporating the “Giftstyle” starts from within right?
I am not disciplined enough to go to the gym (yet) but I am starting with baby steps. Dancing to my favorite Hip Hop and Afro Beat tunes. Skipping, doing some belly exercises. strength exercises including planks and waist training :). I am also trying to cut down on carbs especially white rice (God help me). Basmati rice, quinoa, veggies especially broccoli (my favorite). I would really love to try pilates though, I even checked out a studio somewhere in the City today.
If you want to learn more about Polycystic ovary syndrome you should visit the website www.pcosaa.org. Get all the facts. They even a community where you can get support.
They also have a monthly giving link (which I think is awesome because we are all about the Giving Lifestyle).
I am combating PCOS the Diet & Wellness way! who is with me on the Wellness Journey? Let’s do this. Feel free to share your comments below.