A Huge Relief

by Jamie
(Washington)

(Summary: I've now been through every blood test and ultrasound they can throw at me and have emerged with a clean bill of health save for PCOS. The doctor has put me on metformin and we are hopeful…)

My PCOS story is similar to others I have read here, but with a twist that is uncommon. I began menstruation when I was 11 and for the next 4 years had a very normal cycle, every 28 days like clockwork. Then I was forced by an over-protective parent to get the norplant birth control implants.

The implants last for 5 years and during that time I gained weight and my cycle was nonexistent. Of course at the time I thought I was pretty lucky that I only had to deal with a period every 6 months or so. When the 5 years was up I was married, but we weren't ready for kids so I had another norplant put in. Another 5 years of almost no cycle. When that one was up we decided to go to other methods of birth control until we were ready.

When the norplant was removed the doctor told me it would be a few months until my cycle returned, but it never really did. I would go 2-3 months with nothing then, BAM! I'd bleed for 6 weeks. It was miserable. I went back to the doctor and they put me on the pill to regulate my cycle which worked.

Flash forward several years and a divorce later...my partner and I decide to start a family so I go off the birth control hoping that my body had somehow righted itself. It hadn't. Within 3 months I knew that there was something wrong.

I've now been through every blood test and ultrasound they can throw at me and have emerged with a clean bill of health save for PCOS. The doctor has put me on metformin and we are hopeful that soon we will have a bundle on the way. I am also going to a acupuncturist/herbalist to help with weight loss and ovulation as well as changing my diet to a more natural and healthy one.

For me just knowing what the problem is and knowing I am not alone has been a huge relief. Now that I have a direction to go I am confident I can overcome this obstacle and soon be joining the ranks of motherhood!

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