This post about how I’ve learned to manage my PCOS symptoms is sponsored by Walgreens. All opinions are my own.
How to manage your PCOS
Living with PCOS for almost half of my life has been a battle. Some years everything can be managed; other times it can be hard especially as a busy Millennial mom going into her 30th year. Many don’t know what having PCOS can consist of. Like many other reproductive conditions, it’s another silent one. What’s even worse? It can mimic many symptoms of having diabetes. That is why Walgreens’ Wake Up Call campaign is such an important initiative.
After finding a doctor that understands my needs she made me understand why I needed the medications I needed for a reason. Many women live with PCOS without even knowing it. Everyone’s symptoms are different. My endocrinologist explained to me how a woman’s body reacts to certain factors like carbs, sugars, fertility, and weight loss. Before having a child naturally, I only had one symptom. Then after birth, my symptoms skyrocketed and realized I needed to control this.
Realizing I needed recurring medications made me realize how serious PCOS can become as you get older. Since being diagnosed at the age of 16; I realized I’ve wanted to help other women who live with this or similar reproductive conditions. That’s why I’ve learned a few things along the way over the past few years when it comes to using my medications.
Did you know? Nearly 50% of individuals do not take their medications as prescribed? I WAS one of them. That is why Walgreens Wake Up Call is so important to me.
Go see a specialist
Back when I was 18 I felt like my body and symptoms were out of control. I stopped taking my medications and felt even worse. The extra weight was there, my cycles were screwed up and I didn’t know the complexity of what PCOS was? It’s so important to be able to find an underlying issue when it comes to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. From fertility, menstrual cycles, cramping, insulin resistance, weight loss/gain and more. A lot of times seeing an OBGYN just isn’t enough especially if you have more symptoms than usual. That is why after A was born I opted to go visit one when I struggled after regaining back all my pregnancy weight within 3 months after birth.
Listen to your body
When being diagnosed with PCOS over 10 years ago I had different symptoms than I do now. My body has changed and so has my symptoms. That is why I opt to see my endocrinologist every 6 months.
Take all your medications
Because I have to take meds that are really meant for another condition I make sure I take my medications at the same time every day. That way I don’t get any unwanted side effects. Since some days are busier than others having a reminder is so helpful. Now everyone can have access to reminders with The Walgreens app. It provides tools that help you never miss a day of your medication. That is why I create a routine. Every morning after I drop A off at school I take my morning dose at 8:30 and my evening at 9:30 PM. It’s 2019 so everyone’s busy not just Millennials!
Even when you are busy autofill your prescriptions
It’s so easy to lose track. Especially when you live a busy life, work more than 1 job, have kids etc. Your first priority is to make sure your health is in check. That is why I love Walgreens initiative with their My Wakeup Call Campaign.
I’m that person that thinks of questions after the fact. So, if you’re ever confused about medication, you don’t have to wait until morning to get answers. The Walgreens 24/7 Pharmacy Chat is always available to help. Since I am a night owl this is so helpful.
The best part I love is that I can save a trip when refilling with Walgreens Express TM help make medication refills quick and easy. You are able to find out more by visiting your local Walgreens pharmacist.