Saturday, June 9, 2012

PCOS and ME

It was two years ago when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).   First question I asked then was why? Why me? Why now when we're ready to have another baby.  The more I thought about it, the more I get distressed.  I was fortunate enough to have a husband who tried so hard to divert my thoughts from Whys to Whats.  What do we need to do then?  It was he who kept asking my OB.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition where the woman's ovaries have many small cysts.  The cysts are follicles that have not properly developed because of hormonal abnormalities.  Those small cysts were detected by my OB when a Transvaginal Ultrasound was performed. 

There are several symptoms of PCOS and some women may or may not have all of them.  I have 2 out of the 4 mentioned.

Periods.  Not the punctuation mark but if you have irregular periods or don't have one at all, there is a possibility that you have PCOS.

Ovulation. If you have PCOS, then most likely your body is not ovulating every month, thus increasing your infertility rate.  Contrary to what I learned in school, having your period every month sometimes do not mean you are ovulating.  And unless you are very observant with your discharges and you know how to take your basal body temperature, ovulation is not something that can be easily predicted.  

Watch your Weight.  Are you overweight? Do you gain or lose weight easily? This could be signs that you have  hormonal imbalance.  I was X number (fill in the blank) of lbs overweight then.

Unwanted Hair.  When I was young, my cousins used to tease me that I look like my father with a thinning mustache.  Unwanted Hair. Check!

If you got anyone of the symptoms present and you're planning to have another child, then go see your doctor so you'll know what to do.  As for me, I finally got pregnant after 5 months of medication.  Some women who have PCOS takes longer than that.

What about you?  Are you one of those women who have PCOS too?










4 comments:

  1. Glad to know you got better and conceived! :)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Czjai. We're very happy too!

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  2. I know a couple of friends who had PCOS also but they have their won babies now. Good luck to your pregnancy and I always believe that God has its own purpose for giving us what we have now. Take care.

    Mommy Maye (http://momayes.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you Mommy Maye. I believe too that HE has his own reasons. We were very blessed to finally have our son after waiting for months....and now he's two. ambilis lang.

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