I started to feel uncomfortable when my monthly period stayed for two months straight. It was too light, that it comes only in the morning, and stops in the afternoon. I was afraid to ask my mom to accompany me to a doctor, so I went to an OB-Gyne by myself. I went to an OB-Gyne who knows my family, so I would be more comfortable during check ups. After some questions and family health background, she requested me to undergo a Transvi, or Transvaginal Ultrasound.
|This is a type of pelvic ultrasound used to look at a woman's reproductive organs, including uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vagina. It uses and internal probe or transducer for closer access to the structures that needs evaluation.|
After my ultrasound, the doctor told me that I have this thing called PCOS. The OB-Gyne explained everything to me, but, back then, I didn't quite understand how it was going to affect my body. My primary concern then was if I will be able to get pregnant by the time I wanted to.
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is one of the most common female endocrine disorders. It is a health problem that can affect a woman's hormones. It can cause unwanted changes in the body, period problems, and it CAN make a woman difficult to get pregnant due to infertility. PCOS can also cause obesity and acne.
|This is an image of affected ovaries seen through a Transvaginal Ultrasound|
I was too paranoid about that "difficulty of getting pregnant" even at a young age. I really love kids, and wanted to raise my own children. I started taking care of my nephews and nieces at a young age. I was too worried not to have my own. I was even advised to get married before the age of 24, so I wouldn't have a hard time trying to get pregnant.
For treatment, my first OB asked me to take PROVERA. This is a medication used to induce a period in a woman who has irregular periods. It helped me have my normal period back after 3 days of taking it, so I continued as per required by doctor. But I had to seek for my OB's advice after three months of taking it. taking Provera resulted to severe acne, and gain weight. But she asked me to continue taking the meds, with METFORMIN.
METFORMIN is an anti-diabetic drug sometimes used to treat PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), although it is used chiefly to help control Type 2 diabetes. But some smart doctors discovered that it can effectively treat PCOS as it helps in ovulation and pregnancy. It can also help reduce weight.
After six months of treatment, I had my second ultrasound, and my ovaries were cleared from PCOS. But, I had to go back to my OB-Gyne after a year, because I've been seeing acne on my face again, and I was terribly gaining weight. I never came back to my first OB-Gyne, after she joked around and told me that I wouldn't be able to get pregnant anymore. I was too confused and tried to get help from different OB's near our city. And I even stopped the treatment because I thought it was useless.
When my boyfriend and I always talked about the future, I was inspired to take treatments again. So if ever we decide to get married, there'd be a hope for pregnancy. I tried to look for an OB-Gyne AGAIN, to help me with PCOS. My period was regular, but, I had severe acne again, and my biggest weight gain ever. I met a good doctor, and advised me to combine Metformin with ALTHEA.
ALTHEA is a 21- cycle birth control pill product released by Trust Family Program or TFP. It is referred to as TFP’s “beauty pill” because it has the same formulation as that of the more expensive Diane-35. With Metformin, for the first three months, I can still see acne marks and I gained more weight. But, my body had adjusted easily and gave me good results. I started to take this treatment seriously one year before our wedding. I was hopeful that this would result to a positive pregnancy test in the future.
November 2011, I stopped taking ALTHEA, but continued taking Metformin until December 30, 2011. My last ultrasound showed that my LEFT Ovary still has PCOS. I had two periods for December 2011. First was Dec. 4-7, and December 27-30... Nice timing for our wedding day huh?! =)
We got married last December 30, 2011. I had missed my period for January, but it gave us a negative pregnancy test. I had my period on February 1-4, 2012. From January, I always felt sick. I had fever, diarrhea, migraine, etc. My grandmother once said that the reason why I've been sick for long, is because my body has been preparing for pregnancy. I wanted to believe that, of course. =) But, I convinced myself that all of these were caused by my withdrawal from the pills.
Last March, I felt more sick and always had fever. Especially every morning to afternoon. When my period got delayed once again, I decided to try another pregnancy test, but it resulted negative. I never told anyone I took a pregnancy test. But after three weeks of delayed period, everyone suspected me being pregnant. I tried to ignore them and even got mad at my sister and husband when I heard them talking about pregnancy. During that time, pregnancy symptoms were already existing, but I was too in-denial, because I didn't want to see a negative pregnancy test again. You know, it's really frustrating to see a negative PT, when you already wanted to have a baby.
Hubby had convinced me to see a doctor, to find out what has been happening to my body. Hubby said, he really knows that I'm already pregnant. I was just the only one who didn't know. At the ER, we were asked to wait for an hour for another pregnancy test. I was too nervous, and I even asked, why does it have to take that long for them to tell me that I am sick, and that I'm not pregnant. Then the doctor came, her eyes were smiling, and showed me a POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST! Tears of joy really dropped, and asked the doctor if it was okay to cry. During that time, I was 4 weeks and two days pregnant.
Here's our baby's first picture:
|9 weeks and 4 days =)|
And most of all, PRAY and BELIEVE in HIM. God will do the rest.
I never expected that I would be sharing this story to women who had PCOS like me, I used to be joining forums and discussions, and continued searching for success stories about PCOS and Pregnancy. I hope I would be able to inspire women in this condition, and hopefully, one day, the one reading this blog, will also be sharing her happy story. =)
By the way, my left ovary, which remained polycystic over the years, was the one that produced a fertile egg... So don't worry. Everything is possible.