Have you all seen the TLC show, My Big Fat Fabulous Life? When it first came out, and it was revealed that the main character had PCOS, I was instantly interested to hear more. So many women suffer from the disorder, and yet so much is still unknown about it all.
While I went in, hoping to see more light shed on the subject, it turned out to be much more of the typical unreal “reality show” circus. Heavily scripted and just ridiculous, with the star of the show blaming everything on PCOS, making people who are really suffering look foolish.
The last few episodes were so ridiculous and over the top, it was sad.
It is insanely rare to get a false positive pregnancy test period, PCOS or not. Further more, to get a positive pregnancy test, the body has to be secreting HCG (human chrorionic gonadotropin). This hormone is produced by a growing embryo, and later the placenta. Nothing else can create or mimic this hormone except for extremely rare types of tumors.
False ovulation test positives? Yes. Very common in PCOS, but that is a completely different hormone. Ovulation tests react to LH (luteinizing hormone), or more specifically a surge in LH. Because ovulation is so erratic in women with PCOS, the tests can pick up false surges, when the body is trying to ovulate, but ultimately does not do so.
There are so many women suffering from infertility, specifically tied to PCOS, it really sucks to play out a fake story line on a fake reality tv show for ratings. In fact, it’s insulting.
Fans of the show, I don’t judge you for watching, but please don’t assume anything is real. Enjoy it for the writing and the acting, but don’t take notes on any “facts” they sprinkle in for drama.
To my fellow cysters, yes, my eyes hurt from rolling so hard as well. Fight on and be strong!