To Love a Rose: An Ethiopian Adoption Journal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PCOS

Yes, as in "polycystic ovary syndrome" - that's the news. Using a combo of my blood work (low progesterone and high testosterone), ultrasound, and history of chronic anovulation, Dr. S has decided that I do, indeed, have PCOS.

So, what now? Well, we have to get my body to ovulate; and Clomid seems to be the drug of choice for that. I'll also need to use an Estradiol pill along with the Clomid, because the very nature of Clomid is to reduce the constant call for testosterone and estrogen production by the hypothalamus and get my body to allow FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to take over so I can ovulate and begin creating progesterone on my own.  If this happens, the estrogen I needed to build up a good layer of endometrium (uteran lining) will be greatly diminished; this isn't good, because the endometrium is where a newly fertilized egg implants for pregnancy.  So, there's much to be checked and re-checked in this process until we get the "formula" for my body just right.  Whew! That's a lot!

We're starting out with the lowest dose possible of Clomid and we'll go from there; so, we'll see. I will have another ultrasound on day 11-13 of my next cycle to see if the Clomid is doing it's job or if I need a larger dose. BUT, we're officially moving forward with me as a PCOS patient. This doesn't sound all that great, but PCOS is a very "fixable" issue to be concerned with. It affects about 5% of all women; so, there is a lot more known about it now than, say, 30 years ago.

Which, irony of ironies, was when my mom conceived me...via CLOMID! I'm convinced now that my mother had PCOS. PCOS is the leading cause of endometrial cancer. My mom and her biological mother both had endometrial cancer. It's absolutely crazy! PCOS also causes abdominal weight-gain (which I've been experiencing for about two years now and can't get rid of) and heart conditions (my mom had an unexplained heart attack in her late 20's and I have a slight heart condition that causes unoxygenated blood to leak back into my blood stream!). I feel like all of my sister W and my health issues that we're solving decades-long health mysteries for my whole family! God is really answering a lot of prayers!

No matter what comes of this current treatment, it's at least imperative that I begin to control this PCOS (via Clomid, BCP's, or progesterone cream) so that I don't fall prey to endometrial cancer as well. I am just so grateful that I am getting an answer now and not later when I could very well have been a cancer patient. Thank you, GOD!

If you have any questions about PCOS, I believe you can look up more information at the website for American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


I'm pretty sure that website is open to the public, but if not I would just Google it and take the information and your concerns to a doctor you can trust. 

I hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are in the world! 

Take care and be love!
*mandie*

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