PCOS: Where Do I Start?

by Jesika Divine
(Clearwater, Florida)

My name is Jesika and I was diagnosed with PCOS about a year ago.

I am 24 years old, and I have always had a problem with my menstrual cycle. I would have it one month, and then I wouldn't get it for 3-4 months at a time.

I always knew/felt something was wrong, but I never thought to get it looked into because it wasn't a big deal.

Well, my fiancé and I have been trying to conceive for the past year with no luck.

When I told my doctor what was going on, I got blood work done and a pelvic ultrasound, and that's when the bomb dropped.

My entire life all I ever wanted to be is a mother, so when I heard the news I was very, very depressed about it.

I felt like I couldn't talk to anyone about it because anyone who doesn't have PCOS thinks it's not a big deal...when in reality it IS a big deal.

Even when I spoke to my fiancé about it he said it was going to be okay and that we will figure it out, but it still felt like he doesn't understand the hurt that I feel...like why me?!

I don't know about anyone on here but I feel very alone and I don't even know where to start. Nothing is wrong with my weight and I guess I could eat healthier, but I don't have the money for it. As a women who can't conceive naturally (without medications I mean, which was the only option they gave me that I would be able to conceive), it hurts my pride.

Reading these stories have given me a new sense of hope. I just wish there was more like a support group that we could sit down and talk and give advice etc...to all the women that have PCOS.

I understand what you're going through and never give up. It will always be hard for us, but God only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.

God Bless.

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A few quick ideas to get started...
by: PCOS Editor

You might poke around this website and look at the information we have. For example, we discuss how the supplement inositol can improve egg quality and increase probability if a successful pregnancy, even if your resort to IVF.

We also talk a lot about the role of vitamin D in controlling insulin resistance, and improving ovulation. (Have you had a vitamin D test? If not get a test and find out if your test value is below 50. If so, consider supplemental vitamin D.

We talk a lot about omega-3 fish oil, which is critical to controlling hidden chronic inflammation. Excess inflammation and impair pregnancy.

Of course, diet is the centerpiece of any effort to start a family. Do everything you can to minimize processed, refined convenience foods. I know they're cheap. But unfortunately, they are not cheap in terms of your health, nor in your ability to become pregnant and sustain a pregnancy.

Please remember that your diet while you are pregnant will largely determine whether your future son or daughter develops chronic disease. We discuss this important issue on our site.

Consider avoiding products containing wheat, soy and corn, since these foods contain a herbicide that is a poison to your body. Eat fresh or frozen vegetables as much as possible.

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