"Hey, this PCOS is Ruining Me"
Hi. My name is Sharon, and I am a 17 year old student.
When I was 10 years old I started my periods, my mother was worried as no women in my family had started there periods until the age of 18! When I reached 13 they just seemed to stop!
I had noticed that due to puberty I had put on a lot of weight over the years, I just never seemed to get any sign of a period!
So when I was 15 I went to my local clinic to see if everything was ok! This is when I was diagnosed with PCOS!
The doctor advised me to looe some weight, she had told me that my weight wasn't a huge issue, but I needed to lose some weight!
This has become one of the hardest things I have ever been approached with! I just cannot seem to lose any weight! Recently I joined the local boxercising class, this involves a lot of exercising! I go for a walk every single morning and evening, and take a lot of notice and care of what I do be eating, but nothing is working!
Due to this condition, I have become very unsociable with my friends. I make up a lot of excuses of why not to go out with them! They have started to notice a huge change in my attitude towards socializing!
This condition is ruining my life, I know that may sound stupid or whatever but it is, I am a 17 year old girl, with a long life ahead of me, and all I seem to think about is "Hey, this PCOS is ruining me".
I am wondering if there is any way you can help me, is there any tablets I can get to help me lose weight? Is there anything I can do?
I hope you understand where I'm coming from, and any help would be very grateful!
I understand your concern. We've received hundreds and hundreds of emails very similar to yours.
Here's the bad news. You're at a genetic disadvantage. You will have to work harder than other people do regarding good health practices. And you need to do so for the rest of your life.
Now the good news. PCOS can be controlled, without having to totally rely on pharmaceuticals for years and years and years.
Here's a quick action plan.
1) Never mind what other people may think. You have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This is not your fault. Hold your head up high and go out and enjoy time with your friends. Work really hard on improving your attitude. I know it's difficult. To get control of this disorder, you have to believe in your heart that you are an OK person and deserve to be on the planet as much as anyone else.
2) Start learning. Gobble up as much info about PCOS as you can. A good place to start is this PCOS diet ebook.
See if you can follow this diet, or get as close to it as you're able.
3) Continue with the exercise program. Stay with it very consistently for at least one year. High-intensity exercise can be effective over the long run.
4) Get a vitamin D test from your doctor as soon as possible. Also, have your doctor check your insulin function and your thyroid function.
5) If you have any budget at all, these supplements can be helpful for someone like you:
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6) Get 8 hours of sleep in a completely dark room each night.
7) Forget about your weight. Just focus on getting healthier. If you want to measure something, measure your waist circumference, not your total weight.
8) Be patient and persistent. You will win in the end. I just spoke with a woman who lost nearly 100 lbs. Yeah, it wasn't easy. But she did it. So can you!
- PCOS editor