PCOS: 6 months without a period


PCOS story from
@weightlossbella79


At 15 I went six months without my period.
I was happy. I felt free but didn’t realize what was going on with my body was not worth it.



I was taken to the gynecologist but not examined because my mom was sick and had my sister take me who wasn’t my guardian. Ironically my cycle came the following week and the doctor was just like “Oh, she’s just irregular.” and we left it like that…

The summer between my junior and senior year in high school I gained 50lbs. Nothing drastic happened. I may have been eating more but not overly so.

My weight continued to balloon and it was never really addressed with my doctors.

I didn’t have my first gynecology exam until I was 31. I wasn’t sexually active. This was the first time PCOS was discussed with me. At this time the facial hair was a problem and I was well over 300lbs. This opened me to googling more information. You read about the difficulty losing weight. I wasn’t really trying too hard. Any attempt I did got my about a five to ten pound lost before I would quit.

One of the things I read stated that your body takes in extra calories from the food you eat. A normal body takes in seven days of calories when my body takes in eight. The fertility issues weren’t too big of a concern for me because I was undecided about kids.

Then there was the insulin resistance part of it. I was in denial. The doctor did explain to me that diabetes was inevitable without weight loss. I was battling between diabetes being in my family, my weight and PCOS. I didn’t try at all to prevent it and was diagnosed in 2013.

She prescribed me birth control to regulate my cycle. At this time I had been a year without my period. It took no time to come back and I bled for 21 days for several months before I stopped taking the birth control pills. She explained that because I hadn’t had a period the lining of my uterus would be thick and that I could expect heavy cycles but my goodness. I couldn’t find a tampon absorbent enough. I was getting up three to four times a night changing supplies. It was a very miserable time.

The facial hair has been another battle. I think part of me made peace with it and another part doesn’t care. I tried waxing but it became too painful. Threading was an even worse experience and not worth the pain at all. I went back to a facial hair cream and I use a battery operated hair remover. They say it could cause it to grow back more and thicker but this is my temporary fix that I feel ok with.

The most frustrating part has been dealing with my cycle. The heaviness and the discomfort I felt on a daily basis especially when traveling is unbearable. Thankfully I have never had an accident on a plane. To get through them I wear a heavy duty overnight pad at all times that is about the length of my arm and a tampon. Also some kinds of tummy tucker to feel tight and confined down there. I have still had accidents but they’re few and far in between.

I know there’s still many aspects of it just don’t deal with. I wish I would have attacked this in my 20’s. I wish I wasn’t in an environment where we didn’t deal with things because they were unpleasant. I wish there were classes and support groups you had to go to so that you’re educated and have support. So many women suffer with the same things and we’re left to feel alone. Why?

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  1. 21st February 2017 / 3:21 am

    I have pcos and I'm engaged and want a baby.. It's hard I try not to think about it and how it effects my weight.. I'm dieting and eating healthy n not trying to stress my self and hope God blesses us with a bundle of joy one day.. I'm keeping faith

  2. 21st February 2017 / 4:11 am

    I had my first cycle at 10. I didn't see it again until I was 12. It came every other month. In high school it came every 4 months. In college it came twice a year. Fast forward life after college graduation and I went 2 years without one.
    I took birth control for a long period of time. Then I had a period for 3 months straight and stopped taking it.

    I tweeze my facial twice a week. All the hair on my body grows like wild fire. I also have seborrheic dermatitis. It's like adult cradle cap. It's been the most challenging thing ever. Especially maintenance with an Afro.

    I recently started taking birth control so I can have a cycle. I found out that I had little to no uterine lining. As a result I have a much higher chance of miscarriage. Very hard pill to swallow.

    I take Metformin for the resistance.? Weight lose is a challenge.

    My mom's cycles stopped at 25. She gave birth to me at 36. The seborrheic dermatitis went away and she maintains a healthy weight. There is hope.

  3. 21st February 2017 / 9:23 am

    I'm so glad that we are now speaking about this. I'm 23 and it's hard living with this. Especially the facial hair. It may seem like something small, but when looking into the mirror I can't help but feel self conscious and my insecurities do not help at all. I find myself very unattractive as a result. I am currently not on treatment because I am afraid of gaining weight,I have always battled with it. The fear of having children is also a great concern, even though i am undecided about it, I would love to have the choice.

    I guess I have to put on my big girl panties and go in.

  4. Anonymous
    21st February 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Wow. Thanks for sharing your story. There is hope. ��

  5. 21st February 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Thanks ma'am for sharing your experience. Yes its best to meet things head on no matter how unpleasant. You're young. Anything is possible. Don't lose your desire for kids. Don't believe you're not beautiful because you are. No matter what facial hair. Do what you can to make this manageable. ����~weightlossbella79

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