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So I just barely finished signing up for this program. I've never tried one before and I'm not sure how things will go, but I noticed when I was filling stuff out that under the medical information there was no option for PCOS.
For those of you who do not know, PCOS (or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) affects 1 in 10 women, yet is never really talked about. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 4 months ago. It can first start in the teen years. Some symptoms are being overweight and having trouble losing weight, acne, absence of menstration, excess facial or body hair, thinning of the hair on the scalp, and fertility problems which can affect a woman's self-esteem and confidence. Now I'm not saying that if you have any of these symptoms that you have PCOS, but since it's such a common condition you might want to check with you doctor incase.
I had originally gone to a dermatologist for my ongoing acne problems and he referred me to a OB/GYN for PCOS. I'd never heard of it before, but sure enough had it. It was an answer to so many things for me. Ever since seventh grade my weight kept going up at a constant rate. For me, yes my diet's not the greatest, but it was the same as the rest of my family's, and no one else had weight issues.
After being diagnosed and finding out all the possible health risks in my future (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, infertility, uterine cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer (in your uterus), gestational diabetes, heart attack, stroke and obesity) I was completely overwhelmed. I am only 19 after all. I felt hopeless and began catastrophizing ("I can't have kids", "I'm going to die young of diabetes and a heart attack or stroke", etc.). But through some assurance of my doctors I know that there ARE things I can do to take some preventive measures and even diminish my symptoms (acne, hair, menstration, weight) although it will just take longer than most people.
I'm losing my point, but I really just wanted to bring this up because if 1 in 10 women have this, and i was only 1 of the millions who therefore must not know, I just thought that I should say something about it. Maybe if it were an option on calorie count plus, then maybe at least one person might look it up at least and spread their knowledge to others who might just end up needing it.
I think its because CC can't list everything. However, I have seen threads regarding PCOS, and do agree that it is something that women need to be informed about it. Although I have not been formally diagnosed, while looking for a symptom on WebMD I came across this syndrome, and found that I have a lot of the symptoms that I never thought anything of (irregular periods, hair growth, acne, weight gain...). Honestly, I had mentioned the irregular periods to my OBGYN, and I got on birth control to regulate it. But even he didn't think anything of it (this was also ten years ago). I plan on getting my suspicions confirmed as soon as I have insurance.
If I had found out at 16 (or even 19) I may have been able to do more to help prevent where I'm at now. Its something that obgyn's should have to at least mention to patients who show any symptoms.