I got my first period, aged 11. It was incredibly painful. I literally couldn’t move. Around the same time, I decided to become a vegetarian. My parents didn’t support my decision, of course, so this resulted in me following a terrible diet for about 2 years. I basically lived on cereal while training in swimming 3 times per week. At some point, my BMI dropped significantly, and my doctor told me I was underweight.
Within a few months, I stopped having my period, was covered in acne and faced problems with dandruff. I went to see a dermatologist, endocrinologist and gynecologist. They ran a couple of blood tests and ultrasounds, discovering I had alleviated DHEAS levels and ovaries full of cysts–all part of a syndrome called PCOS. I have been on birth control ever since.
Problem solved? Not really… First of all, my symptoms didn’t disappear, they just lessened. Secondly, every now and then, as my body adjusts to the dosage, I start puking, feeling bloated or am extra sensitive to smell, not to mention my depression because of the skin condition I have to deal with. I don’t think anybody, except for my fellow cystas, understands what its like to live with a disease that cannot be cured. There are days I wish I was dead. However, my friends never let me lose hope, and I am eternally grateful for that. It is my b-day in about 2 weeks, and I am seeing a nutritionist in order to start a fertility diet. I also decided to give phytotheraphy a shot next year. Maybe one day, I’ll manage to treat my symptoms without synthetic drugs.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.