Taking Control of My Life
My name is Deena and I've been married for 2 years. We married in June 2004 and got pregnant in Sept. 2004, resulting in a miscarriage.
Since then we have been so desperately trying to have a baby of our own. After 8 months of trying, I got on Clomid and stayed on it for 8 more months.
I cannot begin to explain the feeling of seeing no "dominant" eggs every month while having the monthly vaginal ultrasound for a follicle scan.
After 8 months, I went to see a reproductive endocrinologist and during my first vaginal ultrasound, he diagnosed me with PCOS. The pain was unbearable. My husband was so supportive.
One thing that sticks out my mind was the fact that I try to remember all of the positive outcomes of this experience: I didn't have another miscarriage, I am healthy overall, and I have a stepson.
Until today it is still hard. I've gotten off of Clomid and have been seeing a Chinese acupuncturist. I'm on a low-carb diet and have a regular exercise routine and am also on metformin (500 mg 3x's a day).
I've also been taking a multivitamin and will start on other supplements that I've learned about on the website.
I still have hope. I believe I wouldn't be having these strong urges to be a mother if I was not meant to have children.
Even though this story is not successful in terms of pregnancy, it is successful because I have had the opportunity to read and meet all of you and am taking control of my life by eating, exercising and taking excellent vitamins and supplements.
All of the other stories have been so encouraging.
Editor's comments: It seems that a diagnosis of PCOS is almost always a terrible shock. Not quite a death sentence but almost as bad. Your dreams of having a baby have gone up in smoke. You are emotionally devastated.
But there is still hope! Other women have been successful in achieving their dreams in spite of polycystic ovary syndrome.
Congratulations to Deena for exploring every possible avenue for dealing with the problem, including acupuncture, nutritional supplements, exercise, better diet, and a positive attitude. All of these things have been shown to be useful in overcoming PCOS and increasing your ability to become pregnant.
A good resource for dietary guidance is this e-book.
Here's a list of supplements that may be helpful for PCOS
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