Finally Pregnant With PCOS

(This is a guest post from Susan.)

I HAVE BEEN DATING MY HUSBAND SINCE I WAS 20 YEARS OLD.  WE NEVER TRIED TO PREVENT GETTING PREGNANT, ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT HAVE ANY LUCK CONCEIVING.

WE WERE MARRIED IN 2007 AND WILL BE MARRIED FOR 3 YEARS THIS APRIL.  I WAS HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH WEIGHT GAIN AND UNWANTED FACIAL HAIR (AND LOTS OF HAIR EVERYWHERE ELSE).  SO I BEGAN ELECTROLYSIS TO REMOVE MY FACIAL HAIR. MY MOM AND GRANDMA BOTH SEEMED TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM, SO I ASSUMED IT WAS HEREDITARY.

I WENT FOR ABOUT A YEAR OR SO AND SAW NO RESULTS, AND THE WOMAN WHO PERFORMED THE PROCESS, GOD BLESS HER, TOLD ME I SHOULD GO SEE A DR BECAUSE I MAY HAVE PCOS.  I THOUGHT “NOT ME,” BUT FINALLY WORKED UP THE COURAGE TO SEE THIS DR SHE TOLD ME ABOUT, A REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST.

HE RAN A SERIES OF BLOOD WORK AND COME TO FIND OUT MY TESTOSTERONE WAS DOUBLE WHAT A MAN’S LEVEL SHOULD BE, AND MY BLOOD SUGAR WAS WAY OUT OF WHACK.  I WAS EXCITED TO HEAR THAT SOMETHING WAS CAUSING THESE PROBLEMS, AND ALTHOUGH NOT CURABLE VERY TREATABLE.

SO I BEGAN TO TAKE 2000 MG OF METFORMIN DAILY TO HELP KEEP MY SUGAR IN CONTROL, AND ABOUT 1 YEAR LATER I HAD LOST 30 POUNDS.  I DIDN’T REALLY CHANGE ANYTHING, BUT I FOUND THAT THE MEDICINE HELPED ME NOT TO FEEL STARVING ALL THE TIME. NO MATTER WHAT, BEFORE THAT PILL I WAS ALWAYS HUNGRY, AND I COULD EAT ALL DAY AND STILL BE HUNGRY.

MY ENDOCRINOLOGIST KNEW HOW BADLY I WANTED TO BE PREGNANT AND REFERRED ME TO A FERTILITY SPECIALIST AFTER TRYING ON OUR OWN FOR SO LONG.

I BEGAN SEEING THIS DR. IN MARCH 2009. HE RAN A SERIES OF BLOOD TESTS, PAP SMEARS, ULTRASOUNDS, AND EVEN DID A PROCEDURE TO BLOW MY TUBES OUT TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE CLEAR AND OPEN.  HE SAID MY CHANCE OF CONCEIVING AFTER THIS PROCEDURE WAS VERY HIGH, MUCH TO NO SUCCESS FOR US.

SO THE NEXT STEP WAS TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE.  HE SAID I HAD A FEW OPTIONS – CAN TRY CLOMID (UGH ANOTHER PILL – NO THANK YOU!),  CAN DO GONAL F INJECTIONS (WHICH CAUSE YOU TO RELEASE MORE EGGS), ALONE OR ALONG WITH ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION.

I SAID LETS TRY THE INJECTIONS, AND WE DID. I DIDN’T REALLY WANT ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION, SO I ASKED TO TRY JUST THE INJECTIONS FOR ONE MONTH TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED.  AT THIS POINT I DIDN’T REALLY FEEL RUSHED, AS I HAD WAITED SO LONG ALREADY TO BE PREGNANT.

I DID THE INJECTIONS, WHICH REALLY WERE NOT BAD. I GAVE THEM TO MYSELF.  THEY TOLD ME THAT I MAY BE REALLY HORMONAL ON THEM.  I WASN’T REALLY.

ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE I WAS SUPPOSED TO START MY PERIOD I BEGAN WAKING UP DURING THE NIGHT, AND I WAS VOMITING IN THE MORNINGS AND JUST FELT CRAPPY ALL AROUND.  I WASN’T ABLE TO DO BLOOD UNTIL I MISSED MY PERIOD, AND I MISSED IT, AND THE NEXT DAY I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT.

IT WAS TRULY A MIRACLE TO ME HOW IT ALL WORKED OUT.  I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A BABY, AND NOW I AM 14 WEEKS PREGNANT AND DUE THE DAY BEFORE MY OWN BIRTHDAY.

GOD KNOWS THE PLAN, AND ALTHOUGH YOU DON’T ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THINGS ARE GOING YOUR WAY OR AS YOU WOULD PLAN FOR YOURSELF THEY ALWAYS WORK OUT IN THE END.

I HAVE BEEN SO SICK FOR WEEKS AND MISERABLE, AND I COMPLAIN EVERYDAY ABOUT MY ACHES AND PAINS,  BUT I KNOW IN MY HEART IF I WASN’T PREGNANT I WOULD BE SAD AND DEPRESSED. SO I DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THE BEST I KNOW HOW AND I TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME, BECAUSE I TRIED SO LONG FOR THIS AND I WILL TAKE BEING MISERABLE FOR 9 MONTHS TO HAVE A GIFT THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE.

HANG IN THERE – IT WILL WORK OUT JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT WON’T.  I WAS SO SHOCKED TO BE PREGNANT. I THOUGHT “OH NO ARE WE REALLY READY FOR THIS?” I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN, SO I NEVER LOOKED PAST GETTING PREGNANT.

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