Could it be PCOS?posted by: mothercare
Another month has passed and I’m still, I’m sorry to say, not pregnant. When we first decided to try for a baby I actually put all my boxes of tampons away thinking I wouldn’t need them for a while, but now they’ve all reappeared in the bathroom as a constant reminder. Dan seems to be coping with it all so much better than me, in fact he’s so busy with work and friends and about a hundred different sports, he doesn’t really have time to think about it. For women it’s different because we have the physical reminder each month that pregnancy hasn’t happened.
A friend of mine (on a drunken night out) told me suddenly that she was having problems conceiving and that she’d just been diagnosed with PCOS. PCOS, for those not familiar with it, stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and is where you can have various cysts on your ovaries, or your ovaries produce more testosterone (a male hormone) than normal. Some women don’t ovulate at all with this condition and some ovulate very infrequently but all of these things can lead to women not becoming pregnant. Now that PCOS has been identified in my friend, the doctors think they’ll be able to treat her and that her chances of becoming pregnant are quite high. I don’ think I have PCOS because so far my periods have been pretty regular, I might still mention it to my GP just in case…
Mother’s Day was tricky because I really thought I’d be pregnant whilst celebrating but it wasn’t to be. I took my mum out to a spa which we both love and spent the day having treatments and relaxing together. She knows we’ve been trying to conceive and she’s been really supportive. About half way through the day she said: ‘you know it took me about a year to conceive your brother’! I was really shocked as I assumed she’d had no problems conceiving us (I’m one of three). She said that in those days they didn’t really do any checks and just told you to get on with it which is what she did. Eventually she did fall pregnant and everything was fine. It definitely gave me some hope that even if it takes longer than it seems to take for all my friends, it will happen at some point.
Other than that I tried really hard NOT to watch One Born Every Minute and Call the Midwife because I didn’t need to see lots of babies being born. The last time I watched them I ended up weeping all the way through and wishing it was me holding my newborn baby. Instead we watched the first series of ‘The Killing’, the Danish drama that everyone seems to be watching, which was surprisingly good and nothing about babies!