PCOS basically means you have cysts on your ovaries causing all kinds of girly drama, though it also comes with a few nasty side affects; a higher chance of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, excess body hair and a few other random bits and pieces. Luckily for me, I have none of these side affects and just suffer from cysts on my ovaries – I also have very irregular periods and when they do come, it’s like my own form of special hell!
As I’m getting married next year, I have been thinking about how my diagnosis is likely to affect my plans for starting a family once I’m married. PCOS means it can be rather difficult. In the first instance, I don’t actually ovulate once a month like normal people, and when I do, any sperm would need to fight it’s way through the cysts on my ovaries to stand a chance! Even if that were to happen, PCOS then means I have a much higher chance of miscarriage (43% whereas for normal women it’s around 15%).
PCOS is perhaps my biggest motivation for losing weight! Why? Because it’s the most effective form of treatment! Studies have shown that a weight loss of just 5% can make the symptoms much better (assuming you have the other symptoms that is), and there are plenty of stories on the Internet of women who dropped a load of weight and then went on to have perfectly fine, natural pregnancies. Add to that, as I have a proper fertility issue, I also qualify for IVF on the NHS which has a good success rate in people with PCOS (although that makes it more likely that you will conceive twins or triplets).
So I guess I’m sharing this because this is my weight loss blog, and this is my reason to lose weight. Of course I would like to wear smaller clothes and look less like a meringue in my wedding dress – but that’s not why I’m doing this. Im doing this so that one day (hopefully!) I can start my own little family! It’s a pretty important reason and it’s what keeps me going. Why should my fatness stop me from having the life I want for myself?
If you’re reading this and you have PCOS too – don’t give up hope!