How are you all doing? I am still not over the vacation mood but as they say show must go on 🙂 So today first thing you can do is wish me as it’s my birthday 😛 and I swear have no intentions to make you emotional with this blog. But I thought it’s the day I can talk about my journey so far..
Being a woman naturally makes you mother of all, be it reproductive system or bundle of emotions. I still remember the day I was diagnosed with Ovarian cysts like it was yesterday. Sitting in my gynaecologist clinic wondering what’s next? So these cysts are my unwanted partners since last 6 years. They have syndromes like weight gain, low self-esteem, awful acne breakouts, eating disorder and the path of infertility. Symptoms vary from woman to woman. At 26 it was scary, it was a bomb that I was not prepared for. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. “It affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age, with less than 50% of women diagnosed. PCOS is responsible for 70% of infertility issues in women who have difficulty ovulating.” (PCOS Foundation)
A diagnosis of PCOS is usually made through a number of factors and symptoms which vary widely from woman to woman some include: (Women’s Health):
Abnormal hair growth Difficulty losing weight (obesity tends to run high in women with PCOS) Acne Menstrual dysfunction (lack of periods, irregularity, lack of ovulation) Irregular hormones (testosterone (male hormones) tend to be a lot higher) Ultra sounds showing ovaries are “polycystic” Infertility Pelvic Pain Anxiety and depression. While ovarian cysts are categorised in Polycystic, Endometriosis & dermoid.
Possible symptoms are
- Irregular periods, typically heavy periods (menorrhagia) or missed periods (amenorrhea).
- Menstruation-like cramps.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Bloating or swelling of the tummy.
- Weight gain if the cysts grow large enough .
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Dull pain in the lower back and thighs.
- Sudden sharp pain if cysts become twisted or ruptured.
- Spotting between periods.
I am sharing my journey with cysts, how it started, my symptoms and where I am at now in my healing process. Not everyone has all of these symptoms, like for me it was heavy periods and unbearable cramps. There was a time I used to roll on the floor with pain, come back from office midday/midway, glued to bed for all 6 days. I think it is a really important syndrome to understand; a lot of times women have symptoms linked to this but think they are normal for their body or they are just over weight or they just have bad skin and don’t realise there are underling issues that are causing such things to happen in their body, thus not healing properly. Myself kept on ignoring it untill it became too big.
I know I may not come across as a typical PCOS/Cyst case but it takes a lot of effort for me to not look like one. Ever since I was diagnosed with level 4 cysts, I have been on different medicines like hormonal injections( part of pregnancy treatment), tablets , zoladex to kill the endometrial tissues before surgery (part of treatment/management of endometriosis), have gone through 2 laparoscopic and one open surgery so far. You can’t have too much of allopathy treatment either, has it own set of side-effects.
Whenever I would be on painkillers like Ibrufen, things would be better but the moment I would be off it, it’ll go all haywire. Sometimes I gained some 3 kgs in 2 months and looked all swollen. My disease also restricted me from having gym and heavy workout activities. (not that I am too fond of gym either).
- Believe it or not the best treatment for the PCOS/Cyst is getting pregnant.
- Other non pregnancy treatments include Contraceptive pills (prescribed by gynecologist only), Mirena
- Conservative surgery (Removal of cysts via Laparoscopy)
- Radical surgery (hysterectomy removal of uterus, ovaries, cervix) advised only if you are above the age of 40 or have had children/ or you no longer wish to have children.
I know a lot of people go like ‘ homeopathic medicine’, I am that. For now I am on mirena and homeopathy. My personal experience since last year is I am much relieved in terms of bleeding and pain compared to what I used to be. Now, I have been off allopathy since last year as I can’t take any more pills for now, you can say I am done with my quota for it. But one thing for sure I feel better without those heavy bleeding and cramps. Since you can’t exactly cure it, but only manage it, the best way to manage is lifestyle modifications.
Everything matters, sleep to food to stress level to physical activity. Nothing can help you more than your routine, trust me! 7 years of cysts, mental and physical torture what I went through only because I was ignorant. PCOS/Cysts gives you weight gain and other symptoms as mentioned above. Only way to manage it is see what you eat, walk/jog daily, yoga (please consult your gynec for which is best workout for your condition ) And, do not forget those regular scans and visits to gynec. Very important! I have been always depressive in past with my infertility and being too emotional but with all those life experiences I m getting stronger day by day.
Anyway, my only motto to write this blog is women, please look after your body and symptoms ,don’t be ignorant. Nobody wants those scars of surgery on the body. In this constant battle with the cysts, I have chosen to accept it with grace now. You can either be at your body’s side and make right lifestyle choices, or take ‘disease’ side. Don’t keep blaming your hormones, do nothing and let your body create it’s havoc.
It’s depressive at times not to be like normal healthy woman but all that matters is staying happy with whatever life has offered. Be around people who make you happy, enjoy every moment and always wear that smile 🙂 and ofcourse nothing stops me from posing for the camera :-p
You can write to me on my email if you have any queries with respect to this information shared . The amount of gynaecologist I have consulted will surely be of help to someone needed.
Untill next blog,