Understanding PCOS

For anyone who does not know, PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS is often times accompanied by diabetes (in my case, type 2 diabetes) and it can affect fertility in many ways. PCOS causes many women to have several small cysts on their ovaries that can lead to hormone imbalances, irregular periods, high blood pressure, weight gain, and the big one- fertility problems. PCOS causes anovulation in women meaning that they do not ovulate or release eggs regularly and that in turn causes irregular cycles.

There is no cure for PCOS but there are some treatments to manage PCOS. Many times, women with PCOS will also take metformin. Some women will use birth control pills to reduce their symptoms and most women will require the aide of fertility medications to get pregnant.

Getting the diagnosis of PCOS was a blessing and a major frustration. By knowing that I had PCOS, we were able to finally know that there was a problem and begin what we need to fix it. That was also the frustration, we have an obstacle to overcome to start our family. When we got the diagnosis, it was explained to my husband and I that the PCOS is why I have so many cysts, it is why my cycles are irregular, it is accompanied by my diabetes, and that we should be able to overcome it. The first step for my husband and myself was to do our own research and see what risks we had with this diagnosis and what we could be doing to improve our chances of starting a family. During our research, we learned that we had a higher risk of miscarriages. We learned more about ovulation and the fact that without, there will be no pregnancy. We learned more about fertility drugs such as Clomid and their risks.

After all of our research and re-cooperating from the abundance of information that we had digested and were making sense of. Learning everything that we did made us come to the realization that starting a family was not going to be as easy as we thought it was. That stung. By the time we got the diagnosis, we had been trying for 1 year and 4 months. We were 22 and 24 at the time of diagnosis. How can a couple so young have these problems? I never really expected that obstacle and to say it tested my faith would be an understatement.

For my treatment of PCOS, we decided to proceed with surgery since I was having an overwhelming amount of pain and begin metformin. We were offered Clomid but decided to decline the fertility drug to give trying naturally with just metformin and the surgery a chance. If I am being honest, the side effects of Clomid scared my husband and I and the risk of multiple births made us nervous. We both would be thrilled to have twins if that was what God intended for us, but we were concerned with the health risks associated. At the time, surgery and metformin was the best choice for us.

My next post will be in regards to the results of my surgery.



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