Just a warning: this post talks about the female reproductive system.
Today I want to talk about PCOS. I had this huge thing written out already, talking about my story so far but decided to delete all of it because to be honest, while I would love to let everyone know what we have been through so far, I just feel like I need to make this post be more about PCOS and fact. And to be really honest, I was getting really emotional and frustrated thinking about what we have dealt with.
So, first of all, if you are unaware of what PCOS is, it’s Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. An ovary condition that prevents you to not ovulate or lessens your chances of ovulation. A big problem for those that want to have babies. A huge problem for those of us who have a desperate need to become a mom.
Ok I can’t write this post without getting a little more personal….
I have wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember. Like, since I was just a little kid playing with my dolls. It is my hearts deepest desire. More than anything else in this world, with every ounce of my being, there is nothing I want more for myself. I was first diagnosed with PCOS a little over a year ago. I have always had irregular cycles, ever since starting my period. What I mean by that is that from my very first period, I have not had a normal period. In the beginning I would have one every four months up until the age of seventeen. Then it was a consistent, non stop bleeding. I couldn’t tell where my actual period started or ended. I have done in total, three rounds of clomid which did not work. We didn’t have a very good experience with the doctor that I was seeing so we decided to try on our own with our new information. While still seeing that doctor, I had my tubes checked and LOTS of polyps removed, which I am thankful for and could not have done without Kyle or my family but most of all God. If any of you would like to know everything that we went through and what brought us to the decision of taking matters into our own hands then leave a comment and let me know if you want me to do a separate post on that.
So as I said before, PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. An ovary condition that makes you not ovulate or lessens your chances of ovulation. In most women it causes:
- Irregular periods- for some, they may not have one, or they may have bleeding all the time.
- Facial hair! Yeah that’s not fun
- Hair loss
- Heart disease
Some scary stuff there right? There could be more but those were the ones that popped up more while researching. There is no cure for PCOS and not much information on what causes it. It is a genetic condition and what is surprising about that is that I found out that women are not the only carriers! So before you go and get all upset with your mom or whatever, your dad could have been the one to pass it along to you! I was shocked to find that out.
So like I said before I tried clomid and it didn’t work. For some women it does but most insurance companies will only pay for so many rounds then it’s off to more expensive options. So if you don’t have the money for those, or you just want to take control of your symptoms, or if you’re not wanting to use western medicine, I have a few tips on how to take control of your health.
**This is not a cure, quick way to pregnancy, nor am I a doctor or anything like that. This is just what me and my husband decided to do and what has been working for us. AND I have yet to get pregnant!**
First thing I want to let people know is that if you are overweight, you need to take steps in taking control of that. I found a great blog that you can check out that gives you a grocery list to stick to. www.pcosdietsupport.com I have also found that sticking to the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle has helped out so much. So I would give those both a look at. The second thing you need to start doing is taking vitamins. These are what I have been taking:
- Folic acid: 400mcg- one tablet a day. This is good to take even if you aren’t pregnant yet.
- Zinc: 50mg- I take 2 caplets a day.
- Omega-3: 1000mg- I take 2 of these a day. Omega 3 is important. Most women in general are lacking in this. This also may reduce the risk of Coronary Heart Disease as well. If you like fish then you can just eat more fish instead of taking the supplement. I don’t like it so I take these.
- Vitex Fruit Vitamin: 400mg- most doctors are unfamiliar with this one as I recently found out that it is a Chinese herb. Take as directed on the bottle.
I got the folic acid and zinc at target and walmart. The omega 3 I got at costco and you can find Vitex fruit vitamin on amazon. I fully believe that eating healthier and taking these vitamins are helping as I have recently had my first normal period. A clear indication of my first day and last day!
Other things to try: If you like tea- spearmint tea, dandelion root tea, and raspberry tea. I’m sure there are more but those are the ones I have tried. Try to get the organic version of each of these teas.
You want to keep that in mind as well. The more organic you go the better. There are things I buy that aren’t but that’s just what was in most research. Also grass-fed meats. And get those dark leafy veggies. Broccoli is a main one that has popped up as well.
Along with eating healthier, you are going to want to add some exercise. One thing I did find out is that most women with PCOS can not only gain weight easier, but we can build muscle quicker. So if you don’t want to get all buff then stick to more cardio and light weights. Keep in mind that most women also have a harder time losing weight. So you want to exercise and keep at it but don’t overexert yourself and mix it up to keep your body from forming habit.
There is so much information out there guys. I would love to list everything on here to make it way easier on those that are seeking help. But these are the things that have helped me.
The biggest piece of advice for anyone is, don’t give up. There are going to be days where you struggle and just get so frustrated. But there is hope. I fully believe that God gives us the desires of our hearts. He isn’t going to give you this dream and need for nothing. There may be setbacks, but if you just pray and ask God to guide you, He will. He’s not going to turn His back on you or leave you to figure it out on
your own. He loves you more than anyone ever could. I believe God led us to my doctor so that I could get my procedures done. I needed to have those things done. I got answers to questions I had for many years. For that I am grateful for her but I also believe God led us to be done with her. There is only so much doctors can do, the rest is up to God.
I really hope with all my heart that this gives you peace. There is no greater comfort than resting in God’s peace.
Thank you all for stopping by and reading this long post! I pray for you all, that God will give you your hearts deepest desires.