Don't give up on your dream of having a family

by Pamela
(Canada)

my cutie & me

my cutie & me

I had known I had PCOS for quite a while because my aunt and my cousin were diagnosed a few years back and my symptoms were the same.

I guess because I wasn't really at the point in my life where kids were a priority, I didn't feel really stressed about it. After 5 years of no prevention and no baby however, I decided to go to the doctor.

To no surprise I was diagnosed with PCOS on my next visit. The doctor didn't give me too much hope that I would be able to have a family the normal way... which was very hard for me to take.

The doctor encouraged me that when the time was right, there was always the option of fertility pills and other options too...most of which I wasn't really excited about after reading the side effects.

Anyway, she also encouraged me to lose some weight, eat as healthy as possible and exercise regularly to do whatever I could on my end of things. So I decided that week, that I would get my butt to the gym and add more lettuce to my diet.

8 months later, 23lbs lighter...my periods suddenly a little more regular and trying just a little bit harder...I got pregnant.

It was the most wonderful shock of my life...we hadn't really gotten our hopes up that it would work...we bought a 2 door car...had roomies... my life is so different now... I have the most beautiful little miracle I could ever ask for.

For any of you out there who are struggling the way I did...I know how you feel. PCOS can really take a lot away from you and make you feel...not completely woman.

I am living proof that a few adjustments in lifestyle could make all the difference.

I know it can really be discouraging if you have been trying to start a family for a while, but you have nothing to lose by trying the healthy way first.

My weight will always be a struggle for me, and I will still have those stupid black hairs to pluck out of my chin almost every morning, but I feel like I was able to beat the largest part of the struggle by finally starting my family. Now to hit the gym and start on baby #2!!

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