Growing up I had always had issues with my menstrual cycle. At the time I brushed it one side and just thought that an inconsistent period was normal. Nevertheless it wasn’t.
About 3 years ago we decided that we were ready to start our own little family. At the time I had been using the Evra Patch which had given me no side effects and was working perfect for me.
I then went off the patch and booked myself a pap smear for the first time. I never really believed in having pap smears so never went before but knew the time had come. I booked the appointment and was not sure what the outcome would be.
While at the check-up I had advised my gynae that I was ready to start a family and she had then checked to make sure everything was ok. Once she did the ultrasound and after asking me a few questions she had immediately diagnosed me with PCOS.
What is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) ?
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.
The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.” – Mayo Clinic
Imagine going to the gynae thinking nothing is wrong and here you get diagnosed with something that you never knew existed. This had obviously explained the inconsistent menstrual cycles, hair loss, weight gain, etc. Things I thought was normal but obviously wasn’t.
I was then told that if I wanted to get pregnant I would need to shed some weight and live a healthier lifestyle. I honestly thought that being as active as I was at the time would have helped but it never!
Living with PCOS
After finding out I had PCOS the first thing I obviously had done was googled as much as I could to try and understand this condition better. What I had found out was that sometimes it goes away and it could also last a lifetime. There is no treatment for PCOS besides living a healthier lifestyle. to decrease the impact of some of the symptoms.
I remember people asking me when I was planning on having a baby and sometimes I just never knew how to respond. How do you tell someone you not sure and you are trying but it could happen or it couldn’t happen.
After a few months of trying I finally got the big positive! I had only lost about 3kg’s and it had made a difference. I now am very open about my condition and I do not see it as something that we women should be afraid to say we have. Women need to be more open and supportive to one another. Speaking out and hearing everyone else’s stories helps in knowing that you are not alone.
I have PCOS and yes I managed to get my little rainbow baby. Whether or not there will be another rainbow baby is all in the hands of the Almighty and whatever he wills I will accept.
Love, Berry Babies!