No periods for 6 months. No spotting, no cramps, nothing.
At 17, this is what landed me at the gynecologist’s office. You may ask why I waited for 6 months. Part of it was embarrassment to discuss it with my mum and dad. The other part was that, since I’d gotten my first period at 10 (!) I had literally never had regular monthly cycles. It was normal for me to get a period only once every 2-3 months.
The doctor checked my weight. I was 5″2 and 65kg (143 lbs). She asked about my period, how long it lasts, whether it was painful, how many pads I changed in a day.She pointed out the excess hair growth on my face, especially on my chin (I still get a stubble like a teenage boy if I don’t do something about it for a week or two)
She said it looks like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and ordered an ultrasound scan. Sure enough, there they were. Multiple small cysts in both my ovaries.
I remember feeling scared, and worried. I had no idea what this was, I’d never heard of it. The doctor told me that things will get better once I lose some weight. She advised me to eat a more balanced, nutritious diet. I was put on oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) to induce periods for 3 months. Her idea was that, by that time, I’d lose some weight and things would get back on track.
Now, I never thought about doing a lot of research on PCOS at that time. In my head, the OCPs were the medicine for my PCOS and that was that. I really had no clue how complex this beast of a hormonal disorder really is.
To be continued