I stopped taking "the pill" and now I don't have PCOS.
(Sydney NSW Australia)
I was first diagnosed at 21, and I am now 23 years old and I do not have PCOS anymore.
One day before my 16 birthday I got my period. It was a shock, I always wondered where it was, and just last month my 13 year old sister got hers, same age as my mum was.
Anyway once I got them I hated it, the pain was unbearable and I just wanted to eat chocolate and sleep.
Then once it was gone, I didn’t get it for another 5 months. Which my mother said this was normal for just starting.
Then On my 17th birthday I got them for the 3rd time, and I also started going out with my boyfriend. I was sexually active, but the pain was so bad that I didn’t want to have to explain myself to him when I was taking a week off from everything to hide in my bedroom.
So Mum took me to the doctors. The doctor prescribed me with “the pill” saying it will help with the pain and regulate my cycle, and it did.
I still used pain killers, but it wasn’t as bad as it once was.
Skip 4.5 years and I popped the last pill.
I was still with my boyfriend. I developed Bulimia, It started as a small diet and ended up being 3 months of binging, purging, starving, extreme exercise.
I remember having very high highs, and very low lows. I cried a lot and the only way I got over it was by going on a holiday with my boyfriend where we ate, relaxed and I didn’t have to think about it.
Then in the last days of our trip he proposed, and I said goodbye to Bulimia forever. 9 months later I still hadn’t had my period. I went to a random doctor to get checked, she requested blood tests and ultrasounds, it was then I found out I had PCOS.
I was prescribed the pill again, which I started to take but due to my crazy schedule at home I missed many times to take it, so I decided to just stop it.
I was never a big girl, but stopping the pill helped me lose 2 kilos, and I LOVED it.
Another reason to not go on it. I tried to be healthy and I tried exercise, but I wasn’t going to the gym, I was in an office job, and ate cakes 3 times a week, and loved chocolate, diet coke etc.
Just an average young girl with a fast metabolism. I got married at age 22, and now I am 23.
I went back to the doctors to talk about getting pregnant where the doctor basically abused me for not being on the pill as prescribed, and then abused me for having 20 different doctors instead of 1. (This reason being I've moved a lot in the past 5 years, and due to work I am constantly in different areas different times of the day, I pick the doc based on what's best for me. Not them!)
Anyway, he requested more updated tests, which I was very annoyed about, but did it anyway to “shut him up”.
It was then found that I no longer have PCOS. I took the previous and recent results and ex-rays to another doctor who claimed I did have it, and now I don’t.
Not sure what I did, but I blame the pill. And I'm not sure if it will come back, but I hope it doesn’t.
Good luck to everyone who has PCOS, I hope they find a cure... or something.
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