I went to the gynecologist because I was having irregular periods, then I got a blood test and it was determined that I had a mild hormonal imbalance. The imbalance was due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). MY PCOS isn’t quite as severe as the picture, but I definitely have a mild case brought on by weight gain. It’s kind of embarrassing , but it’s something a lot of women have to deal with. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is when the hormones in a woman’s body become imbalanced, usually the progesterone is too low or androgen too high. This can cause irregular menstrual cycles. The syndrome is worsened by weight gain. I have gained quite a bit of weight over the last year or so. Before when I was a healthy weight, my periods came every month as they were supposed to. But, since I’ve gained weight, I have had very irregular periods. I didn’t get my period for nearly 3 months. I’m menstruating right now, but I know the only way to regulate my cycle is to lose this weight.
Sometimes with polycystic ovarian syndrome, small fluid filled cysts can form on the ovaries and in the long term, this can lead to infertility or even cancer if you don’t either get on medication or lose the weight. PCOS can often be completely eliminated through weight loss and healthy eating habits. This is why there is even more pressure on me to lose weight. If I don’t lose weight, when I want to have children in the near future, that could be a challenge. Now, my PCOS isn’t so severe that I need medication just yet. I can take herbs like Vitex and my period will come, but if I don’t get control of my weight, it could progress to a point where I could need medicine. I’m fortunate because sometimes women who have PCOS can have very imbalanced hormones and sometimes women can grow facial hair from an abundance of androgens (male hormones). My hormone levels aren’t that unbalanced yet, but I have to be careful.
Black women are disproportionately affected by PCOS. This I attribute largely to the obesity epidemic and poorer health care overall. So, this is my challenge. I know I can lose the weight, I am about 30lbs overweight, yes I’ve gained 30 lbs over the last year (sick, I know). I was depressed and eating because I had no friends at college. But, now I’m home and I have to start from square one ALL OVER AGAIN and lose this weight ALL OVER AGAIN! It sucks, but I am going to do it. I’ve thrown my brownies, potato chips and junk food out. I plan to work out consistently, maybe get a personal trainer and I am going to try and eat a salad (with LIGHT dressing) with every meal, double up on fruits and vegetables and cut out the junk food, except once in a while. I also plan to go consistently to weight watchers. With discipline and consistency, I know I can do this.
Plus, I’m sick of being fat. I know I’ve got a nice shape naturally, I try not to be a boastful person, but I like my body when it’s in it’s natural shape, I think I look nice. So, I would like to get back to my natural healthy weight and now is the time to lose weight because by summer if I work hard I could have lost more than 30 lbs.