Living with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is hard. I read that one in ten women have the condition so it is pretty common. I wanted to share with you all my experience of having PCOS and the different symptoms I have and things I struggle with.
I've split it into two posts part one today's post is about Periods and fertility and the next post is all about weight and body image.
I started my periods at a young age and for the first year as like most girls my period wasn't regular and then I started to get other symptoms on top of not having periods such as struggling with my weight, my hair becoming fine, getting excess hair on my body.
When I did get periods I was agony and sometimes find this the case still now. I was 15 when I was diagnosed with PCOS and was put on the pill which the Dr's see as a solution.
When it came to wanting to start a family 8 years after being diagnosed,I had very mixed emotions. I really wanted to have a child and the thought of being told I couldn't have children terrified me. I was referred to see a gynecologist and whilst I was waiting for a referral I decided to try and loose weight, which I'll go into more about in my next post. After seeing the gynecologist I under went a wide range of tests and after loosing about 3-4 stone I was put on Metaformin and fertility drugs to help me conceive. I also had to have monthly blood tests to see if I was ovulating. I fell pregnant after being on fertility drugs for 4 months which is quicker than I had expected. It took about a year from the beginning of being referred to fall pregnant.
When I was pregnant with Blake I spent alot of time worrying. I was told that the pregnancy was high risk because of PCOS. It meant that I had to have a glucose tolerance test to make sure I didn't have gestational diabetes but also kept an eye on more by seeing a consultant regularly. I am blessed to have such a happy and healthy little boy who was born back in December 2014.
I am very lucky as others with PCOS may have a more harder time when it comes to having a child. I'm also lucky that since having Blake my periods have become regular. Even so PCOS will always be a part of me and it's something I will always struggle with.