Friday, March 24, 2017

The Battle Against Women's Healthcare is Getting Personal

I don't normally share my health history but the battle against women's healthcare as well as the battle of insuring people with pre-existing conditions is a personal one for me, and I've been urged by many to share my story. So here it goes.
I was rejected by two (maybe 3) insurance companies back in 2008 for a pre-existing condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is an endocrine (hormonal and metabolism) disorder affecting one in 10 women of childbearing age. It can be passed on via family genes (my dad's family is my link) and in younger generations, PCOS has been linked to various chemicals in processed foods. Processed foods also exasperate PCOS, especially processed grains like white bread.
I have had issues related to this since a child, but I was never diagnosed until I was in my 30's living in Washington, DC. In rural areas, the conditions are often attributed to thyroid issues, and patients are treated with the wrong medicine which can end up doing more damage. With 1 in 10 women of childbearing age having PCOS, you'd think there would be more education for doctors as well as women, but sadly there isn't.
If the condition is not gotten under control via diet, exercise, and often medicine, commonly women with PCOS end up with serious conditions like diabetes, insulin resistance, and heart disease as well as appearance issues. PCOS is a common and often treatable cause of infertility.
In my case, I am not able to ever have kids, but I do have an implanted intrauterine device, better known as an IUD. While many people associate IUD's as being strictly for birth control, mine is used to stave off women-related cancers such as ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal, uterine, etc. Did you know there were so many cancers related to a woman's reproductive system? 

Many women with endocrine disorders use birth control products for issues other than birth control. Of course, birth control products, regardless of what they're used for, are also being targeted with this new plan which is mainly put together by rich, white men that have no medical experience. This is just ridiculous!
Besides the IUD, I have a once a year check-in with my PCOS Specialist. I do not take any prescription medicine and am actually quite healthy overall. That said, if somehow I lost the insurance I have, even I would be rejected under this new plan just because PCOS shows up on my medical records. And that my friends is pretty pathetic!