In the fall of 2011, I started having frequent pain in my lower abdomen. The only way I could explain the positioning was to put my hands all the way into my pockets and and to say the pain was where my finger tips were. Finally the pain was so severe, I went to my local ER. The doctor was not very thorough and pushed on my belly once and ran a pregnancy test. He told me that I probably had a cyst on my ovary and that it would go away on its own. I followed up with a new primary care doctor, and she ordered several tests and determined I have polycystic ovarian syndrome aka PCOS.
Upon receiving my diagnosis of PCOS, all I could think was ’What does that even mean?’ I’ve always had irregular periods, if I had one at all. I’ve always been on the heavier side and tried EVERY diet and exercise regimen and pill you can think of with little or no result. I recently had noticed more fatigue and a few granny whiskers on my chin. When I got home and researched polycystic ovarian syndrome, I noticed that I have several of the signs and symptoms and realized I had gone undiagnosed for all of my 25 years.
Right now I am treating the pain and researching treatment options with my physician. My insurance company just released a new policy stating that they will only cover one gynecologist visit a year and will not cover anything fertility related. I am one of those women that was born to be a mother; I’ve loved babies since I was out of diapers. My fiance and I both desperately want children, and following our wedding next month, we will be seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. Since I was diagnosed last October, I have done all kinds of research, and I plan on advocating for myself and others. I will not let this diagnosis become me.
The informational content of this article 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.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.