Overweight, hairy and miserable.
Two years after my diagnosis with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I was struggling with symptoms and my body showed no signs of changing. The doctor’s advice to lose weight and eat healthy went out of the window after a few months. The OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) gave me the false confidence that everything was okay, since my period would come 5-6 days after I finished the tablets.
I was back to craving junk food, and ate whatever I wanted and paid no attention to exercise. I had stopped the OCPs after a few months, and my periods were regular for a few months, then slowly went back to being erratic.
I landed back at the doctor’s office when I again, hadn’t had a period in 3 months.This time, I was told to stay on OCPs till I want to conceive. Again, the same old advice, to lose weight.
As days went by, I became more committed to losing weight. I’d eat a very light, early dinner or skip dinner and power walk around the apartment complex. I lost weight really slowly, to around 63 kg and worked hard on maintaining it.
In 2013, I got married, and along with a husband, I gained 8 kg in 6 months! I was now at my peak weight of 71 kg, I had stopped the OCPs and there was no period in sight.
To be continued