Earlier this month marked one year since I was diagnosed with PCOS. And boy, has a lot happened in a year:
- 2,000mg Metformin per day
- 1 HSG
- 1 meeting with a dietitian specializing in PCOS and infertility
- Countless negative home pregnancy tests
- 5 months without gluten (think I’ve finally gotten the hang of this, and I’m going strong!)
- 10 two-week waits
- 3 IUIs
- One IVF
- One cancelled embryo transfer, due to…
- One severe case of ovarian hyper-stimulation
- 9 liters of fluid drained from my abdomen
- 50 eggs harvested
- 17 embryos biopsied
- 4 “normal” embryos
- One FET
- 2 embryos transferred
- 2 embryos frozen
- 12 blood draws
- So many transvaginal ultrasounds that I’ve lost count
- Approximately 60 progesterone shots taken
- Approximately 60 estrogen patches worn
- Approximately 120 estrogen suppositories taken
- 2 bruised, lumpy, swollen and sore hips (still waiting for the swelling, the lumps, and the soreness to go away!)
- 15 pounds gained (yes… in one year. That number is really humbling to type. Not to mention depressing.)
- 4 beta tests taken
- Thousands of dollars spent
- One fertility clinic “graduation”
- ONE BABY ON THE WAY!!!
And just because of that last bullet-point, it has been a wonderful year. Worth it, worth it, worth it. A thousand times over.
I will be forever grateful to the doctor who diagnosed me with PCOS. She explained the diagnosis to me, explained the dietary changes I needed to make, referred me to a dietitian who specialized in infertility and PCOS, and ultimately led me to the doctor that helped
get us pregnant!
The above list is just a really abbreviated version of the highlights (and low lights?) of the past year… not meant to be a sob story, but meant to share with anyone with PCOS who is struggling to get pregnant that there is hope, and that the pain pales in comparison to the sheer joy that comes with eventually, one day, finding out you are pregnant. The hips that seem permanently damaged and sore, the shots, the crazy weight gain…. All worth it, without a doubt.
By this time next year I would love to be back down to my pre-PCOS-diagnosis, and pre-fertility treatment weight… or at least well on my way! I’d love to have learned to manage my PCOS 100% naturally. Those are my goals for 2014, along with…
- Reading Les Miserables, as I mentioned yesterday, and
- Maintaining a healthy pregnancy
- Delivering a baby in June, as naturally and as intervention-free as possible (although I don’t plan on being super legalistic about this.)
- Improving my meal planning.
- Eating out less often.
- Keeping a tighter budget.
- Keeping a cleaner house.
- Losing baby weight, plus fertility treatment weight, and get back down to my pre-PCOS- diagnosis- size.