I KNOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE LIKE “EWWW” BUT PCOS NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT AND SOMEONE HAS TO BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO SHARE THERE EXPERIENCES SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, DON’T READ IT!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the syndrome in which eggs are unable to be released from the ovaries due to a hormonal imbalance between male and female hormones in a woman’s body, forming many tiny cysts on the ovaries. Sometimes it is hard for a woman who isn’t trying to conceive to be taken seriously about their symptoms, which was exactly my struggle. A year on from my diagnosis and I was finally told I was able to have my hormone treatment in the form of the contraceptive pill – IF I HAD AN INDUCED PERIOD!!!
Doctors will sometimes need to induce a woman’s period when she hasn’t had one in a while in order to prevent the development of other medical conditions such as endometriosis. The induction process requires taking a tablet every morning for 5 days to ‘trick’ your body into thinking you are going to start.
I had the first tablet and that afternoon, I could already feel the effects of the hormones as I began to feel moody and tearful – crying on the bus home from university for no reason was embarrassing to say the least. I knew from then that this experience was going to be the lowest point in my PCOS battle so far.
The period that followed the tablets happened around 5 days after and needless to say it was the heaviest and most horrifically painful experience of my life. It lead to me ruining several pairs of trousers despite the fact I’d already doubled up on my protection. I had cramp that was so bad, even chocolate and Ibuprofen couldn’t cure it. I even missed university because my body couldn’t cope without needing to sleep every few hours.
I think it’s safe to say that in the future I never want to let myself get to the point where I need to do this again.