Thursday, May 9, 2013

Birthday

There has been way too much PCOS talk on this blog the last two weeks so....

Stay tuned next Monday for First Birthday Pictures! If you haven't already follow me on Instagram and Twitter do so cause there are a lot of sneak peaks there.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thoughts on Infertility

As you remember in this post here, I talked about my "emotional roller coaster  after seeing my team of doctors and finally being diagnosed with PCOS. If you read the following post about the signs and symptoms of PCOS you might have noticed INFERTILITY being one of them. 

With Matt and I trying to conceive again this is one of my biggest fears. It is seriously mind numbing. Especially after having a kid already. 

To think that your body is fine and will work properly for the next time you decide having a kid is a great idea. Then to have that pretty much ripped out from under you is seriously a hard pill to swallow. I feel robbed and cheated of something that is supposed to be your womanly rights. 

Our bodies were made to bare children so how come mine is betraying me? The thought of being infertile after being able to have one amazing little boy already leave me numb to my core. As grateful as I am that I got to experience the amazing thing we call birth, not being able to do it again scares me more than I am comfortable to say.

These are my jumbled thoughts on infertility. I pray that I am blessed with one more child. I do not want PCOS to take that away from me. 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Second Kid?

In my post yesterday I asked you all to send Matt and I good baby vibes. If that didn't let the cat outta the bag, I don't know what else will.

Sooooo..... yup Matt and I are officially trying to conceive again. Kai is such an amazing people person. He loves babies and almost everyone he runs into. We also knew back when we were still trying to conceive Kai that we wanted two little babies close together.

I know this next child, goddess willing, will be my last. I also know that this time around is not going to be easy. It is most likely going to be full of disappointment and month after month of negative pregnancy tests. Although I am hoping that this first round of Provera and Clomid kick started my ovaries.

I won't lie, I mean what's the point of having a blog if you're going to lie  I have my hopes up and if I'm not pregnant this month I will be pretty sad. I know it is not the end of the world or anything, but I am really hoping to be announcing Kai's brother or sister soon.


I love Kai and this no way means that we are not satisfied having one kid. If that is what the goddess wants then I will go on loving him like crazy. He changed my whole world when he entered it. It's only been a year and I can not even imagine what life was like before him. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Provera Update

After taking the Provera to get my body uterus working again I noticed a few things:

1. I was supposed to start at day 10, instead I started on day 15.
2. I really do not like bloating and cramping. I mean seriously who likes feeling like you took a sucker punch in the uterus? 
3. I got super stressed out and cranky.

There you have it the top 3 things I noticed while taking Provera. Number 3, being stressed out was mainly because of number 1. My body sure does love doing it's own thing. 

I do not think I will be taking the Provera again. Instead I talked to my midwife and she gave me some useful tools to talk to my doctors about and also suggested some vitamins that I could take to help my system regulate itself.

I started Clomid on Saturday. The short version of Clomid is that it helps your body realize it should ovulate.

I will update on that when I am done taking it. In the meantime send some good baby mojo our way.


Friday, May 3, 2013

Treatment

There are many different kinds of treatment for PCOS. The Provera and Clomiphene are just a few of the treatments that I am undergoing along with exercise to lose the extra weight I have packed on and changing my diet.

This is from the PCOS Foundation website on Treatment:

"Types of Medical Treatment


You should consult with your doctor or practitioner to determine if you are diagnosed with PCOS. Because there is no cure for PCOS, medical management and lifestyle modification are the best ways to treat the syndrome. It is a very good idea to keep up with your doctor's monitoring protocols. Medical treatment should be based on your symptoms and goals. Treatment can depend on whether a woman is considering pregnancy, is menopausal, or does not want to conceive.
Some of the treatments you may receive:


Birth control pills:


  • Regulates or controls menstrual cycles
  • Reduces male hormone levels
  • Can help clear up acne
  • Some doctors may recommend these to help with ovulation and future conception


Metformin (Glucophase)

This medication has been found to help PCOS symptoms. Metformin has shown to affect the way insulin is controlled in blood glucose (sugar) and has shown to lower testosterone levels. Other signs and symptoms such as abnormal hair growth and weight gain have lessened or disappeared with the use of Metformin, and it can assist in ovulation after a few months. Metformin is used for Type 2 diabetes but can be useful to women with PCOS because many have insulin resistance. This mediation improves the cells response to insulin and helps move glucose into the cell, which allows your body to make less insulin.


Fertility

Lack of ovulation is usually found with women suffering from PCOS. Studies have shown that 70% of women diagnosed with PCOS have infertility.

Fertility Treatments:


  • Ovulation cycles
  • Inseminations
  • In Vitro Fertilization or IVF

Fertility Medications:


  • Clomiphene also known as Clomid- an oral medication which is typically a first choice to stimulate ovulation. This medication is determined by your practitioner and dosage and treatment protocols may vary depending on your doctor.
  • Letrozole- an oral medication that works like Clomid and may also be a first choice to stimulate ovulation. This medication should also be determined by your practitioner and dosage and treatment protocols may vary.
  • Gonadotropins- this is given in a shot form and used to stimulate the ovary to produce several follicles. Again, this medication is determined by your doctor and dosage and treatment protocols may vary depending on your doctor.


Surgery or Procedures:


  • Ovarian Drilling - This is when a doctor makes a very small cut above or below the navel and inserts a small tool (telescope) into the abdomen, also known as a laparoscopy. Then the doctor punctures the ovary with a small needle carrying an electric current to destroy a small portion of the ovary. This surgical procedure may lower male hormone levels and help with ovulation, but it also carries a risk of developing scar tissue on the ovary and the benefits may only last a few months. Both the risks and the benefits of ovarian drilling should be discussed with your doctor to determine if it is the right treatment for you.
  • Oophorectomy – Your ovaries contain eggs that produce hormones to control your menstrual cycle. An oophorectomy is a surgical procedure where one or both ovaries are removed. It is called a bilateral Oophorectomy when both ovaries are removed. This surgery is typically performed with other procedures such as a hysterectomy. Your doctor can determine if it is the right treatment for your case.
  • Hysterectomy- During a hysterectomy, a doctor removes a woman's uterus and cervix. Your doctor may chose to remove the uterus only, which is called a partial hysterectomy. This procedure should be discussed and determined by your doctor
  • Cyst Aspiration


Medications for increased hair growth or extra male hormone:


  • Vanique-a cream that helps reduce facial hair. This medication's risks, dosage and side effects should be discussed with your doctor or practitioner.
  • Aldactone- blocks androgens, or male hormones. This medication's risks, dosage and side effects should be discussed with your doctor or practitioner.


Lifestyle Modifications:


  • Getting educated with nutrition- finding someone that specializes in PCOS or Diabetes
  • Learning about nutrition labels
  • Glycemic Index (GI and Glycemic Load (GL)) – learning the GI and GL
  • Modifying your diet
  • Eating and learning about well balanced meals
  • Exercise- both cardiovascular and weight training
  • Meditation for Anxiety, Breathing, Depression and Stress
  • Non Smoking


Weight Loss:


  • Medically supervised weight loss programs- General medical studies indicate that lowering weight can lower disease risk factors.
  • Bariatric surgery- In some cases this surgical procedure may help women suffering and considered Obese. Check with your health care professional to see if this is right for you.


Other Treatments:


  • Laser hair removal
  • Hormonal treatments
  • Alternative methods
  • Vitamins and Minerals"
 Again I want to say that I AM NOT A DOCTOR and am not in anyway saying you might have PCOS. As a blogger I want to inform myself and my readers about PCOS because that is the journey that I am taking. I want to share this with as many people as I can. If I happen to help someone get up the courage to go speak with their doctor about this disorder then I am glad.

For me this is going to be a long road. I am no where near being healthy enough to reduce some of my symptoms. I hope that you will all join me in this new chapter in my life.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

PCOS Testing

There are many types of tests that are run to determine if you have PCOS. 

This is from the PCOS Foundation on Testing for PCOS


"Types of Testing

Medical History
Your doctor should gather information about your past and family medical history, including questions about your menstrual cycles in detail, pregnancy history or infertility, weight changes, sleep patterns, fatigue, depression, medications you are currently taking, review of previous blood testing you have had and other medical history.

Physical Exam
Your practitioner's exam will include measuring your blood pressure, weight, and identifying your body mass index (BMI). They will examine your body for any signs and symptoms such as hair growth, skin discoloration, skin tags, acne and thinning hair.

Blood Testing

Your practitioner will usually order a variety of tests, some of which include testosterone, DHEA and fasting glucose.

Vaginal Ultrasound
Your practitioner should perform a pelvic ultrasound. This ultrasound is typically performed by a Reproductive Endocrinologist, qualified OB/GYN, or a specialty hospital or imaging center. This test is performed to take images of the endometrial lining and look for multiple cysts.

Consultation
Try to collect your medical records from previous doctor's visits before meeting with your new specialist, including blood tests, progress notes, ultrasounds, surgical reports or any other type of medical records you may have. You may want to write down specific symptoms or questions that you have for your doctor. When you meet with your specialist, make sure that you feel comfortable that they are the right choice for you."


I am not a doctor. If you have any of these signs or symptoms and think you might have PCOS please talk to you primary doctor about it. They will run the necessary tests to see if you have it.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Signs and Symptoms

I wanted to touch base on some of the other symptoms of PCOS with you. As you remember in this post here, I spoke about my weight gain. That is just one of the signs of PCOS. There are A LOT of other signs to look for too.

I copied this from the PCOS Foundation website:

"There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Only a doctor can test for PCOS. Some common signs and symptoms to look for are:


PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, and is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. PCOS has been recognized and diagnosed for seventy-five years. There are many signs and symptoms that a woman may experience. Since PCOS cannot be diagnosed with one test alone and symptoms vary from woman to woman, PCOS has been known as the “Silent Killer”. Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been linked to an increased risk for developing several medical risks including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease."


Now I am not a doctor. If you have any of these signs or symptoms and think you might have PCOS please talk to you primary doctor about it. They will run the necessary tests to see if you have it.