1. Having PCOS does not mean that you are any less of a woman.
For me, I struggled with the physical symptoms and changes, and because I felt like crap it was hard for me to feel like a woman sometimes. But I just reminded myself that I wasn’t the only one to struggle with this disorder. Nor was I going to be the last. You are not alone so only allow yourself a five-minute pity party, and then do your best to power through.
2. Some days will be easier than others.
That is a given. On days when you are a hormonal mess and you’re having a day that this is absolute hell, breathe and remember that this is a process but treatable. There will be struggles and most likely a lot of ups and downs that will frustrate you and put you on an emotional rollercoaster. Hang on tight and don’t let go, or give up.
3. Having PCOS does not mean having a family is not out of the picture.
We all know that the definition of having a family can be painted with your own brush. While infertility is linked to PCOS, it is 2018 and the options are there. I just know that for me personally having my own children is not an option. But not every picture of a family has kids in it and that’s okay. I have always seen having a family as a personal choice that you alone make. But sometimes that choice can be made for you. Which takes me to the fourth thing on my list. Define your own version of what a family should look like.
4. Find out what family means to you and work on making that picture a reality.
The beautiful thing about life is that while life may look generic and typical, and yet everyone can make their own life as beautiful and unique as much as they want. Don’t be afraid to dream past a diagnosis. Any diagnose you are given is not the end of dreaming or hoping for whatever ideal life you see for yourself.
5. Take the wheel head on.
Once you do your homework on this condition, and if you are fortunate enough to have a good gynecologist in your corner to help you navigate through your PCOS diagnosis, be open to learning about the condition and the different options that are available. Because PCOS is a different experience for every young woman. So finding the best treatment plan that suits your needs, and shows improvement in your PCOS that is half the battle.
6. Social media is a great avenue for emotional support.
When I first became diagnosed with PCOS, I turned to the internet for additional emotional support. And I met some great women. Now, I am aware that this may not be an option for everyone, because of the fact that having PCOS in my opinion, is a very personal and emotional diagnosis. But anywhere you can find additional support to help you navigate whatever you’re struggling with whether it be a medical issue or not finding positive and additional support is always a plus in my opinion.
7. Stay on top of your symptoms.
PCOS is a hormone disorder and hormones in general change over time. That’s why It’s always a good idea to keep track of symptoms and your cycles in general. And when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, count to 10, take a deep breath and stay as calm as possible. I would also recommend putting down any diet changes. If certain foods or beverages cause your symptoms to flare up, write it down and call your doctor ASAP.
8. Stay on top of all the new medical advances concerning PCOS.
I am a strong believer that knowledge is power. And with medical advances happening every day you never know what will come up. A new study, or a new medication, maybe even a new diet to help with the condition. The possibilities of what could happen in the future for women with PCOS are endless.
9. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid to ask questions.
Getting the diagnosis of PCOS can be very overwhelming and hard to digest. That’s why I encourage all women who are newly diagnosed to write down a list of questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment. I can personally vouch for this one. It helps a great deal. It helps paint a clearer picture for you. When you know exactly what it is you’re dealing with. It also can help a great deal if it comes from your trusted physician. It can be very reassuring to know that you aren’t alone.
10. Keeping a positive attitude is important.
As corny as this sounds a positive attitude does help. While there will be days that keeping that positive attitude will be difficult, but it is not impossible. The diagnosis of PCOS really isn’t the end of the world for us. It’s just different. PCOS will most likely test you in ways you couldn’t imagine before you got the diagnosis. Just keep reminding yourself that you are stronger than any diagnosis you’re given. And that your dreams for your life are always possible. We got this, ladies! PCOS does not have us; we have it and that’s the difference!