Around 14 years old my body stopped having a cycle on its own. My doctor put me on birth control at age 16 to help regulate my cycles and that was that. I didn't like not knowing why my body wasn't working the way it should and ever since I had always wondered, "Will I ever be able to get pregnant?"
When my husband and I wanted to try for our first, my doctor said to just go off birth control and see what happens. But nothing happened. No ovulating, no period, nothing. After four months of waiting I made an appointment to help us figure out why I didn't have a regular cycle. We did lots of blood work that all came back normal, so we moved on to an ultrasound. I got the call that my ultrasound results were "abnormal" and scheduled an appointment to come in. "You have PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. You have quite a few cysts and when it looks like this we call it a Ring of Pearls." My doctor talked me through everything and we made a game plan to try and help me get pregnant.
When I first found out that I had PCOS I was both disappointed and relieved. I was heart broken to know that I truly did have a fertility issue and that it could take a while for me to get pregnant. I felt broken. But it also brought me peace to finally know what was going on with my body, and hope that with help I could still have a chance of getting pregnant.
After four months on Metformin, being on a strict Low Glycemic diet, two rounds of Clomid, and seeing a foot zoner I finally got a positive ovulation test. One month later I had a positive pregnancy test! It took a lot of work (it's hard to not eat ice cream), patiences, and faith, but we were blessed to add a beautiful and healthy little boy to our family. I feel so blessed to have modern medicine and technology that helped us get our little boy.
Through my own infertility journey I've learned that I am not alone. I was shocked to find how many of my family and friends also had either PCOS or another infertility issue they are dealing with. It's been so nice to have someone to talk to through everything. To cheer me on, cheer me up, or just be there to listen. Everyone's experiences and timelines are different in their infertility journeys. But those differences can help boost another. I hope that I can be of help and comfort to others through their journey, just as others have done for me.
"Be believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged. Things will work out." -Gordon B. Hinckley