This is my PCOS rollercoaster story.
My PCOS journey started about six years ago. My period started coming twice a month instead of only once as it did until then, and would often last for two weeks. This happened shortly after I went on the pill.
I am not saying that the pill caused my PCOS, because we have a family history of hormonal issues, and it could be a coincidence, but it could have brought on the symptoms.
I probably tried ten different types of oral contraceptives, as doctors were trying to use the pill to try and regulate my hormones that were busy taking me on a rollercoaster ride. There was a lot of crying involved, and my anxiety also became a lot worse around the same time that my PCOS symptoms started surfacing.
Eventually, I stopped taking any hormones whatsoever, and had a copper intrauterine device (IUD) inserted, which is hormone-free.
My skin started improving slightly, and I basically returned to the way I looked as a teenager. I still have acne, but it is not nearly as bad as it was when I was taking hormones.
Over the next few years, I started changing my diet to reduce inflammation and insulin to improve my PCOS symptoms. I cut out sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, caffeine, trans fats, and basically anything processed 90% of the time.
When we went on holiday to America in the middle of 2017, things became worse, even though I did not think they could. I got my period while on holiday, and then it did not go away for a year and a half.
I am not kidding. PMS became my new normal, but luckily, I have the most understanding husband in the world. He supported me through all the tears and mood swings, and even married me during this time. I should probably get him a trophy or something. There must be a world record for how long a man has been able to handle his wife’s PMS mood swings and make it look nearly effortless.
As a wedding present, he told me I could have a DNA test done to see if anything would pop up that would help me figure out what the problem was. I did. I saw that my body had a problem with breaking down excess estrogen, which led to low progesterone. This was the reason for my period not ending.
The doctor recommended that I eat cruciferous vegetables and start taking a DIM supplement, which is derived from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage.
I also found out that I have the MTHFR gene mutation, which makes it hard for my body to convert folic acid into its active form, folate.
A few days after starting to take folate and DIM, while loading up my plates with broccoli and cauliflower, my period stopped.
I was overjoyed, but then it did not come back for three months. This felt very new, and I thought that my body probably just took a break from, you know, giving blood for that long. It came back after three months, and then I started getting it every two weeks again like before.
This continued for about four months. But then, four months ago, it disappeared again for three months. Last month, I got my period and it lasted for three days.
Can my body just make up its mind already? I would like to have kids in the next few years, and I am not sure what my body is doing. Hopefully, if I carry on researching and trying new things, my hormones will be more balanced and my period will be a bit more predictable and regular by the time we start trying.
I will keep you updated on what works and what does not for my body. For now, things are not too bad, and I cry about 80% less than I did last year, which is already a big win.
But yeah, that is my story of how my PCOS has taken me on a PMS rollercoaster ride.