Monday, September 26, 2016

I Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome- PCOS

Last night I was asked if my husband and I have any children? when I replied "No" she asked why not? I replied "I can't have children" she then said oh no why is that? even with today's technology and medical advances? then just to avoid talking about my medical history I just told her we are adopting in a few years ... she continued talking. Working with children it's a very common question that I have been asked a million times so I should be used to it right? It used to really bother me when people asked but now I am just used to it and sometimes I do have to be open about my medical history in order for them to stop asking me about it. I do mind however and still get annoyed when women in society who do not have children are looked at if they are committing some kind of a sin because they are not bearing children (I blame the bible for this)... people automatically assume especially other women that you do not like children, that you choose not to have children, or that your a lesbian or something. It bothers me when people say "you don't have children you don't understand"- I been working with children for over seven years, have tons of trainings, and I might even have longer experience than you. Can you handle a room with 12 children by yourself? because I can. I am not a very confident person, but when it comes to working with children I am :)

I do not write too much on this topic but September is PCOS awareness month. I have PCOS. It took 15 years to get it diagnosed and doctors still do not know much on it or how to help you. When I went in the doctor laughed at me in a friendly way because I had self diagnosed and he ended up calling other doctors to help him diagnose me and he ended up saying I had PCOS.
Some of the symptoms of PCOS are being insulin resistant, cysts in ovaries (mine did not have any at the time), hair growth on the body, male pattern baldness, obesity, problems losing weight, infertility (main), menstruation problems (main), cancers, plus more and PCOS is connected with heart disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Some women are told right away they cannot have children and destroy the woman's hope of having any and some are told they need to have a hysterectomy. Women with PCOS can have children it's just a higher risk, and it takes longer to conceive but it is possible. All women are different and have different needs. For me conceiving has not been possible, but I am okay with that now; I have come to accept that. My husband is definitely okay with not having children and that's has made it easier to accept that so far I have not been able too.

I don't know how much of my PCOS is responsible for my anxiety and depression issues it's something I doubt I will ever know. I have other factors that might be partially responsible for my anxieties and depression, so it's hard to tell really.

Some links with information on PCOS

                                                                   Womens Health

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