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How To Know You Have PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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"How do you know if you have PCOS?" People actually ask me this all the time.  I talk often about having PCOS. I was diagnosed when I was 12, but we knew something was off far before any doctors were telling me I had to go into surgery before my ovary exploded. Soak that up. For real. They really told me that my ovary was going to explode... OKAY, technically they said it could "rupture" and they had to do "ovary drilling", but my 12 year old mind heard:

"HOLY EXPLODING OVARIES, BATMAN!"

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian/Ovary Syndrome affects many women. (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a serious health problem, called a syndrome for the way you can have some but not ALL of the symptoms.  One in ten women have PCOS, and *NEWSFLASH*  not all of them are chubby women! Some people think that PCOS is a disease caused by OBESITY, and while obesity complicates PCOS, it doesn't alway cause it. I am a prime example, I started having symptoms when I was 8.

Some of the symptoms of PCOS impact:

  • Menstrual cycle
  • Ability to have children
  • Hormones
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Appearance

My symptoms manifest like this:

Sounds like a walk in the park, right? The tricky part about PCOS is that it can be very hard to diagnose. Doctors sometimes simply say, "lose weight" or "stop eating sugar". The thing is, your body is smart. Your body will win. I run, play roller derby, and see a nutritionist and losing weight is HARD hard HARD. You can treat PCOS with Metformin, and other drugs that help your body process hormones and insulin appropriately.

The thing I've learned over the years is having enough courage to be your own advocate. If you chose to take the naturopathic or medical route, it is up to you. I choose to take from both approaches. I changed, mostly, the way I eat. I exercise. I reduce my stress through support systems, and I take good care of myself.

Here are some awesome sites I follow for PCOS support and education, only ONE of them is geared directly toward PCOS. I've learned to piece together support and information.

PCOS DIVA

Gracious Pantry

Runs For Cookies

 

 

Have you ever heard of PCOS before? Do you have it? Do you know someone who has it? How do they deal?

 

 

 

 

Are You Teaching Your Daughter to Diet?

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Some of my most detailed childhood memories of my mom were of her dieting. She is still dieting today. I remember her talking about the macrobiotic diet and how she had already lost ten pounds, I remember her using B12 "because it revs your metabolism". She was a phen phen user, swore off bread, and frequently did the cabbage soup diet. I remember my mom as beautiful and strong. I never understood, as child, why she was dieting. She'd use words like fat, chunky, and overweight to describe herself. "I feel disgusting," was a commonplace descriptor she'd use when referring to her body. I remember choosing Yoplait yogurt as a kid because I saw mom doing it, because it would help me be "skinny".  

I was watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta the other day.

I KNOW!

You are SO surprised at my taste in classy entertainment!

So I was watching the RHOA and it was the scene where Kim was getting a body wrap. She was waddling through the house with these wrappings on and saying she hated fitness but loved to lose weight. She made her way out to the pool where her daughter was sun bathing and shouted, "do I look skinny yet?"

This is the message she is sending to her daughter. Here you might be thinking, "oh Jasmine... here you come with your judgey attitude. Tsk Tsk!" To that I say: YOU bet your ass I am going to judge her! Children, even Kim Zolciak's children learn about their bodies and their value through there parental figures. This isn't the only source of identity formation but it is one of the most powerful ones. A young girl sorting out her value sees her mother ask, "am I skinny yet" as if skinny is the apex.

I am not saying the other extreme is doing kids any favors either. I saw my mom binge eat and lay around for years and it impacted me as deeply as her diet mentality did.

Kids overhear things, they observe things, and they integrate things from our lives into their own. It does impact how they see themselves in the world.

I want to give my kids the gift of health and wholeness. I want to show them that your size doesn't determine your quality of life, that healthy movement is the way to go. I want us to celebrate the beauty of food- not punish ourselves with it.

Ladies,

don't teach your daughters how to diet.

 

 

 

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