Tagged: PCOS.

more on pelvic exams and PCOS

Every1’s giving inspirational responses re pelvic exam. While it’s definitely necessary/worthwhile to go for it, I don’t think we should make the health system out to be such a utopia. Pelvic exams can be incredibly uncomfortable. I’ve had friends who ended up bleeding and w PTSD-symptoms afterwards, who weren’t given warning b4 the speculum was inserted and t/fore it hurt a lot. The key is to force yrself to be strong, demand comfort, to know you’re not alone in a female-underresearched system. Not trying to talk her out of it or scare her, but I think women need warning that the health system isn’t always amazing, because to go in with high expectations and then experience sth shocking can be traumatic. That said, our health comes first and good luck. xx
It’s worth noting not every fat girl with irregular periods has PCOS. I was tested for it, since being a death fat gives me many of the symptoms anyway (irregular and weird duration periods, higher testosterone levels, and from that a bit more body hair), but I don’t have it. I’ve been told by every doctor I’ve seen my periods are just like this because I’m fat and that’s messed with my oestrogen levels. *shrug* (They’re very irregular and last about three weeks when they do arrive.)
re: PCOS - it’s inaccurate to say that heavier women* are more prone to PCOS. PCOS causes weight gain. It’s not being heavier that makes you prone to developing it; rather, developing PCOS makes you more likely to become heavy. Doctors often tell patients with PCOS to lose weight in order to make it get better, but telling someone to treat a symptom of the condition is rarely helpful - plus, weight loss is near impossible in general and even harder for someone with PCOS.
09:55 pm, by raggedyanndy 8

Irregular Periods & PCOS

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. All women can get it, but women who are heavier appear to be more prone to the condition. PCOS can vary in degree but generally women who have it have 1. irregular or no periods 2. excessive body hair 3. higher testosterone levels 4. cysts on your ovaries that ka-boom! 5. thinning hair 6.difficulty conceiving or infertility

Ask your PCP to do blood tests to check your hormones. If something is irregular you may have to go see an endocrinologist. If the endo rules out other things you may have to go to a gyno. Birth control is one way it is treated.

I was told I had PCOS when in reality I have an extremely rare disease… oh well.

also:

For the anon who asked about irregular periods and being fat, well, I have irregular periods too, and I have PCOS, I have been repeatedly told that unless I loose weight I won’t get a normal period. :|
02:11 am, by whiskeywanderlustpoet 20