Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Living with PCOS: Part One Periods and Fertility



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.  










22 comments:

  1. One of my best friends has PCOS and i understand completely how life-changing it can be, especially when it comes to trying for a family. You must feel so blessed to have been fortunate enough to have Blake xxx

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  2. I can imagine how awful it must be. I have a friend who probably has PCOS too, because her symptoms sounds a like yours. And like you, hers improved once she gave birth to her little boy. Little Blake is certainly a blessing :)

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  3. As with other chronic illnesses, I feel only admiration for people who carry on with their lives in spite of their crippling conditions. I am glad your story has had good parts but I am sure the day to day can be challenging.xx

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  4. Thanks for sharing. I have this condition since the age of 16 and its good to raise awareness. Gad you have your boy!

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  5. It sounds like it's such a hard thing to live with - there's such a lot that comes along with it. x

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  6. So glad to hear the happy ending of your story.

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  7. It must have been such a worry wondering if you could have children. It is great your symptoms have improved a little since having him x

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  8. It just doesn't seem fair that conceiving can be such a struggle for a lot of women and added to that, the pain and effects it has on the body. I too know women whose bodies have settled down after having a baby - yet ironically it's a struggle to conceive. I'm glad that treatment worked for you and you have your lovely little boy :) x

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  9. As a mum, i can imagine how upsetting this would have been for you. Glad to hear everything turned out great for you and you have your little boy :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing your story. I know a few people battling with PCOS.

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  11. I can't imagine how worrying it must have not knowing whether you could have children. I'm so pleased it worked out x x

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  12. Oh sorry to hear of your condition.
    It must have been so stressful for you.
    I am glad that you have your little boy, love a happy ending :)

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  13. It must be so hard living with this condition. I had endometriosis and can understand to a degree what the pain was like. I'm glad things have improved for you xx

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  14. PCOS is a very common condition, it isn't always easy to live with either. We had patents come in years ago as a last resort that had been told they couldn't have children but after being treated with herbal medicine they conceived which was great. There was a wall full of babies that would have never been if the parents hadn't come to us. I'm glad you had a little one quite fast on the fertility drug. Your little one is gorgeous x

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  15. My best friend has PCOS and really suffers. She had to have IVF to conceive and now has three adorable children

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  16. I can't imagine how difficult it is to live with this condition on a daily basis. It must be so worrying, but I'm so happy for you that you've been blessed with Blake x

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  17. Two of my friends have PCOS and both have totally different issues with it, I am glad there is more information now than there has been x

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  18. Well done you for sharing your story and helping to raise awareness. It must have been so stressful for you in the run up to getting pregnant, but its so wonderful that you now have your little boy :)

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  19. I'm sorry to hear that your journey and experience with PCOS has been a really bad one!! I've had ovary problems for years and was never taken seriously! I can relate to a lot lf this however PCOS was ruled out for me they thought instead I had endometriosis. This has neve been confirmed because I became pregnant before investigative surgery. Its recently started to arise again after years of no problems! Its hard being a woman!

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  20. I have PCOS, I was trying to have kids for nearly 10 years before the hospital helped me out. Now I have two beautiful kids 😘

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  21. I am glad all is good with you now, but it is such a hard thing to go through. Pleased things have settled now though

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  22. It must have been hard to go through, glad things are more back to normal for you now. have you ever tried herbal teas, they are great in regulating and helping body get to normal monthly cycles. xx

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