By now you have read through my Healthier lifestyle post and wanted to read more about what I’ve been going through dealing with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The purpose of this post is to share a life changing experience and potentially help someone get through a similar situation. Let’s start from the beginning…
When I was 20 years old I bled for a month straight. I was on birth control so initially I thought maybe it had something to do with the dosage they prescribed. At that time I had been on my own & out of my parents house. I remember feeling alone & scared. Something like that had never happened to me before and I didn’t know what to do. Finally, I went to the gynecologist where they took an ultrasound and let me know that I had massive cysts on my ovaries and I needed to be on a HIGHER dosage of birth control. It confused me immediately because before starting birth control I’d never had any bleeding problems. The doctor never gave me any other options. I was prescribed a higher dosage and told to come back in 6 months for a checkup. I want to be very clear about this because as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to speak to women who share the same experiences. I was NEVER given a diet plan, a lengthy explanation of what PCOS was and its symptoms, or multiple treatment options. It was as if birth control was its only “cure” and thats definitely not the case. While on birth control I gained approximately 50 pounds in 2 years. Simply because I was unaware of how to adapt to the changes happening in my body. No one in my family (that I knew of) had PCOS before and I hadn’t a clue of what I could do to ease up some of the symptoms. Anyone with PCOS knows there are good days and bad days. Like any other disease, it has its challenges. To those who don’t know here are some of the symptoms of PCOS:
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Sudden Weight gain
- Pelvic pain
- Thinning hair
- Unwanted hair growth
- Constant headaches
PCOS became a burden to me when it should’ve been addressed as a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. I found myself waking up thinking “okay will this be a good day or a bad day” everything I did became dependent on this disease. I eventually fell into a deep depression that very few people knew about. One of which happens to be my boyfriend. He was with me through the miscarriages, and uneasy days. He did the best he could to help me cope with the symptoms and dig me out of the funk I was constantly in. However, it was something I had to face on my own and that was the scariest part to me.
Now, at the age of 26 I decided to take control over my life, health and happiness. I conducted an obscene amount of research on PCOS and decided to start a Ketogenic lifestyle. It had been a total of 3 months now and I’ve lost approximately 15 pounds. I feel so much better and bad days never seem to come. Below are a list of changes I made to improve the quality of my life:
- Ketogenic lifestyle
- Avoid stressful situations
- Exercise 3-4 times a week
- Take vitamins (for a list of the vitamins I take go HERE)
Within the next couple of weeks I will be releasing my very first cookbook filled with Keto Recipes and Exercise plans. My goal is to be able to reach as many people as possible giving them healthier alternatives. Subscribe to stay in the loop of when my cookbook will be released. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to comment below or message me privately. This topic was near & dear to me as I have never shared my experiences with anyone. However, it’s time to pay it forward and reach someone else in need.