Let me start by saying that PCOS stands for Polycystic ovary syndrome. I got my first cycle at eight and a half (I felt like my world is ending). My cycles were irregular and heavy.
I went to a GYN, and they said that said I got shark weeks (periods) my body will settle and everything will be okay, so I went home. Fast forward to a few years later, I was fifteen. I was in bed and started feeling in the lower part of my tummy, so I’m like tomorrow I’ll get it. In the middle of the night, I wake up vomiting, in the morning it continued, and I began fainting, so my mum called the ambulance, and they took to A and D (ER). A doctor examined, and he said I think you’re pregnant and I’m like it can’t be since I never had sex. I started getting a fever. They did tests and an ultrasound they found a big cyst around one of my ovaries, had emergency surgery to remove the cyst. Weeks later I went to see my doctor again and told him that I was having similar pains as before they retook an ultrasound they found out that I’ve cysts on both sides. Meds for it wouldn’t work for me due to my other conditions.
Common symptoms of PCOS include:
Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.
Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy. Related issues such as poor sleep may contribute to the feeling of fatigue.
Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen. Hirsutism related to PCOS is due to hormonal changes in androgens. (I’ve it everywhere but not on my face sadly).
Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.
Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some women may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally. (Which is ok since I’m a trans man)
Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also associated with PCOS.
Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety. (I have them).
Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also happen when a woman isn’t bleeding. (I suffer from this).
Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report issues such as insomnia or poor sleep. Many factors can affect sleep, but PCOS has been linked to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, a person will stop breathing for short periods during sleep.