Infertility – Our Journey: Part 2

To check out part one just click here.

I left off part one, where I found out I had PCOS. I attended my GP for a follow-up and she explained to me what exactly PCOS was and how when looking closer I had a lot of symptoms of the disorder.

PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, and is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women.

The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating. In fact, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility.
  • Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
  • Hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um) — increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
  • Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
  • Pelvic pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep

Of the symptoms named above I had the first seven. On hearing of these symptoms from my GP and researching online I was happy to see that what I was experiencing and feeling had a name and hopefully a cure. I had been experiencing increased hair growth on my face, chest and stomach for a number of years and was always too embarrassed to see a doctor about it, at one stage about 4 years ago I started to get laser treatment on my upper lip and chin but the place closed suddenly and my money was gone.

My GP advised me to lose weight and to return in 4 months. From November 2013 – February 2014 I tried my best to lose some weight but found it near impossible, once I lost a few pounds they would come back on again. I had joined Weight Watchers and while the plan did work, my PCOS always raised its ugly head and the weight would pile back on.

In February 2014, I returned to my GP where she put me on medication called Metformin to take to help regulate my periods. She advised I return to visit her again in six months. Oh boy let me tell you Metformin is a rough medication, the side effects are severe, you really need to ensure you eat well and soon find out if you eat the wrong food (if you know what I mean). Also at this appointment she wrote a referral letter to a fertility clinic in Dublin City called HARI clinic.

So I set off with my medication and referral letter, hoping and praying, we would fall pregnant naturally and not need to attend the clinic…..

Part three of my journey will be live soon.

 

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