Wednesday, August 20, 2008

PCOS

I have PCOS. Before my appointment yesterday, I looked up information about this online, since I really had not heard much about it before recently. In talking with the OBGYN yesterday, he reviewed a lot of what I'd read. He downplayed the possible negative effects of PCOS, encouraging me to montior my blood sugar levels regularly because PCOS can lead to an increased risk of diabetes among other things.

When we talked about my painful and irregular periods, he first recommended birth control pills, which I cannot take due to my history of DVT. So the only option there is progesterone pills. He said that there is a slight increased risk of getting another blood clot, but he did not consider it to be dangerous for me to take the medication if I wanted to have more regular periods. I have decided to do that and will start the medication in a couple weeks, after having some more blood work done.

The other issue is possible infertility. He said not to worry about that at this time. When we're trying to conceive, I should simply stop taking the progesterone pills. And if at that point in time, after 3-6 months of trying, we're still having difficulties, then I can talk with him about other options. I'm not sure what other options I have that will be okay because of that DVT. So even though it's some time in the future before I SHOULD start even thinking or worrying about that, I'm already thinking and worrying about that.

I have an appointment tomorrow to check with a doctor about my shoulder. I'm hoping that before too long I'll be able to start going to Curves again without risking further injury to my shoulder. In fact, I think I'm going to call them to see what their recommendations are for today & until I know what's going on with my shoulder. There are at least a few machines I can do that don't require any use of my arms, plus the aerobic exercise. And I can always go for walks until I can get back into the full swing of things.

4 comments:

McKnights said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I was really hoping for the best. I will contiune to keep you in my prayers. I know that if you are suppose to have a child or childern a way will be made possible. Don't give up yet. Work on getting yourself to a healthier point and then worry about it.

Since I am not fimilar with either PCOS or DVT I looked them both up on webmd. I saw on there that a cough could be a sign of DVT. Has that been ruled out as the cause of your cough? If not you might what to ask your dr about it.

As far as working out I am nobody to be telling anyone what to do but I have to remind Joe (my husband who also wants to get healthier) that anything is better than nothing and as long as you do nothing, nothing will change and get any better. Walking is better than doing nothing at all.

Keep you head up head and remember that I am here for you not only as a sister but as a friend.

Love you tons!

BeatlesDiva said...

I'm sorry to hear about this. I've been living with this for at least 4 years now. My best advice is take you meds.

Just a bit of advice and I hope this doesn't scare you, but you'll need to know...once you start taking them, there's going to be a lot of pain, bleeding and exhaustion (for about a week) due to the fact your body is getting used to the drugs and trying to level out your hormones. Just know that this is normal. I wish someone had told me this so I wouldn't have gone to the ER and find out this is what is expected.

If you ever need advice or some comfort, let me know. I’m here for you
{{HUGS}}

Debra said...

I'm planning on taking the progesterone, but that's the only thing I can take, so I'm not sure what kind of effect it'll have on my body.

Travis and Jenny Holloway said...

I'm sorry to hear about your frustrating health conditions. What happened to your shoulder? I hope that it heals soon! PCOS, or other infertile/less fertile conditions are more common than I had previously realized. Travis and I have a good friend who has PCOS, who will have to go on meds (I don't know which one(s)) when she wants to have kids. Then I have another friend who doesn't ovulate unless she's on medication, and she has an in-law who also has trouble getting pregnant. I'm sure that in talking with your Dr., or a fertility specialist, that you should be able to get things worked out when you do want to get pregnant. Hope your health is on the up and up! --Jenny