We had Sophie aka The Young Mummy On The Couch recently and one of the things she spoke about rang so true to me. She started to chat about being told by a doctor (when she was only 16 mind you) that she would never fall pregnant, especially not the old fashioned way. This is something I experienced as well.
As a kid I matured late…and by late I mean I had mosquito bites as boobs until I was in at least Year 11. That was the same year I got my period. I was late compared with the rest of my friends but I was small and sporty so I wasn’t worried. From the onset of getting my period, they were really inconsistent. Sometimes I would only get it three times in a whole year and then other years I would get it 10 times. It was super irregular.
Of course, I was naive and had no idea what an irregular cycle actually meant. I was just high-fiving myself because I didn’t have my period as often as everyone else. Let’s be honest, periods are the pits.
When I got into my late twenties…I was heading into the baby making era of my life and things weren’t so peachy down there. My husband and I started trying to fall pregnant and nothing was happening. I ended up in crippling pain from a cyst on my ovaries…that’s when I knew something wasn’t right.
After visiting my GP I was sent to a specialist that wasted no time in diagnosing me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). He explained to my husband and I that the chances of me falling pregnant with no assistance was simply not going to happen. I wasn’t ovulating regularly and my ovaries were clouded with tons of cysts.
It’s hard to explain what it feels like to be told you can’t fall pregnant without a lot of help unless you have heard those words yourself. I started to worry that maybe nothing would work and I would never have my own biological children.
We were three weeks away from starting our journey with IVF when I started to feel really ill. I took a pregnancy test and BAM, it happened. My husband wasn’t as shocked as me (strangely) but I just couldn’t believe it. I had convinced myself that my body couldn’t do it so when it did, I was in real shock. Since then I have had another unassisted pregnancy and now have two healthy little boys.
It’s not lost on me how bloody lucky I am…PCOS is a bitch of a thing to have and I still pinch myself that my body actually got pregnant on it’s own (well, you know what I mean. Not totally on my own).
PCOS affects 12 to 18 per cent of women of reproductive age and almost 70 percent are undiagnosed. So there are a boat load of women out there with PCOS and a lot of them don’t even know they have it. The more we talk about it, the more stories reach other women that can give hope and a sense of comfort.
Here is that On The Couch with Monty and The Young Mummy.
Have you been through something like this?