Saving My Life
Anything I post on here about PCOS or any other condition, is general information or information I've accumulated in my experience having PCOS or other conditions. I'm not a doctor, so nothing I say should EVER take place of a real diagnosis from your doctor. My eating plan described on this blog is one I've made for myself and I'm constantly changing it according to my body's needs.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
PCOS and Iron Deffiency....One for the Ladies ☺
Ok, so I mentioned in one of my last posts I had a really rough period last week. This is not totally uncommon for me b/c most of my cycles are rough, but what made this one worse is the fact I was under a lot of stress. Now, a lot of people think that PCOS means women don't or rarely ever have cycles which is true, but there are those of us PCOS'ers that are pretty regular. We have periods, but we fail to ovulate every time and periods are pretty painful and heavy. These heavy periods can last past 7 days! Mine typically last for 7 days and even that is too long. The heavy periods characterized by heavy bleeding and big blood clots are called menorrhagia...said like (men-or-age-e-uh). There are different reasons it can happen such as lifestyle, diet, stress, and hormone problems, but for me it is PCOS. My doc has told me that if the amount of bleeding does not get under control soon, I'll have to have a D&C (scraping of the excess uterine lining) b/c if heavy bleeding occurs too long without check, it can increase my risk of a certain type of cancer. (I'm not sure about what kind and we didn't really talk much about it) Read more about menorrhagia here.
Usually when I have menorrhagia, I become a bit anemic. My doc has told me this is common. When I'm anemic, I usually feel very fatigued and irritable...usually very irritable especially since I have to run to the bathroom almost every 45min. to an hour. Well, last week I experienced a new symptom. I was very cold. I was cold to the point of not being able to warm under 2 comfortors, 1 heavy quilt, and a sheet. My husband crawled in bed with me to warm me, but every few seconds I'd get goosebumps or start shivering. This went on until 3am until my husband finally remembered we have an electric heating blanket. I finally went to sleep after this. I Googled the next day to see if iron deffiency symptoms include being cold and sure enough it does. So, if you have menorrhagia and are a bit anemic remember this. As soon as I figured out my iron was low and after the cold spell, I ate more red meat and put bunches of spinach/greens in my smoothies. Also, Vitamin C is responsible for good iron absorbtion so make sure you get enough of it as well. When I make my smoothies I use all sorts of fruit but I especially use orange juice (not from concentrate) as my liquid for a good source of Vitamin C. So, make sure you're getting enough iron especially if you are a PCOS'er who has heavy menstrual cycles. Here's an interesting article on iron deffiency related to periods.
Also, I crave chocolate seriously during this time, so I thought I'd tag along this article on chocolate for fun...it has to be 70% cocao for it to be beneficial though. Enjoy! ☺