What’s next after the diagnosis?
I feel like this blog will be a few different parts because I don’t want to be repetitive. There’s so much you will go through, and it will feel lonely sometimes. When I started writing this blog it was because honestly I feel lonely sometimes. Though I am not all knowing about PCOS, and don’t want it to seem that way. We are going through this journey and this blog kind of forces me too research the condition for myself and sort out my own options. Enough about me though, let’s talk about you.
What challenges are you going to face, or might face?
I want to help prepare you for that. There’s weight management of course, that’s the main one doctor’s harp on and I’ll mention it many times over our journey together because that’s one I struggle with personally. There’s the cycle irregularities, but with that comes the infertility. Most doctor’s will prepare you for this in advance with the PCOS diagnosis, because it’s a hard reality. NOT ALL women with PCOS struggle with infertility, but many do.
- I want to go over some treatment options though. If you just got your blood work back, with PCOS you probably have a specific hormone that’s acting a fool to put it lightly, mine is Testosterone. When your hormones are off wack your doctor will likely start you on Metformin. What EXACTLY is Metformin? Metformin is given to Diabetics to maintain blood sugar. It’s prescribed to those with PCOS due to Insulin Resistance being a symptom. Because of your probably Insulin resistance the qualities the Metformin can help alleviate some of your symptoms of PCOS.
Metformin helps some but not all. Some of the side effects can be gastrointestinal and to put it likely make your stomach very sensitive. If you eat anything high in carbs or sugar, this being a diabetic medicine, will cause an upset stomach. I’m sure you get where I’m going. If this doesn’t work for you there’s other hormone treatment options, this is usually the first step.
- Another option is Spironolactone. This can help treat acne and the facial hair growth, but it’s a diuretic, meaning you have to drink lots of water on this medication. I’ve taken this one and I did notice a decrease in facial hair growth, however you have to take a reliable birth control with this medication. My doctors have always considered reliable as an IUD or Implant, the other options can have user error so in my own personal experience they did not recommend taking it unless you have one of the two.
Birth Control –
- This will be highly suggested by your doctor. Some birth control options like the Pill are recommended because they help manage your cycle irregularities, and some other symptoms. Please note that the Depo Provera shot may be recommended to you, however please do your research on this shot, it is known to cause severe weight gain, hair loss, and other issues. I personally advocate against this, my own OBGYN agreed it should not be given to those with PCOS. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your doctor recommend what birth control works best with your personal circumstances.
This journey is rough and it’s not easy. As we go through this together please be aware that I am not a doctor, and follow all WHO and CDC guidelines. All advice and material shared is from personal experience and opinion.
xoxo, your favorite CYSTER.