My name is Darianne, and I was just diagnosed with PCOS. When I first got my period, I was 12 or 13, but it was never regular. When I told my mom, she told me it was just my body trying to figure itself out, and I believed her because I was new to periods. Through high school and since then, they have never been regular, and at some points, I would get them twice a year. I thought at that time it was okay because I wouldn’t have to get them every month.
When I started college, I lived on my own with a roommate who was my best friend, but things changed for the worse. The way she treated me and her family made me have really bad depression and anxiety. My mom and my boyfriend started to get really worried about me, so we made a doctor’s appointment to get me on medication to help me with my anxiety and depression. But before I went, I researched and found PCOS. It started to make think I had it because I gained weight in high school, even though I’m an active person, and I gained it mostly in my lower stomach and started to get hair everywhere. My neck would get these black hairs all the time, and I had a feeling there was something wrong.
When I asked my doctor about it, she said I was just going through puberty and it was nothing. I knew it was not nothing, so I made appointment again with a different doctor. I was so relieved because this doctor agreed with me and wanted to help me get answers. I had to wait until the third day of my cycle to get blood taken and to do an ultrasound to look at my ovaries. A week later, I had my appointment, and she explained to me I did have PCOS. My left ovary had follicles that looked like a ring. My right looked okay, but it wasn’t good either. She then explained it was based on a scale of 4 to 13 for fertility. I was rated a 5, and she explained again that if you rated a 4 you would have to go straight to the more aggressive approach for fertility treatment. Now we are going to a fertility place to do our next step, and are ready to try to conceive.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.