Tara’s been kind enough to share her experience of having PCOS with us today. With a wedding in the not too distant future, Tara’s about to pluck up the courage to re-visit her GP. Anyone out there with any encouragement or stories they’re able to share with her? Thinking of you, Tara x
I was never the ‘play with dolls and pretend they were my children’ or ‘plan the wedding from when I was 10′ type of girl. I always wanted the Prince Charming but the rest of it never really bothered me.
So after many years of period problems from the age of 13, and lots of blood tests, ultrasounds, scans and urine tests, at aged 18 my consultant told me I had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and that it was that bad that I had only a 10-20% chance of being able to conceive. I remember being sat there and thinking that it didn’t really affect me, it wasn’t a big deal. Sat next to me my mum was crying. She was upset for me and then couldn’t understand when i just shrugged my shoulders and said it didn’t matter.
Since then the PCOS has had an impact on my life on and off for the last 8 years, either having no periods for years or having ones that last 67 days (seriously, no joke and over Christmas not fun I can tell you), to having excessive hair growth, facial hair, and struggling with my weight. For the most part I didn’t think about having children, it wasn’t anything that concerned me, there was always other options, right?
Eight years on and life’s a little different. I am due to get married in just under 8 months time, and all I can think about is having a baby. Since meeting my other half we knew we were right for each other, we haven’t had the easiest of times since we got together, through one thing or another, but we knew we would want to settle down, get married and start a family together. He has a child from a previous relationship who we both adore. I was always honest about my potential fertility problems, and for the most part I have been on some form of contraception during our relationship so it wasn’t something we worried about really.
In the last 2 years, I have become so broody its unreal! When my implant was due out last April we decided that we would not use any form of contraception and see how my body reacted and if we could get pregnant or not. I spoke to my GP and as I have moved areas she wasn’t fully aware of my situation so I explained everything and all the help she could offer was “we will wait and see after at least 6 months”. Well here I am now 9 months later about to go back to the GP! Since the implant came out I have had no periods & mood swings. I have put off going to the GP as I am scared of what they will say. As per usual I will be told that I need to lose weight, but other than that is there any hope? Now I realise why my mum was crying all those years ago and wish I had done more when I was younger to help myself now!