I went to the doctor because I had gained 70 lbs in a year (without changing my diet or activity level) and had stopped having my period. I’m currently 5′ 7” 220lbs. At the time, I weighed about 240. I had always been curvy, but had never had belly fat or lots of flab. I made an appointment with my sister’s gynecologist to see if we could get to the root of these problems. I wasn’t very nervous about the visit because my sister (a svelte 5′ 7” 150) raved about this doctor, saying she’s the best doctor she’s ever had and how she really helped when my sister had ovarian cysts and other female problems.
I walked in and the nurse took my vitals. I changed into the paper robe and blanket and waited my turn. When the doctor walked in, she could’ve been a replica of my sister with a different face. She took one look at me and asked me what the problem was. When I told her that I hadn’t had a period in three months and that there was no possible way I could be pregnant, she immediately came back with “It’s because you’re overweight.”
She then told me to “shut my mouth once in a while” and to lay off the junk food (I never snack and can’t stand potato chips and pretzels. If I do need something, I go for unbuttered popcorn or an apple). She methodically did my exam, only complimenting me once on the tattoo I have of my alma mater’s insignia…turns out she is also an alum of my school.
At the end of the exam, she reiterated that I needed to stop eating so much and lose some weight. I had to tell her a few more times that I had gained so much weight in a year without any change to diet or lifestyle before she really understood. She grumpily agreed to run some blood tests to check for diabetes, thyroid problems and hormone levels. I fasted and went to have my blood drawn.
When she called me back with the results, it was like I was a different patient and she was a different doctor. It turns out that my recent weight gain and lack of menstruation was caused either by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or a tumor on one of my glands. She referred me to the best endocrinologist in the area and apologized for having to deal with either illness, though she never apologized for how she treated me in her office.
Thankfully, [the endocrinologist] diagnosed that it wasn’t a tumor and that it wasn’t Cushings and we proceeded with the treatment for PCOS. I lost about 40lbs in the first year of treatment. My body basically needed hormone shock therapy to get itself back on track. I have since had regular periods on and off the pill and feel a lot better.