What is PCOS?
So, there I was, age 21, having just finished University, told I had this condition, and that I may never have children without any medical help. I felt very lost and alone – I felt like I was the only one in the world with this condition, and I didn’t know what to do.
There was no help available, no-one to turn to for any advice, so I started doing my own research on the internet, but all of the information was American. I then discovered Verity (the self-help group for women with PCOS), and I can say this without a shadow of a doubt – Verity saved me. The information and advice they provided was invaluable at a time when there was nowhere else to turn to.
PCOS and my Confidence
After having PCOS for over 10 years now, I still struggle every day with the symptoms, which for me are being overweight, bad skin, excess facial hair, and low mood. My self-confidence has really taken a nose dive over the last few years, and I always struggle with how I look and feel about myself. People are quick to judge – they see a larger lady like me, and they make assumptions that I am fat, unhealthy and eat cream cakes all day long. Nothing could be further from the truth, but people can be very nasty and they think its ok to call you names and make assumptions about you when they know nothing about you at all.
I sometimes feel that having PCOS has robbed me of my femininity, and I keep saying to my boyfriend that I don’t understand how he can find me attractive, he tells me that he does, but this is where I struggle the most.
Having read this post back, I realise I have rambled on quite a bit, and it appears that I am feeling super sorry for myself. I’m not sure if I will edit this post before I publish it – or do you guys want to know the real story of living with PCOS and low confidence?
If any of you reading this post have recently been diagnosed with PCOS, let me know in the comments below.
For more information on PCOS and for support and advice, have a look at Verity’s website here