PCOS · Sarah Miles

‘My PCOS story’ by Sarah Miles

I was officially diagnosed with PCOS in 2002, but in all honesty, I think I had been suffering with the symptoms of PCOS for several years beforehand. I had put on a lot of weight in a short space of time, and I had been having to pluck the hairs out of chin every day for at least a year before I was diagnosed.

In order to get a correct diagnosis, I had to have a series of tests done, including full blood tests, urine test, MRI scan and an internal Ultrasound scan (which was quite frankly yuck).  I was referred to see an Endocrinology Consultant at my local hospital, who told me the news that I had PCOS, and there wasn’t much to help me with the condition, just to try and manage my weight and when I wanted children, go back and see them and they would offer me some fertility help.

I felt very isolated, as I had never heard of anyone else with the condition and there was no information out there to help or advise me on how to manage the condition. I decided to try and find out more about the condition on my own, but when researching on the internet, I found a lot of the information and support networks were all American based. I then discovered Verity (the self-help group for UK women with PCOS) and without a shadow of a doubt, Verity saved me. I was at the point of feeling so alone, so isolated and feeling like I was the only person in the whole world with this condition.  I was able to get information about PCOS, what causes it, how to manage it, and just knowing I wasn’t alone helped to feel more able to cope with everything.

After having PCOS for over 10 years now, I still struggle every day with the symptoms and managing the symptoms. I also struggle with my self-confidence, which is mainly due to the effects of living with the symptoms of PCOS. The symptoms I mainly suffer with are excess facial hair, being overweight, bad skin, and losing hair. I do sometimes feel that having PCOS has robbed me of my femininity, especially when it comes to plucking the excess facial hair out of my chin – there is definitely nothing sexy or feminine about doing that every day.

We live in a world where people make assumptions about you from the way you look, and I do struggle with this as well. Yes, I am a larger lady, but I am not a fat pig who eats cream cakes all day – in fact nothing could be further from the truth – I have lost over 5 stone following the Slimming World plan, and I intend to keep going – to help myself manage not only my PCOS, but my self-confidence as well.

It has only been in the last few years that I have really started telling people about my PCOS, and feeling more comfortable talking about the condition, and knowing that I am not alone makes it all the more easier.

If you would like to find out more information about Verity and the work they do to help women with PCOS, have a look at their website www.verity-pcos.org.uk.

You can read more of Sarah’s writing on her blog: beautyaddict32@blogspot.com

One thought on “‘My PCOS story’ by Sarah Miles

  1. I hesitated hitting “like” on this, because I didn’t want to say I was liking your experience. However, I wanted to show your support and my appreciation that you are sharing your experience, for others who might be going through what you’re going through, and also the awareness it raises.


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