Here’s a story of a 25 year old female who has had PCOS.
I always had painful periods but did not know that it could be an indication of something else. When I was in the first semester of my university, I skipped a month. I ignored thinking that it might be some normal changes that occur over the years. But soon, I started having very irregular periods and I gained some unexplained pounds. I did not visit a doctor even then. I thought that my periods became irregular because of weight gain and started a weight loss diet. It was so difficult to lose those pounds and it made me feel so irritated and frustrated all the time. During all this confusion, the moment in which I realised that I had some issue was when I noticed the sudden increase in my facial hair. That is the time when I told my mother about all the issues that I was facing and googled my symptoms. I came across Polycystic ovary syndrome and immediately went to a doctor. After so many tests and ultrasounds, the doctor diagnosed me with PCOS. Little did I know that internally, my insulin levels had risen, along with testosterone levels. I have been on major lifestyle changes since 6 years, which includes zero sugar intake, very less carbohydrate intake and regular exercise. I managed to lose the gained pounds but I still face difficulty maintaining my weight because it keeps fluctuating. Although I get regular periods now but still there comes a time when I do skip them. In my experience, medications do not guarantee you that you won’t develop PCOS again if it goes away, but you have to make healthy lifestyle changes to ensure your health.
The reason I did not take any action when symptoms initially came up was not my ignorance but the lack of awareness that we have for issues that are too common among females. I hope people read this and may find similar symptoms and if you do, please consult a doctor immediately to evaluate your problem.