Dear Robin: “With no medical insurance, where do I even start? All I have is an overnight job and an unofficial official diagnosis from a doctor at Planned Parenthood. Where do I even begin?”
Dear Jessica: You don’t need medical insurance to take good care of yourself. I never had a diagnosis, never did testing, and did not heal with the help of a medical professional.
It’s not that I didn’t want the help, I just didn’t know to ask for help. PCOS wasn’t a “thing” yet. In fact it wasn’t until the 1990s that it was really looked at seriously to try to figure out diagnostic criteria, and not until 2003 did this criteria become more concrete – even though the criteria still isn’t quite right.*
So PCOS is still a relatively new diagnosis in the grand scheme of medicine.
And there is no medical cure for symptoms of PCOS, although there now is a much bigger awareness around it thanks to PCOS Challenge and many other amazing policy advocates.
I would have loved someone to tell me to eat better, change the way I was exercising, replace missing nutrients (boy do I need them!), take a look at my thyroid function, love myself more and figure out my food intolerances, but that just wasn’t common knowledge yet.
But it is now.
Our website has well over 1300 pages of resources with many recipes and guidelines for how to begin taking better care of yourself. Just having an awareness now Jessica, is huge. You’re already on your way to healing!
*See “History of Discovery of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”
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