Saturday, September 19, 2009

I have PCOS

PCOS = Polycystic Ovarian Sydrome

Basically this means I have many (poly) cysts in my ovaries. The symptoms include irregular periods, inability to lose weight and wacky hormone levels. I have all three - but apparently I have a mild case, and the fact that I've lost 30kg has gone to help it not being all that severe, which I guess is a good thing. It also explains why I haven't been able to lose weight.

I feel relieved that I finally have a reason as to why I have been stuck on this god aweful plateau for the past year. I mean, all you regular followers would know that I exercise like a mad woman 5 days a week and eat within my restriction with a few (but not all that many) treats here and there... now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't feel like I'm the one who has failed the band, that it's something that I truely can't control and that it's not my fault! Love it!

So what now? well, since PCOS can cause infertility, I'm going to see a specialist about it on Tuesday as hubby and I are trying to get pregnant. I want to know as much as possible about what I need to do and what needs to be done to give me the best chance at getting pregnant naturally.

So join me on this journey as I start it. I'm scared, but I feel armed and ready to face whatever comes my way.

LBG xx

Stories of hope would be greatly appreciated :)


Anonymous said...

welcome to the pcos club :-) i guess not the best club to join but oh well

prior to my band I had lost some weight with weight watchers and then fell preggers with my daughter so weight loss really does help with the infertility (we had tried for three years) - now that I have lost almost 30kgs with the band I'm hoping maybe it will have the same effect???

time will tell i guess :-)

KrysTros said...

I have PCOS. You need to talk to your doctor about putting you on Metaformin. Or the liquid version Riomet. (for us lapbanders!) You will be fine! Good luck!-

Janine said...

I can not offer any personal experience, but wish you all the bst and hope that you are a mummy soon.

pookie said...

I also have PCOS. I was on Metformin for a while...lost weight and get this....actually ovulated..thought I was PG...WASN'T
but it did help!!
Gained back the weight I had lost when I went off on to the band!!

Roo said...

My "sister in law" suffers severe PCOS and was told she would never have children...She lost about 20 kilos and she fell pregnant, unfortunately she did miscarry. However, 6 months later she fell preggers again and had a healthy baby girl. She is also pre diabetic and she was 39!
There is hope, never give up.....medication will help as will the weight loss...xx