PCO-whatttt?!?

What have I been up to lately?

Oh, I am so glad you asked! Christmas came, and saw and it conquered and we’re left tired, broke, fat and full of ambitious goals for the new year. Just kidding, we do not do goals, but we definitely have a fancy 2020 to-do list.

But first, surgery! Yes! This momma is going under the knife. Why you ask? Because I have had a cyst on my ovary for the last decade, that I have just ignored like most women my age, because who has time for that kinda thing. What started out as a little ball of hair and possibly teeth, has grown into a gigantic, orange sized, ball of hair and possibly teeth. And of course, now this little guy is causing me pain and needs to exit my body.

But, oh how lucky am I?

Because I already have a scar left from the last baby that exited my body, my doctor can just cut that open again and take out this dermoid cyst. For anyone who wants to know my thoughts on my last c-section, re-read this article https://crooksandchaos.com/2018/08/25/good-thing-babies-are-cute-because-getting-them-out-of-your-body-sucks/ , to take a guess on how I’m feeling right now. This time I only get a 10cm cyst out of this whole procedure and not a cute, squishy screaming little bundle of joy. How rude!?

I would like to point out right now, that my family and I are generally healthy, and every day I am beyond thankful and grateful for this. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. Did we struggle trying to conceive? Yes! Excessive hair growth, weight fluctuation, hormonal imbalance?! Yes! Did my dad tell me I was like the son he never had when I was diagnosed?! Also, yes!

Could it be worse?! It could be so much worse! But I am glad I know, and have all the tools to manage the symptoms.

Taken right from the Mayo-Clinics website it is “a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.”

Which can also be summed up as…

Other symptoms can include:
  • Irregular menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may miss periods or have fewer periods (fewer than eight in a year). Or, their periods may come every 21 days or more often. Some women with PCOS stop having menstrual periods.
  • Too much hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair. This is called “hirsutism.” Hirsutism affects up to 70% of women with PCOS.
  • Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
  • Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp; male-pattern baldness.
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
  • Skin tags, which are small excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area

Sounds fun, right?! Not! The dermoid cyst on my ovary is not caused from the Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome itself, but it was found around the same time as testing for PCOS ocurred. In fact, a dermoid cyst is “a bizarre tumor, usually benign, in the ovary that typically contains a diversity of tissues including hair, teeth, bone, thyroid, etc.”

So, I mean, that’s pretty cool too!

My doctor has already told me she will take a picture once she removes it so I can see this bad boy. What I am picturing in my head, is a type of creature I should be naming and keeping as a pet! For the love of god, do not google it! I was going to insert a picture here of what they could look like, but it really actually is something out of a horror film. (I know you are now totally going to google it, but I did warn you!)

The more research I do on PCOS, hormonal imbalances & psoriasis, all of which I deal with on a regular basis, the more I realize how related they are. I already knew the body was cool, because I’ve been fascinated with how it functions since I have learned how to read. But, on the flip side, when things go wrong, it is equally as fascinating in the most devastating way. Why does a completely athletic and generally healthy body deteriorate so quickly?! I do not think we will ever know, but I applaud the people that are trying to figure this out on a daily basis

So if you’ve made it this far in this article, here is my request to you. That pain, that inflammation, that “thing” that has been bothering you, Get. It. Checked. Out. I know life’s busy with kids, and work, and school, and lunches, and bills, and groceries, and cleaning the house, and birthday parties, and anniversary parties and weddings, and, and, and but your health really does matter. Your body is working hard for you, treat it with the utmost respect!

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