I was diagnosed with PCOS in the spring of 2007 (after 6 months of marriage and trying to conceive).
I believe that I have actually had PCOS since my teen years as I have always had issues with periods (as well as excessive hair growth and skin tags forming on my neck).
Once I got the diagnosis I thought I would never be able to have a baby.
I did not want to use fertility drugs of any kind (religious reasons) and knew I'd never go as far as IVF.
I have always been overweight - I have about 70-80 pounds that I need to lose!
After 4 years of trying to conceive and also trying to lose weight, I was at the point of being okay with never having a child.
Well in early February of this year (2011), I found out I was pregnant! I missed my period in Nov. and Dec. - took some meds to bring on a period.
Had 2 periods in Jan. and also started taking Metformin.
I conceived right around the last (or 2nd last) week of January. My beautiful daughter Ava was born on October 20th - one week early!
I thank God every day for my little miracle!
All I can say to other women who have PCOS and are having a difficult time conceiving - don't ever give up hope: just have faith that everything will turn out the way you want it to.
Editor's comments: Hi Michelle, Congrats on your baby girl!
I totally agree there is no reason for any women who has PCOS to lose hope of becoming pregnant and having a successful pregnancy.
Since there are many factors contributing to lack of a normal cycle, what one needs to do is identify and correct those factors. The human body is really complicated. Dozens of hormones and other signaling molecules are telling the body what to do or not do. The trick is to learn how to influence these hormones and molecules.
On top of this, women with polycystic ovary syndrome have genetic factors at play. But there is good news. Your genes can change their behavior, by changing environmental factors that influence your genes.