Maci Bookout has gained a huge following over the years when it comes to her Teen Mom fans, and it’s not hard to see why. Although some of her cast members may have made more controversial choices over the years, Maci has been consistent in her focus on her own growth, her husband Tyler McKinney, and her children. She has proven to be strong and able to fight back anyone who might not have the best intentions for her and her children. No wonder so many of her fans look up to her as a mother and as a woman.
There’s one other reason Maci is so popular with her fans: because of how open she is about her struggles. When fans consider just how much she’s overcome through the years, it’s hard to overlook the strength the must have to get through it all. Her openness about her struggles have proven just how much she’s had to fight to get to where she is.
Now, she’s opening up about yet another difficulty in her life that she’s had to overcome. She’s shared with fans what she describes as “the worst pain ever” and how it’s affected her health over the years.
Millions of women worldwide are affected with numerous fertility and women’s health problems, and the cast of Teen Mom isn’t unaffected. Maci Bookout recently opened up about her devastating miscarriage of her daughter named “Dandy.” Now she’s sharing that this isn’t the only health concern she’s gone through over the years.
“About eight years ago, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome,” Maci revealed in a recent episode of Teen Mom OG. “My symptoms can be frustrating, so I rarely talk about it.”
“I can go six months and not have a cycle, then have one and bleed literally for like a month straight,” she shared. “It’s like the worst pain ever. It is terrible.”
“The hard part about it is the anxiety and irritability that comes along with it,” she added. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘If i didn’t have PCOS then maybe I wouldn’t have been as irritable with my children today.’”
Later, Maci opened up with a producer, Jeni, who also suffers from the disease. “I feel like I’m just as frustrated as I was before,” Maci said.
“I think the first thing that frustrated me… is that the doctor started off by saying it’s a manageable disease,” Jeni shared.
“It’s somewhat manageable with medicine, but it’s always a lose-lose,” said Maci. “There’s never a win with the medication. You’re changing a symptom for a side effect… and the [ovarian drilling surgery option] just seems absurd. I don’t feel like that would ever really be an option.”