I decided to document our adventures of having a baby because I found out that there are a lot of women out there who have the same problem as I have.
I always thought that my menstrual cycle was regular until June 2010 when I bled non-stop for 14 days. I was scared, of course, and we went to the doctor for a check-up. I had a transvaginal ultrasound and it showed that I had a bilateral polycystic ovaries (PCO). Meaning, both my ovaries have cyst-like follicles that’s a result of eggs not being released. This is due to hormonal imbalance and high insulin. First the doctor made me take Hemostan for a few days to stop the bleeding. After the bleeding stopped, she prescribed Althea (birth control pills) once a day and Metformin twice a day. Althea was for the hormonal imbalance while Metformin was for my PCO but it’s originaly for diabetes. I was to take it for 6 months straight. She also said that I should lose weight because losing weight helps in removing PCO.
Symptoms related to elevated androgen levels include acne, excess hair growth on the body (hirsutism), and male-pattern hair loss.
Other signs and symptoms of PCOS include:
- obesity and weight gain,
- elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance
- oily skin,
- skin discolorations,
- high cholesterol levels,
- elevated blood pressure, and
- multiple, small cysts in the ovaries.
As for me, before I knew I had PCO, I gained weight, had oily skin, and excess hair growth.
Althea had a good effect on me since my skin cleared. No pimples! Metformin was something else. I always felt like I want to throw up and I get nauseated sometimes. They said that Metformin helps in losing weight because you won’t have any appetite when mealtime comes. After a few months, my body adjusted to it and I no longer experience its side effects.
So on my 6th month of taking the medicines, I went back to see my doctor just a few weeks ago. The ultrasound showed that I still had the dark follicles in both my ovaries but she said that we were able to manage it and asked if we already wanted to have a baby. I said yes (I’m turning 30 next year!). So she told me to continue taking the medicine for one more month and then go back to her for another ultrasound. After that I will stop taking Althea. After 3 months, we will start with the actual trying-to-have-a-baby process and prescribe a different set of medications. Whew!
Having PCO is not a hindrance to having a baby. There are a lot of women with PCO who have gotten pregnant. We are aware that it might take us a long time to have a baby but God will take care of that.