PCOS Journey Update
I've had a feeling to share my PCOS journey with you guys. I talk about it but not often, and there are always new followers, so maybe this will help one of you find answers.
Sixteen months ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. This surprise diagnosis came after five years of trying to conceive our fourth child with no luck and more miscarriages than I care to remember. Infertility is something I never thought I would deal with since already having had three children very quickly. For those that have been through infertility and those that are still going through it, I am genuinely sorry, and I love you. Infertility is lonely, miserable, frustrating, confusing, hopeful, shame, daunting, etc. etc. Infertility is every emotion and its rough. If you are currently battling it I feel for you, my heart goes out to you, and I wish I could hug every one of you. ❤️
Before my diagnosis, my body felt off, and so many things with my body changed for the worse. Besides dealing with infertility, I started feeling fatigued, I gained weight, that I couldn’t seem to lose, I felt "puffy" like I was retaining water. The biggest thing that killed my self-esteem was ACNE! I started getting acne at age 29!! What the heck!? I tried so many things to get rid of it, but it never got better.
Finally, I decided that I needed to get my hormones checked (again) and see what was causing these symptoms.
After getting my results back confirming I had PCOS, I got on some medication (Spironolactone) put myself on a dairy-free diet because being gluten-free due to celiac disease just wasn't enough 😏😉. The first thirty days detoxing from dairy was crazy! I got so sick; it was the worst cold I can remember ever having. But after the first month, I felt like a new person! I noticed I wasn't so tired anymore. My face started to clear up, and I didn't look so puffy. Now here's the craziest part of this story. After just two months of being 💯 dairy-free, I missed my cycle. Come to find out I was PREGNANT with my Scottie Girl!! I can't say going dairy-free will help everyone. My hope is my story will help to inspire you or someone to keep seeking answers and not give up.