Unexpected wrench in the plan…. PCOS Diagnosis.

So a lot of us talk about injuries that affect our running/training.  I’ve never been one to talk about my health other than that.  And if you don’t care to hear about it – feel free to stop reading here.  I felt like I wanted to share about this because a lot of things in my life are being affected by this diagnosis of (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) PCOS.

I had decided to stop taking my birth control pill at the end of 2016.  I had been taking it for many years to control my painful cycles.  Michael and I want to start a family, and going off the pill was the first step.

At first, I felt great.  The mental/emotional clarity I felt was great.  And to my surprise, my cycles weren’t awful! But after awhile, I began to notice that my cycles weren’t consistent in length.  So when I went for my annual checkup in April 2017, I was told to come back if they didn’t normalize.

Fast forward to last week – they had normalized over the summer, but then went crazy in the fall.  So I went in to see my doctor since they were still abnormal and we had been trying to conceive for over a year.

He had me come back the next day for an ultrasound to confirm his suspicion.  They did confirm that I have PCOS.  This is mostly characterized by cysts on the ovaries, and it comes with litany of other symptoms and issues. The ones that I’ve been affected by is weight gain and issues conceiving.

Since PCOS is an endocrine disorder, it affects other aspects of hormone regulation.  Most people with PCOS are insulin resistant, hence the weight gain I’ve experienced.

So to combat this, I’ve been put on a drug called metformin (which is typically used for diabetes) to get my hormone levels corrected.  I will also have to pretty strictly follow a whole food diet (with a focus on low carb, high protein) to combat the insulin resistance.

The first few days have not been fun.  The side effects are mostly GI related, and I’ve had them! I’ve also noticed a decreased energy level.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it over time, but right now, it stinks!

I still have a lot of learning and research to do to find out how to change my lifestyle to accommodate for PCOS, but I know I want to find the most natural options for me to combat this.

If any of you have experience with this – follow any bloggers with PCOS – please share.  I have a lot of learning to do and it pretty overwhelming!