I was diagnosed with PCOS around 2 years ago now when I was 19. I'd always had irregular periods and quite a masculine physique so at the time I was grateful to finally have an explanation!
The thing is now I'm really starting to struggle with my symptoms. I was on the pill (Rigevidon) for around a year to control my cycle but it made me feel really low and emotional so I stopped taking it. I can just about handle the irregularity of my cycle but the mood swings it brings with it when it eventually does happen are getting worse - last month I cried for 3 hours because my family (who I don't even live with anymore!) went to the cinema without me!!
I'm also really now starting to really struggle with the physical effects. I don't struggle with my weight at all and I've just about managed to get the spots under control for the most part, but I am exceptionally flat chested and have very thick hair - while I'm lucky enough that it doesn't grow on my face etc, it can be very uncomfortable and grows back really quickly if I remove it. Whilst I'm used to it, it makes me extremely self-conscious and I'm very aware that it causes me to avoid relationships etc.
When I was diagnosed it was very much a case of "you have pcos, goodbye" and I was left to my own devices from there. I think I'm getting stuck in a bit of a vicious cycle with it all so any tips / advice anyone has would be very much appreciated!