I wish people knew the struggles that comes with having PCOS.

I wish it wasn’t so difficult for me to explain.

I wish people knew that I don’t eat healthy because I want to lose weight.

I do it to help my body.

I wish people knew that my body is so sensitive to different foods.

I wish people knew that the foods I put into my body impacts my hormones and even my cystic acne.

Dairy? Sugar? Fried foods? I can’t eat a lot of them. I remember when I used to eat everything without even thinking about my body and how certain foods would affect it. I would say yes every time someone would offer me food.

I have been getting better at saying “no, thank you,” but the hardest part for me is having to explain why I don’t want to eat a certain thing. It’s hard.

I can’t just go back to the life I had before discovering that I had PCOS, I can’t just forget it; I have to do something about it. I know I need to do something. I need to take action and help my body as much as possible.

Even my mental health fluctuates. Sometimes I’m sad for no reason, then there are times where I’m in a good mood. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough to help my body, especially when I don’t eat healthy. There are times where it’s a struggle for me to simply put makeup on – it can be a struggle to cover up my acne. To be honest, the last time I have worn makeup was in March!

Having acne does affect my mental health at times, too. Sometimes I have days where my face looks clear and other times I have so much cystic acne on my chin and jaw line/neck. It’s all hormonal and it can also be painful.

I also have to shave my legs, my stomach (where my belly button is), underarms, and chin pretty regularly because everything grows back so quickly. That is also another struggle with having PCOS. Again, being honest here!

At times, I wonder if I will ever be able to have children and the thought of not being able to makes me scared. It’s the not knowing part, but I know that whatever happens in my future is God’s plan for me. I’m resting in that because He has brought me through a lot and He placed these struggles in my life for a reason.

We all go through struggles that some people are unable to relate to and it’s also hard to explain them to people who don’t know what it’s like.

We can start by expressing ourselves and being real about our struggles to other people – that is what I’m doing right now. I’m being real with y’all by sharing some of my struggles that I struggle with having PCOS.

Every individual’s struggles may look different.

Maybe you are struggling with a deadly disease and someone else might be struggling with not being able to work right now. We all struggle with something different and it’s ok to share your struggles with other people because then that person will feel ok about sharing theirs, too!

It’s also ok if you don’t feel like explaining the reason behind your actions to other people, it’s ok.

Always do what you think is best for you no matter what because you are the one who lives inside your body, so you know what you should and shouldn’t do. You know your body best.

You shouldn’t be afraid of acknowledging your struggles, it is what makes you strong and you will be brave because of it.

I will leave y’all with this:

“Your struggles do not define you, but they shape the person you become when you face them and overcome.”

I added a new page to this blog and I encourage all of you to check it out! For those of you who are new here, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in December of 2019. I have been documenting everything that I have been through and experienced – from discussing my symptoms before I knew what was wrong, all the way to what I am doing now to help my body. My goal is to balance my hormones naturally without taking birth control. I want to give other women with PCOS hope that birth control isn’t the only option. All of the details about My PCOS journey Pinterest board can be found here.

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20 thoughts on “I Wish People Knew…

  1. “I also have to shave my legs, my stomach (where my belly button is), underarms, and chin pretty regularly because everything grows back so quickly” SAME WITH ME Haha! Oh my! Sometimes, I don’t even feel like doing it but I have to anyway. God is going to get you through this in JESUS name. You are strong. You are loved. You are brave and you will make it and will BE healed in JESUS name. Love you sis! Blessings and strength. 💛✨🕊

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    1. Ha, I’m thankful I’m not the only one and i know I’m not the only one! Same here! Amen!! Aw, thank you so much for your sweet words, sis! You are loved and are brave too! We will both get through it together! Love you too sis and blessings and strength to you as well! We can get through anything with God by our side!

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  2. I almost have every PCOS symptom you have, but my sad days are normally full with high anxiety and a depression that comes with emotional numbness. All ormonal but it sucks anyway. And I’m shocked every time I see a doctor that doesn’t know what to do when i tell him/her i don’t want the pill. They have no idea on what to do but also don’t want to refer me to and endo (so i can have is through NHS). they want to send me to a gyno. It’s stupid. Gps are convinced PCOS problems comes from the ovaries, they don’t seem to get that the ovaries look that way because of hormones… I’m so sick of their ignorance.

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    1. I totally understand and I’m sorry you have PCOS too, Cinofila. I know how hard it is and people just don’t understand. I recently experienced high anxiety and depression, my mental health has never got this bad before and usually, I just have anxiety. If you need someone to talk to, you can talk to me about whatever it is that you’re feeling. Do you have a high level of DHEAS? I have experienced that before and I couldn’t believe it either. I explained to a Doctor why I didn’t want birth control and she still tried to force me on it – I felt like I had to plead my case on why I didn’t want it! Once I got diagnosed with PCOS, my Endocrinologist wanted to order birth control right away through the phone and I said nope! I haven’t seen my Endocrinologist since and he didn’t help me at all or even explain what PCOS was to me – I basically kinda knew that was what is was because every time I researched my symptoms, it led to PCOS. Yep, it’s all hormones that does it! I have gone the natural route instead of going through a Endocrinologist, Gynecologist, etc. because all the want to do is put me on birth control and think that it’s the only way to fix it, which I disagree with that! I have been seeing a chiropractor who is also a dietitian and I had to get my blood tested for all of my vitamins and minerals level so I’m now on vitamins and taking a probiotic every day. I also get adjustments and acupuncture done once a week at another chiropractor. There are so many other ways to balance hormones naturally without taking birth control and I’m so sorry you’re going through this, I know how frustrating it is! I have heard about Vitex and Inositol helping with PCOS, but you should research these first before taking anything and talking to your Doctor! Maybe you should try seeing a chiropractor? Thank you so much for reaching out to me and telling me all of this, I truly appreciate it!💗

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  3. It is so expensive to do all these visits and tests here if you go private. I probably woudn’t be able to afford them all… I feel wronged by the NHS that is not helping at all and i don’t even know what’s wrong with my hormones at the moment because gp won’t even do some blood test. they think hormones stay the same and they already tested me a couple of years ago. I tried telling them i think my tyroid hormones might be a little off because when i put my symptoms on google, the tyroid often comes up as a possible cause. I don’t mean a pathological problem with it but maybe lately it’s just a little off. however the gp just refused to test me again. i had to fight for a referral to an endo that will probably not even be accepted. In all this I am on myo-inositol and vitamin b already. I didn’t check with my gp before starting it but the gp probably wouldn’t know if i needed it since they won’t test me. my anxiety is very high and the therapist i was with last year, told me my anxiety really behaves like Relationship OCD. This because my worries are all related to my fiancé. She tested me with a quitz and i don’t seem to have it but it’s so similar. she said it should disappear when my hormones go back to a good level but i don’t know if that will ever happen if my doctors keep dismissing my problems like they are doing now. sorry to rant so much. i’m very angry, confused and frustrated. i hope to have more luck in the future

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    1. I thought Cinofila was your name!😅 Hey Gabriella!☺️ Are you from Scotland? I understand that. If you are able to get your hormones tested in the future, you should get your DHEAS tested! Mine was really high and way out of the average range! Yeah, hormones don’t stay the same; they fluctuate. It could be possible that your thyroid hormones are a little off. That’s good you are on that! That’s interesting. It good you went to see a therapist! Have hope that your hormones will get better and you will get the help you need! I know how frustrating this is when you feel like no one is helping you get better and no one is listening to you. I pray you find someone who will listen to all your needs and will give you the help you need for your body! Keep being an advocate for your body and demanding whatever you need to get done to help your hormones. You don’t need to apologize, I understand! I felt so lost and scared when I wasn’t getting the help I needed in order to help my body. I pray that you will eventually receive all the help you need and will know what is going on with your hormones. It’s going to get better✨

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      1. Sorry for the confusion. I actually started my blog for my dog walking and training business where the name cinofila means dog lover. i have an app on my phone for a PCOSsupport group but lately no one was answering to my posts. so i accidentally tought of looking for fellow bloggers with PCOS and i found loads. I’m not scottish but Italian although i live in uk now. Anyway even if i didn’t have much result, i’m still ready to move a mountain to get the help i need. It’s not going to be less frustrating than it is now but i’ll do anything to not feel this way anymore.

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      2. It’s ok and that’s cute, I didn’t know the meaning of cinofila!☺️ I’m thankful you came across my blog and I’m here for you if you need anything! You can also ask me any questions you may have or even if you just need someone to talk to, I’m here for you! I was just wondering because I looked up NHS and I’m from the United States! That’s cool though☺️ Yes!🙌🏻 God is going to move this mountain for you! What you’re going through won’t be like this forever, just remember that and some answers will be coming soon.✨

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