Update: Almost two months after this post was written, I found out I was pregnant! I am due late June, 2015.
Before I really get into it, I thought I’d give you a little background about myself to paint a better picture for you. I am in my early 30’s, I am a wife, a mother to a 7 year old. My husband and I love the idea of expanding our family and giving our daughter a sibling. We have loved the idea for the past 4+ years but we have not had much luck achieving that. Initially that was the goal I was striving for but now, my goal has changed, it has shifted. It has become a goal to get myself healthy so I can live a wonderful, long and healthy life. If we have another child, that would be a dream come true but if I can be honest, I’m past the dreaming stage, my hopes are dwindling and I am facing a harsh reality here that it could very well not be a possibility for us. I have come to accept what I have, what I cannot change and just try my best to be healthy, get healthier and do what I can. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t… I guess it just doesn’t. That’s about as easy as it can be at this point. It’s a process that I’ve learned does not come easy.
So, let’s begin.
I wasn’t always so concerned with my health and six months ago, I had no idea anything was even wrong with me internally. I would go about my business, living life as I normally would and have no idea that the PCOS I would be diagnosed with would have been the cause to many problems I had been facing.
As for the problems, there were a few. Some of the main concerns were my irregular cycles, trouble conceiving after 4 years.
The first OBGYN that I saw actually told me that I’m fine. She had a few concerns but nothing that required a follow up appointment so I went about my business. Many months later, still concerned with my irregular cycles, I decided to contact another OBGYN. I suppose I just wasn’t comfortable with the first one. My second appointment was filled with many tests but the outcome was this: need to eat better, exercise and see them again in a few months. I was told that I didn’t have PCOS just by her looking at me so I thought, hmmm okay and went about my business. Only this time, I was cautiously optimistic.
It wasn’t until a few months later that I realized I had a lot of the symptoms of PCOS and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I could very well have it. This was my gut instinct kicking into high gear. I wasn’t experiencing any acne, hair growth or any of those symptoms. I was more concerned with the high triglycerides, irregular cycles, problems conceiving, problems carrying full-term and a few more symptoms that really stood out to me.
Armed with a load of information, I decided to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). I was nervous, I knew it would cost a lot but I was willing to find out what was going on with my health. My RE has done a load of tests, from blood work to glucose, progesterone levels, insulin levels, genetic screening, prolactin, cortisol, you name it, I’ve been tested for it in the last 2 months. A lot of my tests came back fine but there were a few concerns: low progesterone and high insulin levels. Guess what else? I had PCOS. Most definitely. This was the root of a lot of my problems. I couldn’t shake that feeling of wow, what if I didn’t get a second or third opinion? My issues could have gone untreated and who knows what would have happened.
I found out about my insulin and progesterone levels today. Next steps, make an appointment next week to figure out what to do. Will you join me on this journey?
PCOS Confessions is a new series on Modern Day Moms that is wildly honest, full of a little too much info and a whole lot of personal experiences. Recently diagnosed with PCOS, I’m on a mission to learn more about it and share my experiences with others. Read all of the confessions here.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. PCOS has many signs — things you or your doctor can see or measure — and symptoms — things that you notice or feel. Every woman with PCOS may be affected a little differently. (s)