About a year ago I went off birth control with the hopes of getting pregnant right away. My mom had always told me that our family was very fertile and I should always be careful until I am ready to try. Once I stopped the pill, my periods were very wacky.

4 weeks, 10 weeks, 6 weeks, 4 weeks…it took about 6 months for my cycle to return to normal, but it did. In the meantime, the hubby and I tried and tried…and tried…and…tried (mom, you lied). I started tracking every symptom and chased my hubby around the house when the calendar said it was time, but still no success. During all of this, I started to notice the acne on my face getting worse and worse. I have always had oily skin so though it was because of that, but it just got worse and worse.

Finally after a horrible breakout (I felt like I could leave the house it was so bad), I finally made a appointment with a dermatologist. After a quick glace at my face, she said it was probably PCOS. I was shocked.

So, I went for blood work and it came back with high testosterone and dhea sulfate levels which the dermatologist said was a classic sign of pcos. I then went to my ob/gyn who sent me to a endocrinologist who did a more involved blood screen to rule out other issues. From there, the PCOS diagnosis was confirmed and I was prescribed Metformin.

Being prescribed Metformin has really opened my eyes to what symptoms I have really been dealing with. Since starting Met, I have noticed my food craving decreasing. I have always been a lover of food, especially sweets. I no longer crave the sweets, nor really want them when offered.

In fact my hubby is slightly annoyed because he now eats them for me! I am also not hungry all the time and feel full faster. I have lost about 5lbs by just being on the medication. My energy levels seem to be rising. I use to be tired all the time and would take naps as often as I could.

I also have noticed my moodiness and sadness starting to lift. I always thought that I was just a pessimist and that’s where my moods came from. Since starting Met, I have noticed those feelings are going away and I am content with my life.

In retrospect, I guess I have been dealing with some PCOS systems since I was a young girl. Although my periods have always been regular, I have dealt with weight issues, high cholesterol, acne, mood swings and annoying hair growth. The women of my family are all tall with an athletic build and I am as well. But I do have the tummy which I have never really been able to get away from even during the times when I was playing sports and exercising a few hours a day, 6 days a week.

Being diagnosed with PCOS was a shock for me but at the same time it explained a lot. I have decided that I am not going to hide the fact that I have PCOS nor be ashamed by it. I will deal with it one day at a time and not allow it to consume me. I have enjoyed reading through the SoulCysters site and find hope in all the postings and blogs that I will be able to gain what I want in life despite this diagnosis (insert determined look here)

Want to connect with me? My name is mc8678 on the SoulCysters Message Board.