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The Process Getting a PCOS Diagnosis

The...struggle...is...EFFING REAL!!!!!!

By Hope MartinPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
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I am sure I speak for about 98% of women who have been confirmed diagnosed by doctors of PCOS that getting that damn diagnosis was a struggle that rivals stopping the apocalypse. And I am sure 100% of women who have a hormonal imbalance that causes weight gain have been basically told by the doctor to “just lose weight.”

And I bet before and even after getting your diagnosis, doctors have been dismissive of everything you’ve tried to tell them because if you just eat better and exercise a little, you’ll feel better. Because you’re fat. And losing weight is the only thing you need to do. Oh, sorry the polite term is overweight and the medical term is obese.

I’m sure the doctors said every version of the description though, am I right?

The first struggle for obtaining your diagnosis if you have PCOS is fighting the good fight of getting the doctors to do more than look at your physical appearance and brush you off.

My advice for anyone who believes they may have PCOS, endometriosis, or any other hormone imbalance that causes weight gain is to go in with proof on your first appointment that you are not a lazy, fat, couch potato slob who eats everything every day. Getting a diagnosis of PCOS is difficult enough, but you have the extra effort to get past preconceptions and judgments from these people.

For anyone who is trying to get a diagnosis for PCOS, endometriosis, or other hormonal imbalance that causes weight gain: go in with extensive proof that you are not just sitting on the couch eating Lays all day every day. Get a fitness tracker or smartwatch that keeps track of steps and exercise go in with a HONEST food log, and really emphasize to them that your weight gain isn’t normal.

Bonus points if your fitness monitor also keeps track of your period cycles for you. There are some great products that aren't expensive, and if it keeps you from another years worth of fighting with a doctor about your weight it's worth it!

I have learned in my years of dealing with medical professionals that there are keywords when describing symptoms that either make them tune in to what you are saying, or you can say a keyword that will make them tune you out. They will pay attention more if you explain that you began to gain this weight very suddenly and very quickly - even when your eating and exercise habits didn’t change, and can provide logs and data to prove it.

Once you get their attention, and you can get past the whole "I am well aware I'm overweight conversation," you can get down to the nitty-gritty. From there, a doctor will take blood and get your hormone levels. Just to make sure there is nothing else going on, they will also eliminate other causes for sudden and rapid obesity, such as thyroid issues.

If you express issues with your menstrual cycle and/or excruciating pain, they will most likely do an ultrasound. Most likely, it will be a vaginal ultrasound - where they go inside to get a good view. It's uncomfortable, and it can be painful in the moment, but I promise it's not worse than your bouts of pain.

If the ultrasound is extra interesting, they will follow up with further imaging tests or a pelvic exam. They will also put you through glucose testing and such, to keep an eye on your blood sugars - as those of us with PCOS are usually pre-diabetic or diabetic.

It's a long process, and there are lots of appointments for these tests and such to get the diagnosis. But the great thing is, once you get there, you can absolutely treat your PCOS.

For those of you who are still struggling to get your doctors to listen to you, remember what I said about providing data logs of your food intake and activity. Words can be fake, but data is a lot more significant to a doctor.

Keep up the faith, and good luck to you!

Other Articles In My PCOS Series:

What is PCOS? Painful Cramps on Steroids!

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About the Creator

Hope Martin

I am a published author of a book called Memoirs of the In-Between. Currently, I am doing a rewrite of it, as it needed some polishing to be better. I am a mom, a cook, a homesteader, and a second-generation shaman.

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  • S. A. Crawford4 months ago

    This sounds so familiar to me; I wish I had taken records the first few times I went to the doctor. I also had the fun experience of my blood tests not showing definitive results, so I had to push for a pelvic exam. So fun! Thanks for writing this - its so nice to feel like I'm not alone in this!

  • That's the thing about some doctors. They always think they are better than everyone and treat us like we are uneducated. Also, that fitness tracker and food log is a great idea. I'm so glad you wrote about this!

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