According to numerous online sources, it is estimated that polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects about 8-10% of women of reproductive age. This means it is very common. To those who may not know, the infertility rate with polycystic ovaries is very high. Some have difficulty conceiving, and others may opt to have fertility treatments to improve their chances for pregnancy.
What are some of the symptoms of PCOS? (These are some of mine, everyone can have different symptoms all-together)
- Irregular periods or no periods at all. – the usual cycle is about 28 to 35 days, counting from the first day of your menstrual period. (my cycles would last about 50 to 60 days, meaning my period would only come every two months or so.)
- Ovulation and Fertility Problems
- Insulin Problems
- Excessive hair growth OR hair in places not normal for a lady (examples: thick unibrow, thick upper lip hair, hairy underarms, and hairy legs)
- Weight gain (I didn’t suffer from excessive weight gain like others do… I struggled with gaining weight… i was too skinny)
- Acne Problems (I had the weirdest, most unpredictable acne)
As mentioned above, my cycles were longer than usual. I started visiting my OB-GYNE when I was 18 years old. I was diagnosed with PCOS as soon as she got the results from my first ever ultrasound. For those who haven’t had intercourse yet, your OB-GYNE will schedule you for a trans-rectal ultrasound instead of a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Although uncomfortable, it will really help your doctor prescribe treatment for you. To this day, I hate trans-rectal ultrasounds! haha
I was told by my doctor that there was no cure yet for PCOS. Of course, my first reaction was fear and anxiousness. Even before I started dating, I knew I wanted to have a family of my own… and discovering that I had one of the most common causes of infertility was shattering. I initially tried MY best to find the best solution…
Here are some of a few remedies I tried:
- Your OB-GYNE may prescribe birth control pills for 3 months to try and regulate your hormones (As soon as I was diagnosed with PCOS, my OB prescribed Diane 35 for 3 months, taking 7 day breaks in between each pack. I didn’t go on it again because I didn’t like how my body reacted to birth control pills)
- Various Medication
- medication for diabetes may help lower insulin levels which also cause hormone imbalance. (I took Metformin for a few months as well, but stopped when I was advised that eating a healthy diet could eliminate the need for medication.)
- medication for specific hormone regulation may be prescribed to “jumpstart” your period if you’ve gone too long without it. (I also went on Provera a couple of times)
- Eating a healthy diet. (I lessened my intake of sugary food, complex carbs, and starchy food. I also tried eliminating gluten – which worked wonders for me)
But the true solution? PRAYER.
After my initial shock, I remembered Sarah, the barren wife of Abraham. Originally named Sarai and Abram, God changed their names after the covenant God had with Sarai, promising her a child. True to His word, at 90 years of age, Sarah gave birth to Isaac. – you can read their story in the Bible through the book of Genesis, chapters 17 to 21.
Regardless of Sarah’s age, the point is, even the barren can conceive as long as God wills it. He is the giver of miracles and nothing is impossible for Him.
It is also said numerous times in the Bible that the Lord knows our hearts’ desires, anything we ask in His name He will give as long as we have faith. (and of course, if it is according to His will)
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:22, NIV
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24, NIV
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 NIV
Since finding out I had PCOS, I would always try my best to lift my worries up to God. But there were still times I would get overwhelmed with the pressure to have my period like a normal woman, I would be overcome with worry about infertility. The PCOS pressure is REAL and I’ll write about that separately… BUT I also remind myself that God is bigger than any problem! I claimed in His name that all would be okay in His time…
In regard to my life, God answered my prayers one by one, everything started falling into place… and guess what, so did my period. After 7 years of being diagnosed with PCOS, I started having a regular 35-40 day cycle 6 months after Jet proposed to me. My OB-GYNE advised me that the follicles around my ovaries were lessening and I had greater chances of getting pregnant. The fact that I was having regular periods, even with long cycles, meant I was getting better.
To Jet and my surprise, God gave us an amazing miracle for a wedding present because we conceived right away. Even my OB-GYNE commended Jet about how fast he got me pregnant after the wedding… but we told her that God indeed has a plan and even PCOS can’t stop that.
For those struggling with this sydrome, know that you are not PCOS. Do not let PCOS consume you, nor rob you of hope.
It is really possible to get pregnant with PCOS. Know that God is greater than any health issue or problem. Medication and doctors are only tools for the Lord to work in your life.
Although it seems like taboo to talk about reproductive health issues, there are many of us who are struggling with issues like PCOS and I’m praying for you. I pray for your health and I pray for you to feel beautiful no matter what!
I still have PCOS but I will always have a greater God. I would love to hear from you about your PCOS experience, or any other fertility questions, and comments. Feel free to drop a message below, find me on facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a private discussion.