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Friday, October 17, 2008

I Have PCOS; PCOS Does Not Have Me!

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have:

-high levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them.
-missed or irregular periods
-many small cysts (sists) in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs.

Because of going un/misdiagnosed for several years, my doctor had bad news. Earlier this year, I was told I had a uterine polyp that had to be surgically removed. I was so upset! I hate taking medicine; so the real prospect of surgery was frightening. I took the meds my doctor prescribed and I must say I am ecstatic that it caused me to shed the polyp. The doctor also confirmed that not eating high sugar, starch foods causes a reduction in cysts. This is something that wholistic healer Queen Afua told me months earlier.

I am on a PCOS diet now in addition to taking my meds. This means I no longer eat bananas, watermelon, pineapples, white rice, corn, white flour products, processed food, cake, candy, simple sugar, or white bread. I am also a vegetarian and have been for years. So the prospect of a no meat, low glycemic diet seemed hard at first. But now, I am a pro at it. What I haven't mastered is cutting cheese out of my diet. I do now only eat organic cheese that has less than 1% milk fat.

I plan to cook more now because it is so limiting to eat out with no starch AND no meat. If I start to post food, please humor me. I want to share recipes and receive them. I just went grocery shopping for all live foods. I have way more energy than I used to have eating lots of carbs.

Another part of controlling PCOS is to have regular exercise. This has been the hardest thing to incorporate into my busy life although I have lost weight and inches. I am encouraged, inspired, prayerful, and thankful!!!

I am off to fill my prescriptions now. TTYL!

15 comments:

N'Drea ~ the Storyteller said...

I'm cheering you on! You can do it!!!

Nihuru said...
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CarmenNC said...

Bless your heart, please update on this. I've known I've had PCOS for years. Once my period started coming on regularly, I threw all the rules out the door. I'm going to the doctor Monday and will probably be given the rules again. So I'll be back to your blog looking for strength.

Meikmeika said...

I'm so happy to hear you didn't have to go under the knife!!! If medication and diet can take care of it, it's all for the better.

I look forward to your recipe posts and food pics. If anything, it will inspire you to not be as monotonous with foods. Cutting out white products is one of the best things you can do.. Brown Rice, Whole Wheat pasta, Whole Wheat bread(which is pretty easy to make yourself), & using Whole Wheat & Whole Wheat Pastry Flours for baked goods. Buckwheat Pancakes are to die for. Can you have agave nectar, honey or maple sugar?

Great job on the weight loss.

I'm rooting for you!!!!!

DiVA_La Reine said...

Amen for no surgery!! I know you must have been thrilled, food restrictions are hard, we had to change some of the things we purchase because my mother's health but now the brown rice and wheat pastas, breads and all that stuff is becoming second nature. That spread of vegetables on your counter is already making me so hungry so I can't wait to see the food pictures. Another blog for me to salivate over!

Keep on with the workout, doesn't it feel good to walk by a mirror and see yourself morphing into the person you know you are inside?

Season for change and everyone's caught the spirit. Rooting for you :)

Naturally Sophia said...

@ N'drea- I appreciate yur encouraging words.

Nihuru- Thanks.I appreciate you sharing the info of diverticulosis. I had not heard of that before now.

Carmen- I just wanted to tell you I am here for support whenever you need it. I also wanted to share that once you start a regular period, you could still have a poly-cystic ovary if you have the condition. The doctor had to do an internal ultrasound to the cysts. Be well!

Meikmeika- Thanks! Being a veggie is not new to me as you know. But cooking veggie is a whole different challenge! I definitely need to practice and prepare. I notice I go off my diet if I haven't planned my meals.

I can have jellies and syrup sparingly. I don't mind the cutting out of sugar. But I my taste buds are missing those simple starches right now. Thanks for rooting for me!

Diva La Reine- I just love this statement "doesn't it feel good to walk by a mirror and see yourself morphing into the person you know you are inside?"

Yes, yes it does!

Au Naturale said...

so glad you didn't have surgery! i had an ovarian cyst the size of an orange cut out of me 2 years ago...NOT FUN! i am definitely looking to start living a healthier lifestyle so i definitely will be following your blog for food ideas! stay encouraged...after a month it will probably be second nature!

Goodnapps said...

Well congratulations deary. Continue to stay motivated and I wish you the best.

still waters said...

I am sending you some good vibes too...sounds like your mind and spirit are in the right place!!! That spread in your kitchen is inspiring, keep on doing what you are doing!!

The Wonderer said...

I also have PCOS and was given the option for surgery and I opted out. I have not changed my diet though even though I do see signs of no pain and discomfort when I do eat or dont eat from my list and I exercise but... sigh. My cysts and me are prob linked forever. lol. Good luck with everything.

Naturally Sophia said...

Thank you all!

Angel Locs said...

Hi Sophia,

Thanks so much for such an informative post on PCOS. I too have PCOS I learned about my condition at a very young age, at that time I also learned that I had a bicornius uterus which is a two horned uterus which was also a cause of infertility however God Blessed me with two beautiful daughters.

I would like to learn more about your diet and recipes.

I have never considered altering my diet due to PCOS, I was just told a month ago that I have a mass on one of my ovaries and am in need of another US.

This would be a good time to really think about changing my diet.

Thanks again
Great Post

Naturally Sophia said...

Hi Angel Locs! I tried to respond to you offline via e-mail. However, your e-mail isn't posted anywhere. PCOS is best diagnosed by a specialist. I was misdiagnosed earlier, a few years ago. A low glycemic diet is what PCOS patients should follow as PCOS causes one to be insulin resistant. Find a good doctor and have them due an internal ultrasound. You should be able to see the cysts yourself. Also, other tests need to be ran to see if you are at risk for anything else. Symptoms reside when you are in the weight range for your height too. Thanks for your feedback.

Naturally Sophia said...

Hi Angel Locs! I tried to respond to you offline via e-mail. However, your e-mail isn't posted anywhere. PCOS is best diagnosed by a specialist. I was misdiagnosed earlier, a few years ago. A low glycemic diet is what PCOS patients should follow as PCOS causes one to be insulin resistant. Find a good doctor and have them due an internal ultrasound. You should be able to see the cysts yourself. Also, other tests need to be ran to see if you are at risk for anything else. Symptoms reside when you are in the weight range for your height too. Thanks for your feedback.

Latonya said...

Wow. We have so much in commom! I just came to site to see your sisterlocks (which I am getting Feb 06, yea!) and I saw your section PCOS. I have just been diagnosed with by my endochrinologist. No more carbs. I am not a vegatarian, but I am a triathelete. Over a period of two years I have gain 50 pounds while doing and training for my events. That's how I knew something was wrong. well, it is all for the better - No relaxers and No bad carbs!!