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Brittani’s Fight Like a Girl Story (PCOS)

PCOS StoriesEver since I began having my periods, they were never regular. I’d have them every six months, or so, and they’d last for 7 long and brutal days. At the age of 12, I saw my gyno who told me that I was probably just constipated and too active. But at the age of 18, I was convinced that was not the case.

I went back and she told me that I probably had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I went through a number of tests and ultrasounds to confirm her worries. I immediately began Metformin which made me extremly tired and, being my senior year of high school, i started to fall behind. Even with the medication, my periods still weren’t regular. On February 14, 2011 I was rushed to the hospital with excruciating pelvic pain. They told me I’d be fine even though my blood sugar was sky high. My gyno ordered for me to be tested for diabetes a second time. Both came out negative. I continued to have pelvic pain and intercourse has been almost torture for me.

Everyday I deal with the pain and wish it to go away and not be on medicine all the time, but it’s what I have to do to stay healthy. Losing weight is impossible for me. I can’t tell you how much I’ve tried. On April 1, 2011 I had a laparoscopy done to test for endometriosis and to also have ovarian drilling done. I was hospitalized for the next 4 days due to dehydration. I was told everything would go back to normal, and it did for 3 months. To this day, I still don’t have regular periods and my gyno told me I’d probably never have children and that I’m not ovulating whatsoever. Being a mother is my number 1 dream in life, and being 19 and hearing this is very difficult. Having a baby may never happen for me or it’ll be many fertility treaments or artificial insemination that will grant me this wish. I try to keep my head up and hope that something good is coming my way.

Brittani
Missouri
Submitted 11-20-11

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8 comments

  1. Hi Brittani,

    I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 22 years old and I know exactly how you are feeling. I just thought that I would leave a quick comment to let you know that I am now 30 years old now and although the PCOS is still very much a problem for me, I have two wonderful healthy children conceived naturally despite being told that I would probably never be able to have children! There is still hope for you to become a Mom one day!

    • I have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and now radiation therapy. I was invited into a clinical trial which involves Metformin. After reading your story, I am doubting if I should do it. Wonder how insulin relates to estrogen?

      In terms of babies, I understand your woes. I am thinking of you. I am sure you will be a mother someday.

  2. I too have PCOS, my story runs pretty much parallel with yours. To give you some hope, I am the mother of three all conceived naturally!! Stay positive!!

  3. i understand your pain, even though i don’t have pcos, i did have a tilted uterus which caused very painful periods. i know that pales in comparison as it wasn’t everyday pain like yours. i commend you for staying positive with all of the suffering you are going through. my friend has pcos and also was told she would not be able to get pregnant either yet surprisingly her son turned 1 in june! she assumed she didn’t need birth control since she couldn’t get pregnant,while she was on vacation with her boyfriend. she didn’t even know she was until she started having strange symptoms and even still it never crossed her mind. i know your cases aren’t the same since nobody’s pcos is the same but i hope it gives you a glimmer of hope that you may to experience motherhood.

  4. well I am now 56 years old when I was 20 I had these problems and my husband and I went thru many infertility tests I was told that I had a chemical imbalance and that is why we will never have children well after 11 years of marriage we had a daughter Nicki and then 5 Years later a daughter named Sarah. So I say if the good Lord wants you to have children you will. Well my story doesn’t end yet . My oldest is now 25 and 7 years ago she was told she has PCOS When I asked the doctor how where did she get this PCOS from she smiled and said you. She guess about our problem to conceived and comment that and this is why you are heavy she asked is it almost impossible for you on loosing weight. I thought OMG you have got to be kidding me she hit it right on the head. Story still not finished yet knowing what I went thru and now knowing my daughter’s fate the pain in my haert for her. Last OK this PCOS i so had when I was 20 – 30 now is the cause of what I have now Endometrial hyperplasia this is a pre cancer stage 2 for me. And the killer is a Hysterectomy is what I need but due to my weight the doctor will not preform one he said my odds of living thru the operation is 60 % and the chance of infection is 90%. So I take a medication called Megace 40 mg a day. It has controlled it so I have no Atipical cells in my uterus but the drug causes you to gain weight. How ironic is my daughter will live the same life now I haven’t spoke of my second daughter because she pasted away when she was 5 from leukemia. But I would not change a thing in my Life because I am looking forward to my daughter getting married in May 2013 and hopefully someday she too will have a child. Never give up it is the will inside of you that brings you things in Life. Sue Stewart

  5. I also have severe PCOS, and I want to offer some comfort for you, Brittani. Don’t give up, and don’t ever say something is impossible. I have a beautiful son that I had through fertility-treatment, and I lost over 100 lbs. It was never easy, but I did it. And I believe in you and think, you can do it too!!!

    Hugs from Ellen

  6. It’s kinda crazy the stuff we read here on the http://www.. I have such similar circumstances.. It started for me when I was 14 years old and I was told that I did not ovulate at all by the time I was 18.. I was married young and dreamed of nothing more than becoming a mom.. I use to lye in bed at night with my little sisters and we talked about how we would dress our kids, how we would never treat them the way our mom treated us.. that we wouldn’t yell at them the way our dad did us.. My sister got pregnant when she was 17 and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl… I was in my second year of marriage and nothing, nada by this time I had visited so many obgyn trying to figure out why I couldn’t have a baby.. I got the same old answer only God knows for sure, but medically you do not ovulate.. I was put on dose after dose of meds. still no baby by this time two of my younger sisters had both had their babies, another healthy girl and a healthy boy.. I was happy and broken hearted at the same time.. I couldn’t tell anyone how truly sad I was, because I knew they wouldn’t understand. The biggest blow I guess came when my older sister who never wanted a child, got pregnant and had a son.. I am very close to my nieces and nephews because I wanted kids so badly.. I had to survive this state somehow even if it meant being a surrogate mom to my sisters kids. I was okay when they all had one child, but when they started having two children I became very broken. After 8 years of marriage and no children of my own I decided that this was my life and I’d better start living my life… I had a mad love affair with someone that I shouldn’t have and low and behold I get pregnant.. I was excited but only for a short while, that little baby didn’t survive.. I was broken hearted once again.. I was now told well at least we know you can get pregnant.. was it the fertility drugs that I had been on for so many years, or was it finally my turn.. neither I guess.. I met a man a couple years later and he rocked my world like non other.. I was treated like a queen, I was always his number one.. I wanted a child with this man so badly.. He introduced me to a friend of his who was a obgyn.. I gave him all the dirt.. from age 14 on. all the operations, all the meds, all of the lost hope.. he put his arms around me and said.. if there is a will there is a way.. I thought oh here we go again, we are going to talk about another woman carrying my child or adoption.. but was blown away when he told me that a lot of new meds had hit the market it the past few years and that my body was lacking some of the most common things that a woman should have.. regular old hormones.. I was given more fertility drugs in addition to other ways of eating.. I began this at age 28. now I had said to myself that if I didn’t have a child by the time I was 25 I would be done and never complain again. My husband and I had only been married a few months when I started this new cocktail of drugs..but low and behold I got pregnant in early March.. I lost that baby on Good Friday.. I lost the first one on Labor day weekend.. I got pregnant again and lost that baby on the 4th of July, needless to say I was afraid of this new roller coaster ride.. I didn’t want to get pregnant if I wasn’t going to have a child, that just seem pointless, and emotionally draining. I waited a year this time and went on the drugs again.. I got pregnant again.. I was terrified.. my IC (interstitial cystitis) was full blown by now, I had been diagnosed with way too many diseases by now.. I really was ready to be done. My ovaries ached everyday… but this time was different.. my IC pain went away and I felt the baby flutter in my belly at the 17 th week. I was now getting a bit calmer, not so afraid to sneeze or cough.. at 30 weeks pregnant my doc did a ultra sound to see how things were.. this was common place by this time, and of course they found a problem.. I was losing my child.. I freaked.. I was in surgery later that night for a cervical stitch.. I went into labor and I was scared.. very scared. 8 weeks later I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy.. I now have three healthy happy kids.. I lost another child with my 1st daughter pregnancy, she was a twin.. I lost the twin in mid trimester.. my kids are adults now and now I am excited to be a grandma. The moral of this story is don’t give up.. you never know what package a baby will come into your life.. If this is what you truly want to be.. A MOMMY there are more ways to do this today than even 25 years ago.. Good Luck

  7. Check out pope Paul vi institute…they “cured” me of my pcos… Had ovarian wedge resection done, periods came back, weight lst, after years of infertility, conceived naturally and healthy pregnancy, I feel great!!! They don’t mask the issue and side effects, they get down the the problem of pcos and fix them!!!!

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