Walking with PCOS, Starting Down the Right Path

by Kelly
(Australia)

Hi everyone, I don't have a success story just yet, but I'm certainly taking steps in the right direction.

I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 17yo and was prescribed the contraceptive pill. I stopped taking it early Jan 2009 and I'm now almost 29 years old.

My mum also has PCOS and she conceived both me and my brother naturally (although that wasn't an easy feat itself).

I have been married for just under 2 years and my husband and I are trying for a baby right now. I have used OPK's and I've even brought a saliva microscope test. I haven't yet received a firm positive result from either tests to indicate that I am ovulating. I've been told that I have to give myself a year and if I'm not pregnant within that time, I have to go see the doctor.

I am generally a very patient person, but my desire to have a baby is great right now. And most of the time, I feel like a slave in my own body.

I'm going to focus on losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle.

And I'm going to try and not let it get me down. But I can't help but think about having a baby 24/7. I do look at other mums-to-be and I'm jealous.

I am scared that I won't be able to conceive naturally (and after reading so many different stories on the internet, I'm confused more than ever). But I don't really have anyone else to talk to about this and I felt that sharing my story on this forum might help me feel better and more positive for the future.

I know there are people out there who have conceived naturally (and I'm proof of that). But the road of PCOS is unknown and it's bloody scary!!

I hope I catch some of that baby dust that is out there, just for me. And to all of you, I wish you the best of luck with your healthy lifestyle. And if you're like me, who desires to hear the little pitter patter of tiny feet, I hope that baby dust finds you too.

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Editor's comments:

Congratulate yourself on your intention: "I'm going to focus on losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle." There's no question that this will improve your odds of being fertility and getting pregnant. If you're overweight, even 5% - 10% of fat weight loss could tip the hormonal scales in your favor.

We also suggest that you increase your exercise by a significant amount.

Yes, PCOS can be scary. But it's only really scary if you don't know what to do about it. Our research into polycystic ovary syndrome shows that a much healthier diet, stress reduction and increased exercise and physical activity can do much to relieve symptoms and improve fertility. We have a ton of information about all this on our website…take the time to explore our site carefully. Or you can get our book.

There are also selected nutritional supplements that have been shown to be helpful for dealing with PCOS.

Hormone therapy, such as natural progesterone, may be helpful if you're not ovulating due to a luteal phase progesterone deficiency.

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