- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2006
I just thought I would share my story as a way of giving hope to all you bees who also suffer with the complications of PCOS. I was diagnosed in November 2010 after multiple diagnostic tests. I was having really irregular periods, and was quite concerned. The longest cycle I ever had was 8 months, and that’s pretty devastating to someone who wants children.
I had a series of blood tests and ultrasounds at a specialist’s office and they discovered that I was “borderline” diabetic and there was serious talk of putting me on metformin to try and get me to ovulate more regularly and control my insulin. As someone without a drug plan, that wasn’t ideal, and I’m pretty gun-shy when it comes to medications anyways. I usually prefer to try the all natural route first before going with a prescription, etc.
I had put on about 40lbs since getting married (this was over 4 years) and I knew part of the problem was the excess weight. I had to knuckle down and change my lifestyle. I read absolutely every book on PCOS and fertility issues that I could find and basically developed my own treatment program. I cut out all processed foods, excess sugars and tried to stick to “good” fats like avocados and fish. I watched not only my carb intake, but also my salt and sugar intakes as well. I did not count calories, but I kept my grams of fat per day to a healthy range for my age and height. I also started taking prenatal vitamins and drank water until I felt like my eyeballs were floating. I walked on the treatmill at a brisk pace about 4 times a week for an hour each time, and slowly the weight came off. I ended up losing the 40lbs over about 9 months, and noticed my periods were become more regular. Instead of going 4-6 months between periods, my cycles were coming closer together and it would be more like 4-8 weeks.
I also started taking my basal temp in the morning and really paying attention to whether or not I was ovulating. I wasn’t ovulating every cycle, but I did have evidence that each ovary was capable of ovulation (which was good news, we were concerned about my right one). As the weight came off and I started to feel healthy, I really began to be in tune with my cycles and started to actually see a pattern in my basal temp charts. This allowed me to better predict ovulation.
In June 2012, we found out I was pregnant. I truly was shocked but also extremely proud of myself for not giving up and giving my baby a very healthy start. Our absolutely gorgeous son was born in February 2013, and we could not be happier.
So bees, if you’re suffering from PCOS, there is hope. I don’t want to tell you that what I did is exactly what you should do to have success, but definitely leading a healthier lifestyle can’t hurt. And a good relationship with your doctor is key, mine was always very supportive of my manner of handling this situation.
Never give up, miracles absolutely DO happen!