In the past I have written about the clinical picture of PCOS and why it happens and all the pathophysiology of it. I’ve written about treatments and management and the psychological impact. In the past I’ve talked about my own battle with the condition (still have it 😀 ) and so today I’m trying a different tack…I’m attempting to bring PCOS back on the table but in a celebratory fashion as opposed to a problem.
I love PCOS. And studying it at university yet again has only served to reaffirm my love! It’s not a particularly pleasant condition to have. But it has brought me more in tune with the inner, finer working of the female human body. And our bodies are miraculous. Perhaps massively inefficient – after all other species don’t have periods and they can certainly get pregnant more often than for a few days a month. But the beautiful, complex and intricate nature of our reproductive cycles never ever ceases to amaze me. Starting from the maturation of our eggs (follicles) to ovulation, to fertilisation (that glorious moment when sperm and egg meet) and if allowed – to pregnancy and the birthing of a newborn human. We do that. Us. Women. So many things can go wrong with the process. And normally things don’t go wrong. A gynaecologist once said to me that if a woman never sees her gynaecologist during the nine months then that’s actually a good sign. After all babies have been born for generations. Gynaecologists only came around in the era of modern medicine.
The other reason I absolutely love PCOS is because it has made me more willing to accept unusual things about people. So you stutter? That’s okay I only menstruate a few times a year. So you have a facial deformity? That’s okay, I have hair on my face. So you worry about what other think of you? That’s okay – we all do. And that’s absolutely acceptable because we’re humans. We’re not perfect.
Also PCOS is all about hormones. And about women having hormonal problems. It combines (IMO) the two best specialities in medicine: Gynaecology and Endocrinology. If I could, I would totally create my own speciality called Gynaeo-endocrinology. Here I’d celebrate the different and wonderful and exciting world of hormonal problems that women can have.
Most of the time having health problems is sad. But when our health problems help us become stronger, better individuals, that’s something to celebrate.
I’m proud to be De-cystifying PCOS.
P.S: I have a massive rant about the importance of consent in clinical settings coming up, so watch this space.