Saturday, 1 September 2012

Cherish your children

Do you have children?

If the answer is yes, then never forget to appreciate them, always remember how lucky you are to have been blessed with such a wonderful gift.

Many women out there, me included haven't been blessed so easily, many woman would kill to have what you have, so never take for granted what you have cherish every moment you spend with your kids.

PCOS renders us infertile, not nessciserially permantly but it takes a lot of hard work to make our body work in a way that makes this option possible. it takes a lot of tears and heart breaks, some may never know the feeling of having your own child some, will be blessed after a lot of work.

I know people may be getting sick of my PCOS statuses, but PCOS may not be as sever as say cancer, but it is a life changing illness, that actually can lead to cancer as well as heart disease and many other health problems, most people don't give it a second thought, hell i didn't until i had it, now i understand the severity of it all, i wish i could do more than write a few posts that no one will read.

Pcos is so much more than anyone realizes and i think it's sad no one seems to care, i mean not even the doctors care to much, all those damn leaflets they have hanging around there offices, have you ever seen one about PCOS? i haven't :(

It is important we help spread the awareness of PCOS because 1/10 women are affected by it and they don't even realize, the longer you go diagnosis, the harder it will be for you to get it under control.

People wonder why i am cry a lot and why i am in bitchy moods a lot, well if you had to fight this disease everyday you would cry sometimes and you would feel angry and alone and just want the world to stop for two minutes so you can gather your thoughts and get ready to continue the fight another day.

So i am sorry of my PCOS posts will annoy some of you but i care about PCOS and i want to get the word out, it is not some silly illness it is not easy, it is a hard heartbreaking long mentally and physically challenging life long battle.

Thanks to anyone who took the time to actually read this, it means a lot xx

Friday, 31 August 2012

PCOS Awareness

P ower and C ontrol O ver any S ituation 

 Hello there. As you may or may not know September is PCOS awareness month. So i would love it if you could take ten minutes out of your time and read this post, to help understand and support PCOS women such as myself, we appreciate every small speck of support, as this is a lifetime struggle for us and sometimes it is easy to feel so completely alone. 

 So i should start with 

 What is PCOS? 

 Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) IT is a common hormone imbalance that affects around 1 out of 10 women. Girls as young as 11 can get PCOS. This section is for you if you have PCOS or are struggling with common signs of the condition, such as irregular periods, acne, or unwanted body hair. I will now list a few common questions and i will answer to the best of my ability, from what i have read and my own personal experience.

 What are the signs of PCOS? 

 Some common signs of PCOS include: Irregular periods or none at all Pelvic pain Extra hair on your face or other parts of your body, called “hirsutism” (HER-soo-tism) Acne Weight gain and/or trouble losing weight Patches of dark skin on the back of your neck and other areas If you have some or all of the above signs, you might have PCOS. There may be other reasons that you might have one or more of these signs. Only your doctor can tell for sure. 

 What causes PCOS? 

 No one knows the exact cause of PCOS. We do know that it comes from problems with hormones, or natural body chemicals. Many girls with PCOS have too much insulin, a hormone that helps turn food into energy. Extra insulin can cause the darkened skin you may have on your neck, behind your knees, and other places. Also, having too much insulin may cause your body to make more of hormones called androgens (AN-druh-junz). Although these hormones cause male traits, females have them too. It’s the extra androgen that can lead to acne, excess body hair, weight gain, and irregular periods. What tests are used to diagnose PCOS? If you think you may have PCOS, it’s smart to see your doctor. And knowing what to expect during the appointment can make it less stressful. Here’s a list of some of what you might experience: Questions from your doctor about your menstrual cycle and your health A physical examination, including a measure of your body mass index (BMI) and waist size. You may also have an examination of the outside of your vagina. A blood test to check your hormone levels and blood sugar levels 

Does PCOS mean I have cysts on my ovaries?

The term "polycystic ovaries" means that there are lots of tiny cysts, or bumps, inside of the ovaries. Some young women with PCOS have these cysts; many others do not. Even if you do have them, they are not harmful and do not need to be removed. 

Will PCOS affect my ability to have children some day? 

 Women with PCOS may have trouble getting pregnant, but some women have no trouble at all. If you are concerned about your fertility (ability to get pregnant) in the future, talk to your doctor about all the new options available. These include medications to lower your insulin levels and to help you ovulate — or release an egg — each month. Does PCOS put me at risk for other conditions If you have PCOS, you may be at higher risk for other health problems. These include: 

  • Diabetes 

  • High cholesterol

  •  High blood pressure 

  • Heart disease 

Women with PCOS often have low levels of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone causes the to shed each month as your period. If you don't have enough progesterone, the endometrium becomes thick, which can cause heavy or irregular bleeding. In time, this can lead to endometrial hyperplasia, which means the uterus gets thick with abnormal cells, or cancer. Getting your PCOS symptoms under control at an early age may help to reduce these risks. 

What is the treatment for PCOS? 

 There is no cure for PCOS, but there are lots of ways to treat it. You may use a few of them or different ones at different times, depending on your symptoms. One great way to deal with PCOS is to eat well and exercise. If you are overweight, losing weight may help with symptoms and may reduce health risks related to PCOS. Birth control pills are a very common form of treatment for PCOS. Birth control pills contain hormones that can: Correct the PCOS hormone imbalance Lower the level of male hormones, which will lessen acne and hair growth Regulate your menstrual periods Lower the risk of endometrial cancer (which is higher in young women who don’t ovulate regularly) Metformin is another medicine that may help with ovulation and other PCOS issues. Your doctor may also ask you to take a blood test to measure your body's ability to use glucose. (Glucose is a kind of sugar that your body breaks food into to use for fuel.) This test will help find out if you are more likely to get diabetes, which sometimes is also treated with metformin. Anti-androgens work to reduce the effects of the male hormones on girls with PCOS. They can help clear up acne and hair growth. You can also deal with unwanted hair through electrolysis, hair removal creams, and laser treatment. There are lots of other options for treating acne.

 What if I have worries about having PCOS? 

 If you have been told you have PCOS, you may feel frustrated or sad. You may also feel relieved that at last there is an explanation for the problems you have been having with keeping a healthy weight, having excess body hair, acne, or irregular periods. At the same time, having a diagnosis without an easy cure can be difficult. Keep in mind that there are treatments for many of the problems that PCOS can cause. And it is important for girls with PCOS to know they are not alone. Finding a doctor who knows a lot about PCOS and who you feel comfortable talking to is very important. Keeping a positive attitude and working on a healthy lifestyle even when results seem to take a long time is very important too! Many girls with PCOS tell us that talking with a counselor about their concerns can be very helpful. Other girls recommend Internet chat. this website here is a great group to join

Please be aware of PCOS it isn't a sudden death illness but it is life changing and hard, if you know someone with PCOS please be supportive and understanding, it is so much more complicated than you even realize.

Thank you for taking time to read this :D