Hi, I haven’t really been on this site very long but I have read so many different stories that I thought I’d share mine… especially since it just took a crazy turn!
I was finally dx with PCOS in July 2009 after suspecting it for a few months. I don’t have a lot of the traditional symptoms, but when my skin starting breaking out, it was actually my dermatologist that first suggested it. I had been on bcps since I was 24 so I think a lot of my symptoms had been masked?
Looking back, my periods had always been extremely regular – I had never missed even one since I started getting my period at 12. But I thought it was normal to have VERY heavy periods and nausea and cramps and diarrhea for up to 10 days every month! At 24, I finally started bcps to help with my “PMS” symptoms.
When I was about 29, my periods were still bad so on the advice of my doc, I started taking 3 pill packs in a row to limit my periods to only 4 per year. About 6 months into that, I started having a LOT of digestive problems.
Eventually, after many tests, misdiagnosis, and frustration over 2-1/2 years, I was dx with IBS. I suspected that my hormones had something to do with my IBS so at 32, I went off bcps to let my body regulate itself… or so I thought. I think I had 2 periods in the year that followed. Coincidentally, we also discovered that I had an underactive thyroid.
So now, at 33, about a year after stopping bcps, we were realizing that since I didn’t have periods, I was probably not ovulating, and our decision about TTC was going to require a lot more action on our parts. My dh and I had always planned to not plan on when to TTC, figuring that it would just happen. In July, I took Provera since it had been 7 months since my last period. I was hoping that it would “jumpstart” my body and I would go back to getting regular periods.
But I never got another period. And, what seemed worse, was that my hormones seemed out of control, and my thyroid seemed worse since I was so tired all the time, and I was so nauseous was my IBS becoming a big problem again???
Well, I found out yesterday that I am pregnant! That might have seemed obvious to a lot of people but after 3 years of nausea and tiredness, it really didn’t seem that out of the norm for me! I guess the Provera really did jumpstart something? Turns out that I may even be 9 weeks already!
Anyway, I just thought I’d share this story… especially since my dh won’t let me tell anyone else yet! Thanks for reading this!
Want to connect with me? My name is cathb23 on the SoulCysters Message Board.