About a year ago I went to a simple gynecologist visit and I was informed that I had a cyst , caused from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I kind of felt like something was wrong with me in that area (your body will let you know when something is off, you just have to listen to it) I wasn’t surprised when she told me this news but I was frightened. She immediately recommended that I get on birth control, I declined her offer. I have heard tons of stories about how birth control changes your body and it just didn’t sound appealing to me.
Quick little background story about me:
When I was in kindergarten, (I remember this specifically) it was the day after Halloween in the morning and my older brothers friend came over with his candy and we all started eating the candy. Just my luck I got a candy similar to a jaw breaker stuck in my throat! I was terrified, my brother woke up my parents and they helped me get it out of my throat. But I am absolutely convinced that this event is the reason why it is very difficult for me to swallow pills. Along with this difficulty, I don’t like taking medicine when I’m sick, I’d rather my body heal itself.
So taking birth control pills did not sound appealing to me at all. After I finished with the doctors, I looked up ways to get rid of PCOS naturally and the causes of this syndrome.
What I found:
Many doctors say that there isn’t one specific reason as to why someone would have PCOS but there are some things that might cause it.
- Genetics play a very important role in this, my mother has PCOS and she also decided not to take birth control so she is still living with the pain the cysts causes.
- Imbalance of hormones
- Having extra insulin that stimulates the body to produce more testosterone
You may have PCOS if:
- Like me your period is irregular. I only get my period about once every 3 months, and this has been since I got my period, so for about 6 years. If on your period you have extreme pain, if your period lasts for an abnormal amount of days (more or less than 7 days). Mine lasts for about 5 days and the first two days are the worst. I have so much pain I literally feel like throwing up. There are tons other symptoms you don’t necessarily have to have these symptoms, these were just the ones I have. You must learn to listen to your body.
Also if you’re having trouble conceiving, obviously that’s a red flag and something is wrong but there may be a possibility that you have PCOS. I’m not trying to conceive just yet, I’m not at that stage in life but I have always had a fear that I may not be able to conceive. And knowing that I have this problem triggers more fear that when the time comes it’ll be difficult for me. But this is just motivation for me to heal my body so I won’t have this problem any longer.
My dad has been trying to live and eat better as well and he sent me a book that he bought from Jillian Michaels called Master Your Metabolism. The book spends about 2 pages talking about PCOS, the causes and what needs to be done to get rid of it. Jillian talks about how PCOS is one of the most common hormonal problems for women in the United States (So I know I’m not alone on this).
Jillian Michaels lists some things to do to help your PCOS:
- Monitor your blood sugar
- Lose 10 percent of your weight, this is said to help make your menstrual cycle regular
- Quit smoking
- Stick to organic dairy
Along with reading up on Jillian Michaels, I also e-mailed my favorite blogger, Organic Olivia. I told her everything about my situation she replied with saying that birth control is never the answer and that cysts are pockets of parasites. In order to get rid of PCOS you have to cleanse your body of parasites, eat 100% organic, no soy, eat plant based nutrient rich foods, eat grass fed organ meats and wild fish.
What I have been doing:
Eating 100% organic is kind of hard for me, I’m not going to lie. I love food and all kinds of it. Regardless of this I have been doing the parasite cleanse. When I first found out that I had cysts, my doctor asked why I went to visit her and why I decided to get an ultrasound and I told her that I just wanted to know what was happening with my body. She proceeded to tell me that I had a cyst but I also had fluid indicating that a cyst had previously erupted. Now, the eruption of a cyst is very painful, so I’ve heard, so I didn’t even know that this happened to me. And it happened right after I finished my parasite cleanse. So I’m convinced that these are pockets of parasites (what else would explain the eruption but no pain?) So that is why I’m taking the parasite cleanse again. Whenever I do the parasite cleanse I feel renewed and full of energy. I highly recommend everyone to do this, even if you don’t have PCOS and even if you aren’t a woman. It is necessary in life.
Along with this I have been TRYING to eat organic, trying to limit my meat and dairy intake because both of these contain lots of chemicals and hormones, which is my main problem, my hormone imbalance. So if I do consume meat and dairy I’m trying for it to only be organic and from a grass fed animal. And because I love food so much I have been trying to make up a bunch of recipes and teach myself how to cook healthier, that’s the main reason for this blog. To help myself become better and to tell others about my journey, so in the end we both see my results and hopefully I can teach other people what I know.
Also exercising is very important. I’m lazy but I have been going outside and exercising for the past couple of weeks. It’s good when you have a goal, like trying to get the perfect spring break body, which is mine (haha) but I’m not going to stop at spring break, I’m just going to continue to make small goals and try to accomplish them.
Now for my hormone imbalance, I’m taking DIM which is a vegetable extract that comes from Kale and broccoli that helps to balance estrogen levels.
Also very important, get rid of plastic containers, plastic bottles, tuber ware and such items that you hold your food in. You need containers that are BPA free. So I bought a new glass water bottle, which I’m in love with, and glass food containers for my lunch and snacks.
I’m not saying that I’m free from my PCOS, I still have to go back and get another ultrasound but hopefully what I’ve been doing has been helping me get rid of this syndrome.
“The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person you used to be in the past.”
Keep moving forward.
Happy Friday ❤