Where do I begin? A week ago I had some tests done as instructed by my doctor. My supposed follow up checkup was a year and two months late (you know what they say, better late than never heehee). I know there’s no excuse but really life got in the way (and I sorta think I wasn’t prioritising It because I don’t see the urgency of it. But now that I know better, I’m more keen when it comes to anything related to my health talaga.
Mirror selfie to calm my nerves. I’ve never been the type who is afraid of seeing a doctor or going to the hospital but for some reason I was feeling uneasy. I kinda knew something was off yet I didn’t want to think about it because I don’t want to plant these thoughts on my head.
I saw the results a day after and though I already know what it was, I couldn’t confirm until I’ve talked to my doctor. Unfortunately for me, I had to wait for a few days to see my doctor again. I swear the waiting game has been so stressful!
Thankfully, I was preoccupied being the driver/yaya/cook of my kids so the days of waiting were bearable. Also before I saw my doctor, I had scheduled a visit at Design Studio to get my hair color refreshed. Since Juro didn’t have school last Friday, I was able to spend the whole morning at the salon treating my hair for some pampering.
Quick selfie before I had my hair done. I wanted to have gray hair but then my stylist didn’t want to have my hair bleached so she opted to do some highlights so my hair can have more dimension with less chemicals.
I always get Olaplex treatment whenever I visit Design Studio. They highly recommend it to anyone who wants to keep their hair healthy. A lot of you have asked about my hair on Instagram and how I keep it shiny and healthy. I guess part of the reason is Olaplex. I wrote about my first experience of it HERE.
With Chiara Echiverri of Design Studio. Aside from managing the salon. She & her fiancé Chase Tinio also own Spotts PH, the company that officially distributes Büce, a brand of premium automated equipment and furnishings here in the Philippines. They can customise a chair for you! I swear I’ve fallen asleep on their shampoo chair one too many times because it was that comfortable! ?
After four hours, here’s my current hair. Still the same ash brown but it now has some ash blonde highlights. Thank you Design Studio. I am now ready to see my doctor! Hahaha.
Again, mirror selfie to calm my nerves. I was called in a few second after I took this shot. I still vividly remember the feeling of waiting in this hallway when I was pregnant with Gabbie & Juro. So many happy memories of hearing their heartbeat and just feeling their kicks. Now I’m back not with the same excitement but equally the same anticipation. Anyhooooow, my doctor’s visit was way faster than the time I waited because she & I already know what I have, she confirmed I have PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility.
Between 5% and 10% of women between 15 and 44, or during the years you can have children, have PCOS. Most women find out they have PCOS in their 20s and 30s, when they have problems getting pregnant and see their doctor. But PCOS can happen at any age after puberty.
My doctor explained to me how PCOS affects me and what it does to my body.
Basically, high levels of male hormone & high levels of insulin causes PCOS. The effects can be irregular menstrual cycle, weight gain, hair loss, thinning of the hair, darkening of skin and acne. Unfortunately, the effect on me is acne. I noticed my breakouts started over summer and I thought it was just because of stress & lack of facial treatments. But eventually I learned there’s a deeper reason behind my breakouts and it’s because of PCOS.
You can be diagnosed with it whether you lead a healthy lifestyle or not because according to my doctor, it’s hereditary. I admit I was pretty sad about it because last year, my ovaries were clear and this year when I really felt truly strong and healthy, I was diagnosed with PCOS. Hahahuhu. Thankfully it’s manageable. Yes, I say manageable because it’s something that can be treated yet it’s not something that’ll go away.
Why am I freaking out when this has become a common condition for women? I guess I’m sort of disappointed with myself because I’ve been trying really hard the past years to be healthy not just for myself but for my family. Partly the reason why I’m sorta making this a big deal is because I hate knowing that I’m not 100% okay. Competitive kasi ako when it comes to myself. And it also sucks when you know you have this condition because it’s hereditary. I remember being surprised to know both my sisters were diagnosed with it a few years ago. Only to find out I have it as well. Oh well towel ☺️
Quick dinner with Jago. I super wanted to eat dessert but this guy stopped me saying I should really start lessening my sweets if I want my acne gone and my PCOS managed. Hahahuhu.
I asked my doctor what diet should I have and she just told me to stay away from the food I’m intolerant to and to make sure I don’t go overboard my daily sugar allowance (women can have up to 25grams/day).
In spite of having this condition, I am grateful that I learned about this now. I think the timing is perfect because I’m in the stage of my life where I’m not trying to conceive so that’s not an issue for us na (because some women who are diagnosed with PCOS are having a hard time to conceive ?). Though I don’t have this concern, my doctor is more worried of me developing diabetes since I have a family history. Which is why she’s made a treatment plan for me to make sure this doesn’t happen (at least not in my 30s/40s). She gave me medicines I need to take and really reminded me to lower my sugar intake. I kinda promised her I’ll try (I usually just have sweets on weekends naman so she said I’m on the right track) but then again how do I slowly let go of my weakness? ?
This week has been emotional for me but to sum it up I think I did well in making time, effort and energy for self love. You see self love isn’t just about pampering yourself with a mani-pedi or massage, it’s about taking really good care of yourself and sometimes it’s in the form of getting your breasts checked or your reproductive organs as well. Perfect timing because I started the Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a post about health. Don’t be afraid to have yourself checked and please don’t wait for symptoms to happen before you do. Now this is self love. ❤️
Anyone out here who also has PCOS? How has it affected your daily life? I would love to hear your thoughts! ☺️