“Being diagnosed remains one of the biggest mysteries and reliefs in my life.”
It affects 1 in 5 women in the UK, and symptoms include irregular or no periods, heavy periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, pelvic pain, and weight gain. It has no cure.
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1. There is an annoying lack of awareness about the condition.
“The thing that was most distressing was how many years and doctors it took to figure out I had PCOS. Having an explanation was relieving, but I spent so much time being resentful and angry at my many doctors who couldn't figure it out.” – sharonb30
“I've had problems with my period since I got it at 11. Whenever I would get one, I would be so horribly sick that I couldn't go to school and my teachers and even my dad kept saying I was faking it. It wasn't until I was diagnosed at 16 that we learned I wasn't faking it. I just had PCOS.” – mkkaykay
2. The symptoms are super hard to deal with.
"Imagine the heaviest of periods, soaking through 6-8 pads (and tampons at the same damn time) in a 12-hour time block. Now imagine that for six months straight, nonstop. With all that comes with a period, including cramps, bloating, fatigue, etc. Now tack on thinning head hair, all the weight gain, emotions all over the spectrum, complete loss of any sexual drive/appetite, and cystic acne. These are just the biggest of the symptoms. There are more." – copygirl9980
“Periods with PCOS are horrible (less horrible now that I'm medicated), especially in school. I can't count the amount of times teachers told me 'it can't be that bad' or 'stop acting out for attention' while I was writhing in pain, on the edge of tears. It was incredibly frustrating that no one believed me when I was in so much pain.” – rebeccajeannee
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