A woman whose obesity “exploded her ovaries” told how she lost 100 pounds after doctors told her she would never have a baby if she did not lose weight.
Zoe Desantis, 23, a nanny from Boston, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in 2017 after her ovaries ruptured and she underwent emergency surgery.
Zoe, who weighed 240 pounds at the time, was later told by the doctor that it would be almost impossible for her to have children if she did not make some changes.
He explained that he was an emotional eater, and sometimes he used two bottles of ice cream to cope with a bad day.
A woman whose “ovaries exploded” due to obesity lost 100 pounds after doctors told her she would never have a child if she did not lose weight. She is pictured before weight loss (left) և after (right).
23-year-old Zoe Desantis (after losing weight in the picture) was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in 2017 after her ovaries were torn and she underwent emergency surgery.
Zoe, who weighed 240 pounds at the time, was told she would soon be unable to have children if she did not make changes. She is pictured before weight loss (left) և after (right).
But after warning his doctor, he decided to turn the situation around, but it was not easy. He tried all kinds of diets and exercises, but, unfortunately, none of them worked.
In September 2020, he began to study weight loss surgeries, to determine the vertical spine gastrectomy
She wanted to lose at least a hundred kilograms in order to lead a healthier life, to be able to have children of her own after a while.
Now she has reached her goal of losing weight, weighing 147 pounds.
“The deciding factor for me was when I learned that my weight-related health concerns would make it harder for me to have children,” Zoe recalls.
“I am a nanny, I am with the children all day, I know how much I want it for myself one day.
“One day in 2017, my ovary exploded, I had to undergo emergency surgery. It will be quite difficult for me to have children as they are.
– After that operation I tried all kinds of diets, including Keto վող intermittent fasting. I would lose 10 pounds and then regain it all, I just could not lose weight naturally.
Zoe, from Boston, Massachusetts, explained that she is an emotional eater, sometimes eating two ounces of ice cream a day. She is pictured losing weight
But after warning his doctor, he decided to turn the situation around, but it was not easy. She is pictured before weight loss (left) և after (right).
He tried all kinds of diets and exercises, but, unfortunately, none of them worked. She is pictured before weight loss (left) և after (right).
“It was September 2020 that I decided to have weight loss surgery, I twice postponed the actual date of surgery because of COVID.
“I finally had surgery in April 2021, now nine months have passed since the surgery, I have exceeded my target weight.
“I currently maintain a weight of 147 pounds, learn healthier eating habits, control my dose.
“I will get married in 2023, I plan to have a child after the wedding, after graduating from nursing school. My ovaries are doing great now that I’m healthier.
Before the operation, Zoe was with her fiancé, 23-year-old Brandon, who insisted that she was fully supportive all the time.
“He was very supportive, he was always my rock,” he said.
– It does not mean that he was not afraid, that it is a big decision that changes his life – a serious operation.
“But I educated him about everything that was going on. He saw that I went to all my doctor’s appointments. I took it seriously.”
“Even after the operation, he was my number one supporter. Like now, when we make dinner, he will cook for me և he’s in small portions because he knows I can not eat much.
“We were engaged in September 2021, he’s just wonderful. We definitely want to try to have children after the wedding. ”
In September 2020, she began studying weight loss surgery; in April 2021, she underwent a vertical spine gastrectomy. She is pictured before weight loss (left) և after (right)
She wanted to lose at least a hundred pounds, she has now achieved her goal of losing 147 pounds. She is pictured losing weight
Before the operation, Zoe was with her fiancé, 23-year-old Brandon (left), claiming that she was fully supportive all the time. They are going to get married in 2023
Zoe is very happy with how her life has improved after her surgery, she now has new perspectives on life.
“I am so much happier that I always thought I would be unhappy forever,” he explained.
“I never knew I could love myself the way I do now, ‘only I do not love myself because’ I’m thinner.
“There are things I can do now that I could not do, as it makes my life easier.
“For example, running, I’m a babysitter, I have to run with the kids. When I was overweight, it was incredibly difficult.
“Now I can run all day, not get tired, I am healthier, I love myself.
“It’s just a really good feeling when you can finally enjoy looking in the mirror, not cutting everything.”
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which the ovaries produce abnormal amounts of androgens, the male sex hormones that are usually present in small amounts in women.
- In some cases, a woman does not produce enough of the hormones needed for ovulation. When ovulation does not occur, many small cysts can form on the ovaries
- If a cyst ruptures, it can cause sepsis, a life-threatening immune response to harmful bacteria.
- Symptoms you may experience if you have a ruptured ovarian cyst include sudden, sharp pain in the lower abdomen or back, vaginal discoloration or bleeding, bloating, severe nausea, vomiting, and fever.
- Blood flow to the ovary is reduced or interrupted when the weight of the cyst causes the ovary to turn over one or more times (called ovarian torsion). If this happens, surgery may be needed to restore blood flow
- The exact cause of PCOS is unclear. However, when insulin levels build up in the body, they can cause high levels of androgens. Obesity can increase insulin levels and worsen the symptoms of PCOS
- PCOS is often treated with medication. It may not cure PCOS, but it does help reduce the symptoms և prevent some health problems
- Source: HopkinsMedicine.org