Posted on 7th April 2016

My Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: part two

Lifestyle

Hello lovely people! This post is a continuation of my previous post on polycystic ovary syndrome, which you can find here. In this post I will talk about my medication, how my PCOS has effected me and how I keep control of the symptoms. I will add the same disclaimer to this post which I added on my last: please remember that every experience is different and if you have any concerns after reading this, ask your GP. I am not a doctor and I know through my own mistakes to never self-diagnose.

I finished my last post by sharing my moment of diagnosis, so I will continue where I left off and share my medication with you. When prescribing me with the contraceptive pill, the doctors had to be sure that I did not experience/ have a family history of migraines or blood clots, as this would be dangerous on the pill. It is also important to note that smoking does increase the risk of blood clots and other complications on the pill – I am silly enough to continue to do so but I plan on quitting within the next year.

As I am lucky to not have a family history of blood clots or experience regular migraines, I was placed on the 3 week contraceptive pill Rigevidon – which means that I take the pill for 3 weeks and on the fourth I don’t take the pill and I get a period. This is great because my periods have finally regulated – yaaay!!

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Rigevidon 3 week contraceptive pill

Now, I know that this pill isn’t for everyone – some people gain a lot of weight, their skin breaks out, they start getting regular migraines [if this happens contact your GP]! Some people get really bad stomach cramps etc. Basically, this pill isn’t for everyone but I have been on it for roughly 3 years now and I’ve had no issues! From what I have gathered, this is the first pill which the doctors will prescribe on diagnosis.

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The pill comes with this lovely discreet sleeve which makes it easier to carry around in your handbag.

So this pill has been an absolute god send. After the first few months of being on this pill I had to return to the hospital to have another ultrasound to check on the growth of my cysts – and Hurrah! They had significantly reduced in just a few months! Which was obviously a huuuuge relief!

A downside of the pill is that at first they will only release 3 months worth of pills in one appointment for the first year – and only 6 months worth following that. This means that every 6 months I have to go to the doctors to get a new bunch of pills! Although this is annoying, I think it is necessary because they take my blood pressure and my weight and let me know if I am on track and am keeping my lifestyle healthy!

One symptom which the pill hasn’t helped – for me – is the weight gain. One symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome is an increased level of testosterone hormone: which means hair growth and weight gain. Although the pill gives you oestrogen to balance this out, I have found that my weight is still quite difficult to budge – something very common for the contraceptive pill is weight gain.

When you have polycystic ovary syndrome, it is important to maintain a healthy weight [and I do mean a HEALTHY weight – not trying to get yourself as small as possible]. Due to the testosterone, that isn’t always easy [typical]. So when I gain weight, I find it near impossible to get it off! I am a pretty consistent weight at 10 stone, but I do sometimes reach 10 stone 7 and have to work my ass off to get it back down. According to my BMI [something which I don’t agree with because it doesn’t take into consideration muscle mass but that’s a rant for another day] I am only just a healthy weight…

BMI calculation

This calculator is available on the NHS website

I try to keep on top of my weight and fitness so I don’t spiral out of control – but at the same time I don’t want to give myself eating issues by obsessing over my food or my weight so I try not to lose sleep over it. In an ideal world I would like to be 8 stone 7 or 9 stone in order to be safely within the ‘healthy’ range but it is SO HARD to work it all off I’m telling you. I’ve been 10 stone for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine it changing any time soon.

In order to stay on top of my weight I try to eat healthy fruit and vegetables as snacks and get in green tea when I can – I also avoid eating too much take away. I try to exercise as much as possible – I really enjoy the gym, yoga, dancing, and I try to enjoy running… It hasn’t been successful yet but hopefully one day!

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My babies

If you would like to know more facts about PCOS please follow this link for official information from the NHS.

I hope this post has been informative and you have all learned a little something or have been able to relate to some of my experiences. Please spread the word so that others can find the medical help they need!

If you can think of any more tips and suggestions in reference to living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, let me know in the comments! I am no doctor, and knowledge is power!

Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to follow me on my other social media accounts. Links are posted in the sidebar.

Jade x

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  • I suffer from PCOS and i’ve gained so much weight over the last few years. I’ve tried probably every diet under the sun with frequent exercise and still can’t lose it, it’s so frustrating. This is really informative, thank you for this post! x

    • I’m so glad you have found it helpful! I would definitely say that the weight gain is one of the most stubborn side effects because it effects your self esteem and everything! xxx

  • I was kinda in the same situation as you but the reverse, when I got my period at age 15 it was normal. Till I got into high school I started to noticing pain and discomfort, I was diagnosed with ovarian cyst. Thought I was out of the clear when I had my period for 2 months straight I didn’t have a break from my period. Than I went on the pill and everything has been right as rain !! THANK GOD ! Couldn’t deal with my period for that long ever, even when it goes past an extra day I get angry. This was a great post, and I’m glad your doing much better now!

    Katie | https://ktmcgworld.blogspot.ca

    • Thanks so much for sharing with me Katie! I find it so interesting how different everyone’s experience has been with PCOS! <3 x

  • Ria

    It’s really refreshing for someone to share their journey, I find a lot of people shy away from talking about PCOS as they don’t know what it is. I’ve suffered with PCOS since I was 18 and the worse for me also is the difficulty shifting weight & the pain! I have recently contacted a nutritionist and will be starting on a 6 week course of clean eating and exercise, hopefully I should pick up some good habits to move forward with! Thank you for the post it’s good to know I’m not alone xx

    • WingitwithJade

      Hi Ria, you’re DEFINITELY not alone! It may feel like it sometimes because, as you say, no one talks about it unfortunately. That’s exactly why I want us women to start discussing these important issues. I’m so happy to hear that you’re getting help from a nutritionist, I’ve never even thought to do that myself! Keep me up to date and don’t be a stranger 🙂 xxx

  • Love reading about your journey. I’ve suffered with PCOS for 4 years now, i’ve been down every possible route and i’ve finally found something that works for me. I’m planning on writing a blog post and making a Youtube video soon filled with all of the things that I have found to help and what doesn’t help and isn’t good for your body! I would recommend watching Sarahs Day on Youtube too – go back through her videos and look at her hormonal balance ones. I found them really helpful and that’s whats got me started on all of my research which has paid off as I am feeling so much better.

    Liv x

    http://www.livymegs.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Liv! & you should definitely do it. It’ll help so many people like you and me who are in need of some comfort!! <3 xxx

  • Georgia Sanders

    I have PCOS and I’m currently trying to lose weight so I ovulate regularly enough to get knocked up. Thanks for writing this, it’s so common and I think people don’t really talk about it. Xxx

  • I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 17 and it’s always interesting to read about other people’s experiences! I’m so thankful to have never had a cyst, but on the odd occasion I did get a period pre-diagnosis, the pain and flow was so bad I often ended up being sick. It was so awful and I wish I had just gone on the pill much earlier than I did (age 20), as it would have solved so many issues. I’m on the same pill as you and it actually cleared up the acne I’d been bothered with in my teens, and like you say, having a regular period is so much more manageable – for me it’s also lighter and less painful thankfully! I did consider coming off it for a while as I was worried about my moods/hormones but honestly, I feel so much worse on my week off than I do when on so I’ve decided to keep going with it. I can’t stand the idea of going back to naff periods again either. I defo have problems with weight, I think I’ve been about 11st since I hit about 19-20 years, but I’m OK with it. I’m hoping to drop my hours in work and then start going to the gym again so I at least keep myself healthier. I’m not bothered about losing weight as I have never really been able to, but I’m more bothered about keeping fitter than I am! Thanks for sharing, I’ll need to check out your video on this! xx

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