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Jessica’s Journey Part 2- The Diagnosis

August 30, 2015

Back in March it had been 2.5 years since I had, had a period. I was on the pill until November 9th, 2012 and after that lost about 25 pounds as well as my monthly visitor. I saw a gynocologist a year after that and she told me I was very thin and should put on more weight. At the time, I was an avid runner and ate a little too restrictive. I wasn't trying to be too thin, I just thought I was being healthy. This past March, I went to a gynocologist in Novi and he said it could be the fact that I was underweight or I could have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Of course, I ”Googled” it a ton just to see what I could have. After reading several articles, I decided I didn't have it and probably just needed to put on some pounds. Apparently, Google made me a self proclaimed doctor. A few weeks later I got a call saying I did have PCOS and was dissapointed. This is a tricky diagnosis because you can have all or some symptoms. The only ones I had were that I was not ovulating and my hormone levels were off. The good thing with PCOS is that women can and have had children- they just need fertility medicine in some cases. I tend to want to know any and everything so I looked into PCOS further to see what it entailed.

My PCOS just meant that I had to take birth control in order to have monthly periods. So when I had my last cycle after we got married, my doctor took me off birth control and gave me Chlomid to help me get pregnant. I took it today and will take it until Wednesday. Then on day 21 of my cycle, I will get my blood drawn to see if I ovulated and on the 28th day I will take a pregnency test. This will occur for three months and if we do not get pregnant, my doctor will send us to a fertility specialist. The good news is that he is being proactive and not making us try on our own for a year- so we have a plan. The bad news is that the worrier in me is concerned with the fact that before this, I needed the pill to have a period, so what if I don't have one this month and am not pregnant? You need to have a period before you can take Chlomid again so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

I am going to pray and maintain my positive mindset because I refuse to let any of this spoil all of the wonderful things I am grateful for. My husband also gave me a needed reminder when he told me we haven't even started trying yet so how do I know it will be that difficult? Love him.

One last thing......... I have been told by a few people that I could be misdiagnosed with PCOS. As I said before, I am an avid runner. Apparently there has been research that indicated high amounts of running for some people casues hormone levels to become unbalanced which leads to a misconception of PCOS. I am doing my own little experiment and have put on enough weight to have a BMI of 19 which is a good number for getting pregnant and just being healthy in general, but I have also decreased my runs. The new running schedule is 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes. I want to see if doing all of this helps me have periods on my own as well as helps my hormone levels. If so, it proves I don't have it. I know what you are thinking, and I know I could be wrong. If I am so be it. Victoria Beckham has it and they were blessed with 4 children. I will live with it and keep moving forward. I just want to know what's going on with my body and take care of it. A healthy body will hopefully produce healthy babies. I'll keep you posted.

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