A Personal Struggle with PCOS

A Personal Struggle with PCOS

Warning Signs That Can Lead To Issues With Infertility

By Heather Courville

I am not a medical expert, doctor or nurse. I am just a wife and mom sharing my personal experiences in hopes of helping someone else. Originally, this was a post that I shared on my blog. Several readers reached out to me since the post, saying that reading it, has helped them in their journey. Two close friends have told me they presented the symptoms shared of PCOS to their doctors and have since gotten on the right medication and have been able to get pregnant!

We started “trying again” as soon as we were medically cleared to do so after the loss of our twin boys, Nyle & Griffin. What trying again looked like for us: Charting every month, keeping a detailed journal of what my cycles were like, using ovulation predictors, (rarely did I have a peek ovulation according to the OPK), taking supplements, using PreSeed, getting adjusted by my chiropractor the day before and after I believed to have ovulated. Some months we didn’t do any of these things and just “relaxed.” You know what they say, “You just need to relax and it will happen.” (Insert ALL the eye rolls) Anyone struggling with infertility knows how ridiculous this truly is. Having happy thoughts and relaxing will not cure infertility. Then there is science.

Heathe and I were both going to different doctors for several months. My doctor ran labs andeverything looked great, except for my progesterone. Here lies the problem, I literally had NO progesterone. This means I was not ovulating. I started taking 500 mg a day of Metformin for PCOS(Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

Let’s talk about Metformin. My OB wanted me to go easy with the Metformin because it can cause some pretty terrible stomach issues. I was told to slowly increase my dose. I was able to get to 1,500 mg in 7short days! So ladies, limit your sugar/carb intake and the Metforminwill be easier on your tummy.

Apparently getting pregnant at all was a miracle, due to the fact that I had PCOS and low progesterone for years and never knew the symptoms. If you are struggling, reach out to your OB/GYN. There are medications and things you can do to help yourself!

Symptoms of PCOS are:

Weight Gain About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.

Fatigue Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy.

Hair Growth Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism).

Hair Loss Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.

Infertility PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility.

Acne Hormonal changes related to androgens (a group of hormones that play a role in male traits and reproductive activity; present in both males and females) can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.

Mood changes Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.

Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.

Headaches Hormonal changes can prompt headaches.

Sleep Problems Women with PCOS often report problems with insomnia or poor sleep.

There are so many things that have to be aligned just right in order to conceive a child. If the above information and what I learned from my experience helps others to piece together what’s going on with their infertility journey, I’d share my experience again and again.

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