Getting Pregnant With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
In my lifetime, I have had a guessing total of 64 periods. Most women have this total in about 5 years. I am 28 now. I didn’t just suddenly become a woman 5 years ago. My body actually suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also known as PCOS is a condition that effects women’s hormone levels and creates more male hormones. Great if that doesn’t make me feel more manly I don’t know what else does. PCOS effects between 2-23% of women. Many women go undiagnosed.
The 3 main features include:
- Cysts in the ovaries
- High levels of male hormones
- Irregular or skipped periods
There are also many unwanted side effects such as:
- Inflammation/being overweight
- Insulin resistance
- Heavy bleeding
- Hair growth in unwanted places such as the face and body
- Dark skin patches
- Pregnancy complications and miscarriage
On top of that there are future worries for women with PCOS:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Endometrial cancer
Now that we are done the medical lesson let’s move on.
When I was about 18 I went to a doctor and told her I was missing many periods, and was concerned for my baby making future. She told me I wouldn’t have problems, and that my body was probably still regulating my menstrual cycle. Before that the only time my period was on point was when I took birth control for about a year. This wasn’t going to help the thought of my future. You can’t really take birth control to regulate a period and get pregnant.
I left that appointment feeling uneasy but I continued my life. I went off my birth control because at the time I felt zero need for it. I wasn’t getting periods. Therefore in my mind no babies. I had the mindset of if it happens it happens. I was pretty young to make that choice, but I didn’t want to stop something that had little chances of happening anyways.
After a year and a half or so I found out I was pregnant with my first son. After I gave birth to him I went back on the pill for about a year and then went off it. My periods went away again. When we decided to start trying for our second baby we tried ovulation tests and regular trying. We did this for about 2 years. Nothing happened.
I then went to my family doctor and he sent me in for an ultrasound. I was greeted with many little cysts in my ovaries and not long after my doctor diagnosed me. He then put me on a daily pill called Metformin, a diabetic drug that would help regulate my periods. On my second month of taking the pill I got pregnant with my second son. After a couple years and knowing what could help us I went back for more Metormin. After 2 months I got pregnant with my third son. Then as a shocker, after 3 months with my third son I naturally and with a form of birth control ended up pregnant with my fourth baby. And here we are.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be a real pain in the butt. A few side effects do follow me around on a regular basis. I do my best to just live life the best I can. However, I can happily say it never stopped me from my lifelong goal and that was to be a mom for 4 children.