I’ve had so many women reach out to me over the last few weeks to thank me for sharing Our Fertility Journey & Birth Story. What a blessing to have a community built around our experience! I would have never imagined just how many women are struggling with issues similar to my own.
For the most part, our conversations have revolved around the condition Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Naturally, I feel inspired to share my experience. I’ve tried my best to be an open book about these issues because I know firsthand about the “silent” struggle around them. And I pray that this post will offer comfort and hope to anyone who might be silently suffering with this condition.
To begin, I’ll share the scoop on PCOS in the simplest way I know how. After, I’ll share my personal experience with the condition. And to finish, I’d like to share three natural healing ideas that have helped me make a comeback. Before we begin, I’ll disclaim that I’m not a doctor or expert in this field. All the information I’m sharing is from my own research and experience.
The Scoop On PCOS
- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common condition affecting more than 200,000 women every year.
- Although the cause is still unknown, it’s thought to be genetic.
- Most women with PCOS grow cysts on their ovaries that in turn create an imbalance of hormones.
- The sex hormones are primarily affected with this condition. Women will produce slightly more male hormones (androgens) than normal, resulting in symptoms like acne, facial hair, depression, anovulation and infertility.
- There is an increase in diabetes in women with PCOS due to insulin resistance.
- Some women with this condition struggle with weight fluctuations their whole life.
- Its diagnosed with either a pelvic exam, routine bloodwork, or general health history.
- There is said to be no cure and the most common treatment is prescribed birth control.
- The hormones found in birth control actually regulate the imbalance caused by the condition and relieve most symptoms.
My Experience with PCOS
For me, the symptoms were pretty typical. I started my period at the age of 12 and I have never (and I mean NEVER) had any consistency with my cycle. I would go 2, sometimes even 3 months without having a period and ultimately was prescribed birth control at the age of 18 to regulate my cycle. I experienced depression and anxiety all through high school and college which was treated with prescription medication. I battled acne like every other teenager I knew, but I never equated it to a hormonal imbalance.
I remember feeling so NOT normal. I intuitively knew something was off but there wasn’t a doctor around who would provide me answers or a diagnosis. I didn’t understand why I had to take pills to be happy or for my body to work right. I was so ashamed. Other than my parents I didn’t tell a soul about my struggle. It was a lonely time. The kind of lonely where you’re surrounded by people who love you, but you still feel totally alone and misunderstood.
That’s why I call it a “silent” struggle. I think there are countless women who struggle in silence. Why? I’d guess because of the embarrassing nature of the symptoms. Acne, facial hair, weight gain… None of these things make us feel beautiful. I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone. We all need support from time to time. And with the right support we can heal.
Natural Healing Ideas
I would say that my journey took a turn when I decided to take my health into my own hands. It wasn’t until after I had Dutch and the post partum depression set in that I got serious about understanding hormones. I was sick and tired of the struggle. I wanted off the roller coaster. I wanted a natural way to heal. Through Diet & Exercise, Chiropractic Care and Yoga, I have made a comeback.
Diet & Exercise
My life changed when I learned How To Eat For Hormonal Balance. I made significant dietary changes that almost instantly improved my symptoms. I also added supplements for hormonal balance and increased my water intake to at least 8 cups per day. In addition, I bumped up my exercise regimen. I started incorporating strength training into my workouts and began feeling stronger, physically and mentally.
I started chiropractic care a few weeks after Dutch was born and I continue to get weekly adjustments. I feel a sense of well being after an adjustment, almost a feeling of euphoria. I guess that’s the way our body responds when we bring it back to its natural state. I wish I had gotten regular adjustments through my whole pregnancy, heck throughout my whole life for that matter. And for that reason we’ve been having Dutch adjusted on a weekly basis since he was an infant. I’m grateful he will reap the benefits of it for years to come.
And lastly, I recommitted to my yoga practice. Actually, I turned it into a gratitude practice. Throughout the movements I repeat this simple affirmation, “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!” Soon enough, reasons to be thankful begin to appear. I walk away from this practice every time with a full heart and tears of joy for the beautiful life I live. Sometimes we just need that little reminder.
“A grateful heart sees many blessings.”
Through discussing PCOS as a condition, my experience and three natural healing ideas we can conclude that the answer is not cut and dry. There is no shame in treating your condition with medication. Release the guilt around that decision, if it’s the path you’ve chosen to take. But I encourage you to also explore natural therapies with a goal to heal from the inside out.
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Sending Happy, Healing Thoughts Your Way!
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