Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Driving Me Crazy

***WARNING: Post may be disgusting for some...it's a woman thing ;)***

I have known that I have this condition for many years now, but I have never really paid much attention to it. After of over a year of not getting my monthly visitor, I started worrying a little bit. I knew I had to see the doctor but I just hate going to the clinic or hospital. When I struggled with a bout of asthma about three weeks ago though, I had to go to the clinic and while I was there, I went to see the OB as well.

Finally, I got started on doing something about PCOS. What is this PCOS anyway? I am no doctor so I got some info from Women's Health, which should explain the condition in a better manner:
Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have:

* high levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them (Yup, I got facial hair! :p)
* missed or irregular periods (Told you, over a year without it)
* many small cysts (sists) in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs.
What does this mean for me? Well, aside from the not getting my period thing, I gain weight more than normal (and yeah, no exercise and lots of food does not help either), and it will be hard to get pregnant (yay!).

Well anyway, I have been on medication for three weeks now and today, I took the last of those pills that are supposed to induce menstruation. It is called Provera and it's supposed to jump start the cycle.

Now why am I stressed? Because I haven't gotten it yet. Because I am so afraid that it will not work. I am stressed because of the possibility that the treatment might not work. Not that I want to get pregnant but knowing that something's not right just irks the heck out of me. And here's the clincher - I have to go see the doc again today!

My friends and hubby call me a pill head. I will not hesitate to take pills if I need them, but these past few weeks of taking 3 pills a day (and I am due to start another pill this week on top of what I am already taking) is getting to me. So much effort and I am not seeing any results!

Now tell me why I have the right to be stressed!

5 comments:

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

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  2. Has anyone heard else had breakouts and acne because of PCOS? I have had acne all over my chest and back for years, and didn’t know it was related to my PCOS. I just found this great article about it. http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/articles/PCOSandAcne.asp Just thought I would pass this along!

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  3. I just found out that PCOS causes acne and breakouts, and not just on your face, body acne too! Has anyone else heard of this? My friend passed this article along to me. She cleared her breakouts that she had from PCOS that were covering her whole chest following what it says in this article: http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/articles/PCOSandAcne.asp

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  4. I just found out that PCOS causes acne and breakouts, and not just on your face, body acne too! Has anyone else heard of this? My friend passed this article along to me. She cleared her breakouts that she had from PCOS that were covering her whole chest following what it says in this article: http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/articles/PCOSandAcne.asp

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  5. Has anyone heard else had breakouts and acne because of PCOS? I have had acne all over my chest and back for years, and didn’t know it was related to my PCOS. I just found this great article about it. http://www.wellnesswithrose.com/articles/PCOSandAcne.asp Just thought I would pass this along!

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