Going in for a pap smear is already a vulnerable experience. You expect to be treated with unbiased opinion and that facts will take over opinion. Yesterday, I went for my exam and the nurse practitioner took one look at my size and disregarded everything I had to say about my condition. She wouldn't listen to my concerns about how my birth control manages my moods, didn't listen when I tried mentioning my experiences with PCOS, and ended the conversation by stating that I would feel more comfortable with another "bigger girl" in the room so I felt more understood. This completely inappropriate comment is an admission that she cannot do her job simply because her fat-phobia is blocking all her ability to be a professional. I am not overweight because I live a lazy life. I am overweight because I live with a disease labeled the "Silent Killer" because situations like I experienced yesterday are so common. I am not heard because I'm seen as disgusting and stupid on the outside while my body is rotting silently on the inside.
I don't know how to end this, but it's so important that women are heard and cared for properly in these kinds of situations. The majority of women living with this disease don't even know they have it.
An article that I found interesting was this one: Survey: Women Dissatisfied with Diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome It's not directly connected, but you can definitely tell that women with PCOS often feel like they're turned away, or their health concerns are dismissed quite often because of their weight. Even if PCOS is discovered it's still hard to get doctors to pay attention to any contributing factors. Recently, I met my new GP and she told me that my sudden weight gain was due to me being 29 and nothing to do with PCOS. I told this had happened before and my previous doctor made sure to keep a close eye on me because that raises the chances of me getting cancer and more cysts... not that case with this new one. Ugh. If you find a good doctor that listens to you, do what ever you can to stay with them. I lost my health insurance because USA... so now I'm dealing with pretty shit options and a lack of facilities and coverage for certain procedures. It's a tough environment right now, and it's even more so since Paul Ryan is determined to defund Planned Parenthood in the next few days.
Time to keep together and find some strength in those that understand where you're coming from. I'm obviously not a doctor, but I'm always here if someone needs to talk about their conditions.
Take care all xoxo