Abbie Curls is a YouTube vlogger who posts daily about everything hair, from braids and headwraps to buns and cornrows. The 27-year-old, who is based in the United Kingdom, has also become an advocate for women with PCOS.
Ever since I started menstruating at 13, my periods were always irregular. This was not only inconvenient, because I never knew when it would show up, but worrisome. Most women who have regular periods are like, “Oh I wish I would not have a period for a whole year!” But I feel like having a period is a sign of being healthy and that your female reproductive organs are working the way they should.
I went to the doctor when I was 15 or 16 and was told to lose weight and go on the pill. No other explanations, just this is the only solution. My doctor made me nervous when he began to tell me about how not having a period for so long might increase my chance of cervical cancer, so I agreed to go on the pill. But I knew it was only masking the symptoms of whatever was causing my problems. Around the age of 18, I went off the pill and my periods were still irregular. Eventually, a blood test and an ultrasound scan showed that I had a resistance to insulin and multiple small cysts on both of my ovaries. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).