Some of you may know (and many of you may not know) that in 2008 I was diagnosed with PCOS–Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. At the time, I was pretty devastated, because I was told that more likely than not, it’s going to be pretty difficult for us to have kids. I was put on hormonal birth control to help regulate my cycles, and protect my ovaries. In an attempt to better understand my body, I went off of the BC last July, and we’ve been using Natural Family Planning ever since.
So, why am I sharing all this fairly personal information? I want to share it because there are A LOT of women out there that I’ve met (and friends I have) that struggle with infertility. It’s almost a taboo topic. Nobody wants to talk about the difficulties they face when it comes time to trying to conceive, or difficulties they face because of wonky hormones. And when you find another person out there, with a similar story to your own, you feel like a kindred spirit in many ways. So, I’m going to stop pussyfooting around, and get down to my blog business.
Last week, I took a trip to visit an RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist for those playing along) to discuss my options for continuing to treat my PCOS. Imagine my surprise to find out that I, in fact, *do not* have PCOS. [Insert good news label here]. I don’t have cysts on my ovaries, don’t present any of the other symptoms (like obesity, acne, or unwanted hair), and according to bloodwork, I have plenty of healthy little eggs all ready for the one day we do decide to have kids.
However, he still has no idea why I don’t ovulate on a regular basis. [Insert bad news label here]. I have “sleepy eggs,” and my brain doesn’t tell my ovaries to wake up very often due to low hormone levels. So, if we do want to conceive naturally, we’d essentially be “playing baby roulette.” Lastly, when we do finally want kids, we’re going to need medical intervention that insurance doesn’t pay for. Lovely.
So, what can I do to help my body out? “Just keep doing what you’ve been doing,” is what he told me. While it’s comforting to know that I’ve been taking care of my body, it’s still really frustrating to hear that there’s absolutely nothing I can do to make my hormone levels balance out. It’s even more frustrating that there’s no explanation for why my body does this. So, instead of PCOS, I’ve now been diagnosed with unexplained annovulation. At least with PCOS I had a label, and possible treatment options. Now I’ve got “keep doing what you’ve been doing.” So, it’s back to business as usual around here.