Hi everyone, I am over the moon today! No, this is not a picture of a pregnancy test – don’t panic… It’s an ovulation test – I am fertile!!! : )
This may seem like a rather strange and out of place statement to make, but you see – I was always told that I could not have children. I grew up making life decisions in view of this fact.
During my teenage and early adult years I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS: a condition where many small cysts form on the ovary causing a hormonal imbalance. PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age (12-45years old) and was once thought erroneously to be one of the leading causes of infertility
PCOS has many associated symptoms that helped lead to my diagnosis. Many sufferers start to notice symptoms of PCOS in their late teens or early 20s, such as:
absent or irregular periods
obesity or being overweight
excess hair (hirsutism) on face and/or chest and/or belly
thinning of the hair on top of the head
Understandably, most people mistake their systems for regular teenage turmoil and many go undiagnosed.
Unfortunately, many women who suffer from PCOS also have symptoms of depression.
I was a very unhappy and overweight university student. This led me to comfort eat all the more and eventually I became the person you can all see here – 5 dress sizes bigger than I am now. I graduated looking like a big pink balloon! It was only when I started work that I decided to take my life into my own hands and became the person you all know and love today – I hope ( ;
10 years on and my PCOS medication caused me to be rushed into hospital for the scariest episode of my life so far. I had been suffering from shortness of breath plus had trouble climbing the stairs and walking around the shops last Christmas… At the time I put it down to possible extreme winter cold and/or exercise induced asthema and crowd induced claustrophic panic attacks. It was only when I was gasping for air at work one day that I was admitted to A&E with multiple potentially fatal blood clots on my lungs.
The consultants believed that my medication was to blame, therefore I was taken off it straight away and put onto rat poison (Warfarin) on route to see the Endrichronolgist. It was during this appointment and subsequent tests when I learnt that I appeared to have conquered my PCOS. I was advised to run an ovulation test at home. 17 days down the line and I had almost given up all hope… but today I got the smiley face! And now I can’t stop beaming : D Out of the darkness always comes light x x
I am so happy!!! Not that I am intending to have a child any time soon… I have a wonderful extended family (2 gorgeous step-children and a beautiful granddaughter) and I am currently looking into fostering… but at least now the decision is in my hands. No more heartache.