Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Imogen's Story
In this episode, Imogen talks about her diagnosis of polycystic ovaries. She talks about the embarrassing symptoms that go along with the disorder and what might've been a factor in causing it. Are you at risk for PCOS?
Hello. My name is Imogen and I'm from the United Kingdom. I have something called polycystic ovarian syndrome. When I first noticed problems with my health when I was around 20. I started growing kind of excess hair on my face and on my body. That was like really upsetting for me. You kind of just feel like you're turning into a man, which is not very nice at all. And some other, actually affects, I had so much greasy skin, and you know, for a young woman who's 20, it was -it was hard -hard for me to take. It was more the physical appearance of things.
So I went to the doctors and then they did some blood tests and when they came back it showed I had too much of a male hormone called testosterone. They also wanted me to have a scan of my womb. When they told me I had polycystic ovarian syndrome, I was really shocked at first because it is actually associated with being quite overweight, obese in fact. And so I was really shocked, and angry that I had to -I thought, you know, did I do something wrong. I wasn't very happy about it. And also, at 20 years old, to be diagnosed with something [full stop] when you think you're young and healthy, is, yeah, really hard to take. I found it very difficult. Very difficult.
So the treatment options for that really is the oral contraceptive pill, and today, I'm still fine on that treatment. But I do have my worries about the future, maybe when I'm 30 it's going to be a lot harder for me to conceive. I come from a big family, so I'd like a big family.
So if you think you have polycystic ovaries, or you have lots of the symptoms of the syndrome, I think the first thing to do is to not panic. You really have to look after diet and make sure you're not too overweight because that completely reduces the symptoms in people who are diagnosed being obese. I mean, and also, there are so many products [on the high street] to help with things, you know, everyone gets waxed, everyone's got a little bit of mustache, so it's really no -not such a big issue as you might think.