As part of PCOS awareness month, I am going to be writing a couple of posts on PCOS and how it can affect individuals.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is thought to affect approximately 5-10% of women of reproductive age – so every 1 in 20 to 1 in 10 women. Of these, as many as 30% do not actually have PCO (Polycystic Ovaries) as a symptom (I would be an example of this). Of course this is not a definitive number, as many women go undiagnosed for years. For example, I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 24, and this was after 10 months of investigation. Some women can also just have PCO without any other symptom of PCOS.
There are many symptoms of PCOS, some are visible to other people, some are not.
- absent or irregular periods
- no ovulation/infrequent ovulation
- high levels of testosterone
- being overweight or obese
- excess hair
- depression/mood swings
- cysts on the ovary/ies
I think I may have PCOS, what should I do?
Go to see your GP, and explain your symptoms. If they rule out other problems and agree with you, they will probably send you for tests such as blood tests and an ultrasound scan. If you are then diagnosed with PCOS, you may be referred to a specialist.
Yes it can, both through self help (eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise, managing stress levels, and various hair removal methods for excess hair) and medical help (such as the contraceptive pill, metformin, and fertility medicines such as clomifene (also known as clomid). In other cases, surgery may be required). The thing to remember is that although it can be treated, it cannot be cured.
- type II diabetes
- high blood pressure
- weight gain
The good thing is, that infertility caused by PCOS can be treated in many cases, and couples can come away with a perfectly healthy baby. Unfortunately, some are not so lucky. This will be covered in another blog post.
I know, a few months ago I would have been the one moaning about people moaning that they were fed up with their pregnancies. This is why I am so fed up of feeling like this, because I know I am so lucky and many of you would kill to be in my position and possibly be feeling fed up!
The thing is, I don’t know why I’m fed up, I’m guessing it’s just hormones, as there is absolutely no other reason. Most of you know how long we fought for this moment, and I love our baby so much already, so it is nothing to do with that.
I’ve been bursting into tears for absolutely no reason (I did this nearer the beginning but I knew what the reasons were at that time!), and just really feeling sorry for myself! I think part of it may be the fact that I don’t “feel pregnant” at the minute because I don’t “look” pregnant, I think I look more fat than anything, and I just want that moment where I can see how much our baby is growing inside of me. I look in the mirror every day and just can’t see any change at all. I have had to start wearing maternity jeans, as my usual jeans were getting tight and uncomfortable, so I know my body is changing, and I’ve only gained 4/5 lbs so I know it’s not mainly because of that.
I’m sure my husband must be getting fed up of me feeling miserable by now, but I just can’t seem to pull myself out of this and cheer up! I hate feeling like this as I know I should be enjoying my pregnancy, and I am for the most part, but just can’t help feeling like this at the moment and I feel so so guilty.
Please tell me I’m not the only one?
This came from another blog, who got the idea from a magazine where they do a “Best of” section where a well-known person answers some questions. I enjoyed reading this over there so thought I would give it a go, why don’t you give it a go too on your blog?! You could even do it on your Facebook page!
So Sunday was the 13 week mark! Nearing the end of the first trimester and only 27 more weeks to go…
No bump pic this week as it’s not really much different from last week!
We have a few things to keep us occupied until baby arrives – it’s hubby’s birthday 3 weeks tomorrow, the Monday after that we go on holiday, and then on the Thursday it’s my quarter century birthday! (Exactly a week after hubby’s!) And then in November I’m going Xmas/baby shopping in Manchester with a friend, and then in December we’re going to Leicester for another friends birthday! And then of course we have Xmas (which we are hopefully going away for, to stay with my Mum & Step-Dad if they have moved by then), and then New Year, and then Valentines Day which will be very low key as baby is due the month after!
I was also very honoured last week, as I was part of the Friday feature on a very good friends blog over at Not Even A Bag Of Sugar! If you don’t follow her already, I would get yourself over there as it is a very heartfelt blog focusing on prematurity (but she does post about other things too) as her amazing, gorgeous baby boy was born at only 27 weeks.
My last thing to add, more fluffy post arrived today, courtesy of Kylie (author of above blog!) who very kindly won a starter pack for us from Baba + Boo. Mainly jungle prints so we are going to have a jungle baby!
So we have a white nappy bucket, a mesh laundry bag, a cow print wet bag, a giraffe nappy, a tiger nappy, a zebra nappy, a leopard nappy, and the Cruella Du Wee which Kylie named and won the competition with!