You’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, and you are wondering if it is possible to have children. Well, I’m here to tell you it is possible to have kids even though you have PCOS. PCOS and pregnancy are possible, maybe not for everyone, but it is possible.
Yes, it will most likely be a struggle, it may take years, it may be a super long journey with many failed months. But it can happen! Yes, I am proof that it can happen.
I started talking to you about my diagnosis and Living with PCOS just a couple of months ago. I even talked about the symptoms and side effects I have and even though they may be different for you, we all suffer in some way the same. Most of us, who have been diagnosed with PCOS, find out because we want to have children. Our cycles just aren’t going the way they should.
PCOS and pregnancy, it is possible!
For me, getting pregnant was a very long and frustrating journey. Because there are so many options you can go, and you never know which way is going to work for you, we had to take it one option at a time. Although it took over three years for me to finally get pregnant, I was super lucky to have found out that there was a study being conducted at one of the local hospitals for women with PCOS who were trying to get pregnant. I didn’t know about the research until after I had already tried two different treatments that were unsuccessful. They were studying the correlation between PCOS and pregnancy and what helps make it happen.
The study was a blind experiment. You were placed into one of three groups. One group was given Metformin and a placebo pill. Another group was given Clomid and a placebo pill. The third group was given Metformin and Clomid. It was a blind study; you didn’t know which group you were in. It didn’t take me long to find out that I was in the third group, getting both drugs because I immediately had the effects that I needed to get pregnant. I knew that this was the group I needed to be in before the study even started for me because I had previously taken both of the medications separately and they had no effect on me.
The study was very specific, and you had to do everything by the book. To start off, we had to undergo many tests to make sure you were a good candidate. Each month I had several blood tests I had to take and once a week I had to have blood drawn to check for ovulation. I had to keep daily records of the medication I took (even though I didn’t know which ones I had), I had to keep track of every time I had sex, I had to keep track of my mood and so much more.
PCOS & Pregnancy
The first month they detected ovulation but no pregnancy. The second month was the same. The third month was the same once again. In the fourth month, I was getting very discouraged because I had one last month in the study. It was to get pregnant now or I would have to start all over after a break. I went in for my regular tests and to pick up my final set of medication and I got the usual talk from the study group. They reminded me that I was going to be starting my last round, and if I didn’t get pregnant then I would probably need to move to another type of treatment; most likely IFV.
I left the hospital and took my drive to work. I got to work and had just clocked in and settled at my desk to start my workday when I got a phone call. It was one of the nurses from the study. She was calling to tell me that I was pregnant! One of the blood tests they would take each month was a pregnancy test. It came back positive! PCOS and pregnancy success!
I couldn’t believe it; I was in shock. The one month that we didn’t follow all the rules for the study, the one month I decided to color my hair, the one month that I was so discouraged I was thinking of not even participating in the final month, and it was the one month I needed!