You’re not sure what it means as research on the matter is hard to come by.
You’re worried about your fertility and all in all you want to have a little scream at the world for putting this hair-spurting, hormone-messing, period-stopping obstacle in your way.
You confide in people and, to be fair, they don’t always know what to say.
In those instances, give them this list. The list of things it’s best to avoid saying to someone with PCOS.
‘Your hair is EVERYWHERE’
I know! It falls out like every, single, day.
And in every, single, place. If I could stop it dropping over your floor I would.
Trust me, living life as a giant walking fur ball is fun for nobody.
‘Is that hair on your chest?’
The testosterone imbalance in my system means that I get hair on my chest on occasion.
I know, I feel gross too *sheepishly looks for the hair removal cream and weeps*.
‘Just go on the pill to control your periods. Surely, that’s the answer?’
I’ve tried every pill. And every implant. And every patch.
And if they aren’t turning me into a crazy bitch, they are stopping my periods all together.
Also, I’ve been pumping my body full of artificial hormones for nearly 10 years. I need to get clean!
‘When are you due on?’
Ha. If I only I knew. It could be tomorrow. It could be 2020.
Your guess, my friend, is as good as mine.
‘Why are you so worried about kids now? You’re still so young, and that serious stuff is years away’
If it’s going to take me a few years to conceive (again, all I’ve ever been told) and I’m going to have a long time of hormone boosting and help, I need to start thinking about it now.
Because I don’t want to be an old Mum. So I kind of needed to meet my Baby Daddy last week.
‘It’s like you are always on a diet, what is that about?’
Every doctor I’ve ever met has told me that if I loose two stone, my periods will start up again and my chances of one day getting pregnant will improve
I’ve been told to shift weight for 4,6,8 years and it’s kind of just ingrained in my brain now to only eat carrots. Huff.
‘Oh have you tried Slimming World/Weight Watchers/ Atkins/ Cabbage Soup diet?’
All. Of. Them. Every. Single. One. Still. No. Regular. Period.
‘You really have that much more testosterone in you?’
Yes. I’m basically one pint of lager off of feeling like a proper man. Can we leave it?
‘So many people have it, you’ll be fine’
I know, but this is me we’re talking about.
And what if I’m not fine? And what if I struggle to be a Mum? Let me just have a panic for five minutes.