PCOS story, Pregnant

by Kathleen
(San Mateo, CA, USA)

I got married young, 17, and thought I had plenty of time to get pregnant. My husband and I were using two forms of birth control.

I had what would later be diagnosed as PCOS and endometriosis from the age of 11 but didn't know because I had been put on birth control. My mom had been diagnosed with PCOS after she had children before she had a hysterectomy.

When I was 20, my husband was in the service (Navy) and so I was seeing military doctors.

They were not helpful with my syndrome. They told me that I needed to be off of birth control for a year before they would prescribe me anything for my infertility associated with PCOS (which they diagnosed me with, with no ultra sounds or blood test).

Once I stopped taking the birth control I bleed constantly for a year (Very light) -- part PCOS and endometriosis.

They would try and jump start my ovulation with birth control.

After my husband got out of the service I finally saw a real specialist. They tried Metformin and Clomid. I got up to the max dose without any success.

The doctor referred me to a reproductive endocrinologist. There was the option of injecting myself with the stronger hormones.

WE decided that before we tried that-- I was going to go on diet, lose some weight and try and do things naturally.

I'm 175lbs and have lost 8 pounds so far by eating a low carb diet and exercising.

I'm 28 now and just had the ovarian drilling done. I had a great doctor with a wonderful reputation.

Since the surgery and a combination of the metformin (only a few months after) I just found out I'm pregnant.

I understand what it's like to live with the symptoms for years and feel the devastation of infertility. Don't lose hope :)

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