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 4 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) you ask?
“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 periods, hair loss, weight gain, etc.
I was then told that if I wanted to get pregnant, I would need to shed some weight and live a healthier lifestyle. At the time I was averaging on running about +-30km a week. I honestly thought that this would help but it didn’t.
We were ready to have a baby, but the world was not ready for us yet. We knew it was going to be a process, but we put our trust in the Almighty knowing that he would guide us and when its our time it would happen for us.
To be continued….