My identity shall remain unknown but not my story. I’m sure my story is the same as many of you troubled with PCOD. Living with PCOD takes a heavy toll on my entire lifestyle. I’m a woman with PCOD (Polycystic Ovary disease), the most common endocrine disorder in women these days. I was diagnosed with PCOD at the age of 16. The thought of sharing a story of a PCOD patient first came into my mind only to create awareness about it –As people are still ill-informed and have misconceptions about PCOD. 

The first symptom that I noticed was my irregular periods. At first, I shrugged it off, didn’t tell anyone. After a certain time, I began to worry that it wasn’t normal. And when my parents took me to an ObGYN (An obstetrician-gynecologist), I was sent for an ultrasound to confirm if I had PCOD/PCOS or not. And since the results of that test arrived, my journey as a PCOD patient started.  

Living with PCOD: Story of an Artist with PCOD
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At first, my parents were being skeptical about whether I should go for homeopathy treatment or allopathy. Finally, after going through some research my parents decided to consult a homeopathy doctor for my PCOD –I’m glad they did! In my experience homeopathy was a better option than allopathy because in allopathy they’re gonna hand you a bunch of birth control pills to regulate your period but internally your body functioning will get hampered.

It’s hard for anyone who has never experienced the same to completely understand the impact PCOD can have on you. It’s quite a personal process. Everyone has their different journey living with it. I was confused, depressed, anxious, and desperate at the beginning to find answers to my growing health issues. However, I was neither aware of the full extent of my condition, nor I discussed it. I kept asking myself, with all the patience in the world—Why it is happening to me? Why I’m gaining so much weight? Why I’m getting so cranky? Why I’m not getting a period that supposed to happen naturally? And a bunch of more!  

Photo by Anna Shvets
Photo by Anna Shvets

PCOD is such an issue that can be dealt with awareness and knowledge; not only the patients but also their peers and companions need to get educated. I don’t understand why people associate it with such stigma and taboos. Let’s Talk PCOD!

PCOD is most commonly diagnosed if there are irregular periods or no period at all, excessive hair loss, facial hair, weight gain, acne, etc. Sometimes PCOD strikes because of sudden weight gain or you gain weight rapidly due to PCOD—it can be both ways.

Read more about PCOD/PCOS here
How PCOD PCOS affect your art and creativity

Your metabolism drops way down than what it should be. Besides, there are other symptoms and disorders comes with it –like I had to go through depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood swings, hypertension, fatty liver disease, stress, unbearable abdominal pain, anger issue, fatigue, less motivation, constipation, palpitation, binge eating, insomnia –a hell of a lot! 

There have been days I opened my eyes to the so-called “new-day” and felt like closing them again; not getting up felt more comfortable. Today, after 5 years of multiple treatments, medications, and exercises, I have finally passed the phase. However, even today there are days when I feel good and believe that life makes perfect sense, suddenly my eyes well-up with tears for no reason.  

Being an artist, my life has blighted by PCOD in many ways. As an artist, I tend to be a little more empathetic, emotional, anxious, and vulnerable; and all these only get heightened by PCOD. It affects your physical health as well as mental health. The constant battle of hormones going inside causes fatigue that affects my productivity. And in the end, my creativity suffers. It becomes really difficult to push myself to create a new art piece or even write my journal regularly. Some days, I can feel the adrenaline pumping through my body and get started with my paintbrush. And on the next day, I feel crappy and fragile.

How some lifestyle changes helped me: 

At the age of 20, I began researching thoroughly about PCOD. With the help of my other Cysters’ journey on YouTube, I’ve garnered a lot of knowledge about PCOD. I read a lot of blogs to gain as much knowledge as I could. It helped me to realize the importance of making some lifestyle changes along with medications. It’s essential to have a proper diet and exercise regime to control the symptoms; only medicines cannot help you out. The essential lifestyle changes I made are down below. 

1. Eat healthily! I ditched all those processed or junk foods that I have been gorging on.

2. I replaced my favorite alcohol while partying with non-aerated drinks with natural juices. Most importantly, I started to drink more water to keep myself hydrated.  

Photo by Gustavo Fring 2
Photo by Gustavo Fring

3I try to meditate for positive thoughts and practice yoga regularly for distressing every muscle of my body through it. I love doing pilates and cardio as well. Don’t be a couch potato—this is the golden rule that I applied to my life to cure PCOD. There’s no need to join a gym, 30 minutes daily or 3 times a week is enough. 

4. I find it difficult to track my last period and it’s important to track your period while suffering from PCOD. So an app to track the dates and symptoms serves heavenly for me. You can check out several options available on iOS or Android. I’ll recommend you to keep a check on your period through Flo (period tracker application available on play store) as in my experience, it was the most helpful.  

5. I try to take at least 7 hours of sleep and read good motivational books to stay positive. To keep myself distressed I often engross in fictional books or good web-series.  

My battle is still going, but the effects are slowing down lately because of the medication and the lifestyle changes I have made. I’ve full faith that it’ll get cured completely one day. Having PCOD doesn’t mean your life is over. But it can suck down the energy of it. The one thing I’ve learned in all these years is to never feel ashamed of having PCOD as it’s not your fault. It shouldn’t restrain you from living a normal happy life. Stop worrying about your body image and focus on how to cure PCOD.  

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Special Note:

If any of the above-mentioned symptoms you feel relatable, it’s time to visit a gynecologist and to get yourself tested. It’s really important to talk about PCOD or PCOS and spread awareness. So many people are unaware or they just don’t talk about it as they’re more concerned about what people might think. It’s time to come out of your shell.

As long as you believe in yourself you can get rid of PCOD for your well-being and you’ll not be bothered by what people think.

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