Yesterday I was diagnosed with PCOS. It was a surprise diagnosis.
I’ve had horrible periods since, basically, I started having periods. I would bleed for a month straight or skip my period four months in a row. I spent more time bloated than not. Suspecting endometriosis, which runs in my family, I was unceremoniously put on birth control in an attempt to give me some semblance of control over my internal organs. It didn’t really work. I cycled through birth controls, dealing with side effect after side effect while still flip-flopping between extreme bleeding or no bleeding at all. When I did bleed, I’d be in so much pain that I considered cutting my own uterus out. When I didn’t have a period, I still had bloating, tenderness, and a plethora of other symptoms.