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.