Awkward Conversations When You Have PCOS

“So are you both lactose and gluten allergic?”
“Sure. Let’s say that.”

“Oh, I see. You’re pissed because it’s that time of the month, right?”
*Speechless shock*

“Ugh, kids are so gross. I’m not going to have any until I’m much older. If at all. Don’t you agree?”
“Well, actually, I think I may have to start trying pretty early.”
“Really? You want to be a young mom?”
“That’s not what I meant …”

“If I get pregnant during my school years I won’t hesitate to get an abortion. I mean, it’d totally mess up my education!”
“I’m not sure I’d do the same. I mean, what if I never get the chance again?”
“Aw, come on, you’ll find somebody.”
“That’s not what I meant …”

“It’s so ridiculous when some women blame their thyroid for their weight problems. Like ‘It’s not my fault I’m fat, it’s just my hormones.’ Come on, we all got hormones!”
Yes, but the hormones from the thyroid are kind of different. In fact they –
“Don’t tell me you believe in that crap!”

With the doctor:

“Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you. These cysts are water cysts. If one gets big it could be uncomfortable but there’s nothing dangerous about it.”
“That’s great!”
“Yes! Just remember that when you want to have children you should contact me.”
*Confused stare: did I get you right?*

“I don’t believe there’s nothing wrong. I’ve not had my period for two years! That can’t be healthy.”
“PCOS isn’t that much of a problem, dear. Many people live with it, it’s just fine. There’s a slightly increased risk of cancer in the uterus because the lining isn’t refreshed but that’s it.”
*Horrified expression*

“I see you stopped taking your pill?”
“I don’t like birth control. The hormones aren’t good at length.”
“Did you get nauseous or have other problems?”
“No, I simply dislike the thought of stuffing hormones in when I don’t need to.”
“But you do need to! Listen, you’re sick! You have PCOS and this is how we treat it.”
“Treat it? If I get off the birth control all my old problems will be back, if not worse.”
“Sometimes the birth control can actually kick start your body’s natural cyclus.”
“I came to you two years ago suggesting that very thing and you said it wasn’t healthy to take hormones when it wasn’t really necessary. So which is it?!”

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