Two weeks ago now I went to the doctor for an ultrasound to check out my reproductive system. It was just an exploratory ultrasound to see if there was anything new going on since I was having these new pregnancy symptoms but I was not pregnant.
The ultrasound showed small cysts along the outside of my ovaries. My doctor explained to me that my ovaries looked slightly polycystic and said that we had a few options.
1. Hormonal testing during my next menstruation were I would submit to blood work on the 3rd and 21st day of my next cycle to see if I am actually ovulating and releasing eggs.
2. Wait a few more months to see if I may get pregnant on my own.
I chose option 1 because I suspect that I may not have ovulated this past month.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones. This may lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other health problems.
For a normal menstrual cycle, a woman's body releases one or possible more eggs that await fertilization by the male sperm. This is ovulation and usually occurs about 2 weeks after the start of menstruation.
In women with PCOS, the mature eggs are not released and stay in the ovaries with a small amount of fluid around them. This can cause the ovaries to appear enlarged. Since the eggs are not being released this can contribute to infertility. -Source
She said that she is still very confident in my ability to get pregnant. With the new diagnosis she believes that the fertility drug "clomid" may be helpful in increasing the likely hood of pregnancy and being able to carry the pregnancy since I've been able to get pregnant 3 times already but have not been able to carry the baby yet.
My Self Diagnosed Symptoms
- Why now?
There is some relief in having a name to call the causes of my infertility. Alternatively, when I look at the typical symptoms (knowing that everyone's bodies are different and everyone may not experience PCOS the same way) I wonder why I am now experiencing these things which I've never experienced before. I've had ultrasounds before my surgery this past summer and no mention of my ovaries looking "polycystic" was ever made. Granted I did have a gigantic fibroid skewing the view.
- Weight loss
Thanks everyone for going on this journey with me. Stay tuned for more.