Admittedly, it has been a while since I’ve last written a blog post regarding women’s health issues. So today I thought I would share with you my on personal progress.
As you may already know, in 2012 I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The diagnosis was given to me after amenorrhea for over 6 months. I had spent most of my adult years on the pill, after being prescribed it in my teens to “deal with” acne and period pain. In February 2012 , I decided the pill was giving me too much emotional grief and after 10+ years on the damn thing, I was coming off it. I have since learned that whilst on the pill, you do not have a true period, it is simply a bleed caused by a withdrawal from the synthetic hormones contained in the pill. Therefore, the onset of my PCOS could not really be determined. However, the ultrasound of my ovaries showed many many “cysts” (they are actually eggs), indicating that my body had attempted to ovulate unsuccessfully many many times.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, there were no signs of my period or any kind of hormonal cycle. Admittedly, this was very convenient when I embarked on a 20+ day trek, with no showers, through the Himalayas with my dear father!
Probably the most spiritual experience of my life, but the mental preparation and physical training for this trek left me with thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue. I spent the better half of 2013 trying to work out what I was doing wrong. My body was failing me and I was extremely frustrated. I started to research these issues, and whilst there were many quick fixes in terms of medications and physical treatments, I can’t help but realise in hindsight that most of my issues stemmed from my imbalanced approach to life. As I began to research and dramatically overhaul my mindset, things slowly started to change. During that time, I started seeking treatment at The Pagoda Tree, using Traditional Chinese Medicine to heal my imbalances.
In January 2014, I had my first pill-free period and I was so surprised and ecstatic. Not only was this a sign I was on the right path to healing my body, I finally got to use the organic feminine products by TOM Organic that I had been dying to try. If you haven’t heard of them, I beg you to have a look at the list of ingredients of your conventional products. It’s really disgusting what is used to make a product that is so intimately used.
Since January, I’ve had just two periods and my last cycle was over 60 days long. I’m hopeful that throughout this year my body will continue to heal, and I will be paying much more attention to the signals it is sending me. My latest research is around the moon cycle and how this impacts our own internal cycle. Very interesting!
If you want to learn more about ovulation and your cycle, I highly recommend Dr Nat Kringoudis’s ecourse Debunking Ovulation. I was fortunate enough to attend this live event last year, and also attend Debunking PCOS this year. Both resources explain the ins and outs of your body in a manner that is easy to follow, but detailed enough to provide you with an understanding on how to read the signals your body is sending you.
You may also like my post on holistic steps to treat PCOS. Click here to have a read!