#NaturesbestPCOS Campaign

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There’s nothing worse than when you feel something is wrong with you and nobody believes you. Feminine health is a hot topic of discussion these days but in my case I have struggled for years trying to get to the bottom of what has been going on with my body. Let me take you back to the beginning. I’m about to get a little personal so grab a cuppa, sit back and let me explain…

I first started having my period when I was just 12 years old. Of course I had read about what to expect in educational books, teen magazines and had chats with my mum. Technically I was what you could call “prepared” but the reality of my situation has been very very different. I began getting severe dizzy spells where I would literally lose control of my legs beneath me and either hit the deck or need to sit before this would happen. I eventually learned that the change in my blood sugars was making me faint and so chocolate was not only an aid for the cravings I would experience but, a bit of a God send in preventing dizzy spells.

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Additional hair growth began to happen in places that were undesirable such as my chin, stomach etc. I could never manage the oily t-zone in my face and I was generally miserable. As if this wasn’t enough I experienced pains like no one I had ever met! There wasn’t a single woman in my family who could relate and more often than not the only thing I could do was lay in a ball, scream and cry in pain. It doesn’t help that I’m allergic to most pain medications…

After many years of discomfort, emotional distress and frustration I discovered what was wrong. It took suffering from a stomach illness to find out. After countless tests, examinations and visits to the doctor had me rather exhausted with the whole thing. I made the point of saying to my GP ‘you see me so often, can we please look into this?’. I explained all the symptoms I had been suffering with. Doctors had fobbed me off for years saying that things would balance out with age. In my case the older I got the worse things were. I was 29 and being sent for a vaginal ultra sound. When the results came back everything began to make sense.

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Unfortunately I was dealing with 2 conditions, Adenomyosis (a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus (the myometrium). This was the first diagnosis and explained all the pain I had been experiencing over the years. The second was PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This explained why I had been dealing with all of the other problems associated with having my period and why I never could find an answer.

Finding out what was wrong with my body not only gave me some answers but left me with a multitude of questions. A doctor even said to me ‘now we know why you’re so fat, especially as a vegetarian!’. I was left with a sense of relief to finally understand what I was dealing with. The experience also saddened me; for years I had to struggle and get by on my own.

So now I had several things to consider. A scary operation was needed where polyps were to be cut out of my uterus (caused by the adenomyosis). And as far as the PCOS was concerned I just had to deal with it. A Mirena coil was fitted to help me manage the pain and discomfort but that has presented problems of its own…

I’ve not been given much in the way of treatment if i’m completely honest with you. The main concern for the medics was if I want to have children one day and what challenges I may face in that area.

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The whole situation has made me look into things in more detail. I’ve been considering what things I can eat to help regulate my hormones and deal with the pains and discomfort I experience. The additional body hair does make me self conscious and it’s something that I don’t like having to deal with. If I get lucky enough in the finance department of life I’d love to get laser hair removal in places. Some friends and acquaintances have PCOS and I have been comforted by hearing similar stories and taking tips and tricks on how to manage the symptoms. This is all really new to me and so I’m interested in hearing what others do to help them. I did take acupuncture for a few months also. After getting little to no help from the GP I wanted to see what I could do myself.

I come to find that although many people have PCOS not many people talk about it. Possible cysts on the ovaries and problems having children is pretty much all you hear about it. All of the other symptoms that come along with this seem to be insignificant when people speak on it. I can assure you as someone with this issue it’s not insignificant to live with them!

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It can be emotionally traumatic and draining to have things happening to your body that you can’t control. Every now and then it does get me down emotionally and I just have to remind myself that many other women have these issues too, even if I don’t know them. I am currently in the process of looking for charities who deal with these conditions. I feel that being around women with the same issues as me could be a great support. Nature’s best have some supplements that look really interesting so I’ll definitely look into those. Anything I can take to help would be a great help.
I began working with a personal trainer recently to help keep my weight under control and I’m on a strict eating plan, making sure I get in all the nutrients I need as well as vitamins to help support my body and mind.

One piece of advice I would give to any woman who thinks she has PCOS, make sure your doctor gets a diagnosis! Don’t suffer like I did for years not knowing what’s wrong. The sooner you know the sooner you can find things to help you in your day to day life. It can get you down at times though. The internet can be an amazing place to connect with many other women in the same boat. So do reach out you’ll be so pleased that you did!

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  1. Alex Gladwin says: 26th October 2018 7:05 pm

    Huge well done to you for speaking up about this and sharing your story to help others xxx

  2. Becca Talbot says: 26th October 2018 8:27 pm

    Oh Mayah, I’m saddened to read that you’ve had to go all through all of this, though glad to hear that you’ve haven testingd colleagues and friends to talk to about it. I also have fears of PCOS, as have developed severe acne over the last 18 months on my chin, neck and jawline, which I know is one of the symptoms, as well as “peach fluff” on my chin :( But when I questioned the doctor, he dismissed it straight away without even testing – he sent me on my way with antibiotics, but that did nothing :( as you’ve suggested, I’m going to push them again, because I know my body, and there must be something to explain it.

  3. Rhian westbury says: 27th October 2018 8:59 am

    I can’t even begin to imagine how tough it must have been going through all of that for so long without even having a diagnosis. I’m really glad now that you have some answers though as you can start looking into ways to regulate it x

  4. Emma says: 27th October 2018 7:25 pm

    I am so sorry it took so long for them to help find out what was wrong. To think you had been in pain all that time. As much as I love the NHS, sometimes they don’t get things right. x

  5. Tash says: 27th October 2018 8:18 pm

    Oh lovey, so sorry to read this. Its not fair when you don’t get the answers you need. Good luck with the supplements my love x

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  7. Super Busy Mum says: 1st November 2018 4:58 pm

    Oh, lovely. I can only imagine how difficult all of that has been for you. I do hope you get the answers you need, though!! Best of luck!