*Updated: I got a period about a week after I wrote this post! That is four months in a row… Yay!!*
It is PCOS Awareness month so I decided to give my PCOS update. For those of you who are new to the blog you can recap my journey below. I’ve been updating you guys on my PCOS struggles and strides about once a year for a couple of reasons. Mainly I didn’t want the blog to become a sob story or turn it into something that appeared to be for profitable gain. My PCOS journey and struggle is absolutely personal and I share it with you because I want to increase awareness and assure women everywhere that they are not alone in dealing with this condition.
I always get nervous when I share an update because I don’t want people putting their faith in my methods or thinking I have some big reveal or miracle… because I don’t. All I have is my story and my journey and if you are still interested enough to stick around and hear more… than I am more than ready to start sharing.
My 2016 PCOS Update: PCOS Awareness Month
GOOD NEWS: Let’s start with the good… I had a menstrual cycle three months in a row by following my morning routine (linked above). I went vegan back in February to see if that would help with balancing my hormones and get my cycle back on track. I also wanted to cut dairy and red meat out of my life and being Vegan was pretty much the only way I could ween myself off quickly. During the summer my vegan life came to a hault but I was happy to see that the morning routine was paying off. I couldn’t afford drinking that Fertility Tea regularly anymore although it also helped me have a regular cycle both in February and in March. (Organic Fertility Tea) I wasn’t trying to conceive and I felt that I needed to find another way… something I figured would work and not kill my pockets.
I went back to taking Vitex and paired it with Raspberry Red Leaf Pills (the main ingredient in the Organic Fertility Tea). I speak more about the decisions behind my morning routine in my Morning Routine video here.
THE NOT SO GOOD: Even though the morning routine is a bit cheaper than the Fertility Tea route in the long run, it still isn’t cheap or fiscally responsible. To top it off… as of right now my menstrual cycle has not arrived. Over the past three months it has been exactly on time (which is a miracle in itself) and even though I experienced the tender breasts and ovulation symptoms, sad to say no bleeding has occurred. That leads me to believe that maybe this morning routine isn’t as effective as I thought it was, or my eating habits have gotten so far off the rocker that it had affected my progress negatively. That is the thing with PCOS… there is not one easy fit solution or cure, and just when you think you have it beat or figured out… it proves you wrong. It is frustrating. I try not to get my hopes up… but I do and then I’m sadly mistaken and let down by my body.
THE UGLY: So as of today I am actually thinking of going back on birth control which I haven’t been on since April of 2015. I struggled for a very long time to get some type of regularity after that and failed miserably until February 2016. I know birth control can have some adverse affects on the body and really isn’t the best solution for women with PCOS though it is highly recommended and prescribed by doctors. I’ve been draining my pockets with herbal natural remedies that aren’t working 100% of the time. As frustrating as it is, birth control is the most fiscally responsible option for me. I feel like by taking this route I am letting myself down and choosing an easy band aid solution. Even though I am not trying to conceive I consistently yearn for my body to just “do right by me” and it doesn’t.
At the end of the day PCOS is different for everyone. I count my blessings that the worst symptoms I suffer from are simply an infrequent and unpredictable menstrual cycle. I don’t have facial hair issues or problems with my weight (I work out 3-5 times a week to make sure I keep it that way) and I know those symptoms are usually women’s biggest hurdles. However PCOS has me beat this month and I’m just tired. I know I must keep fighting and I will… but it seems that this battle may not end well, but the war will end in my favor!
Have you ever heard of PCOS or know someone who suffers with it? Share your experiences and stories with us below! I’d love to hear them!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.