Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My experience with PCOS and lapband surgery.

I have been wanting to write about this for awhile and I have a few minutes right now so I think I will do it.  I have severe PCOS.  I was diagnosed at the age of 19 after having VERY irregular periods, hair growth in weird places, and a 50 pound weight gain in just a few months.  It took several doctors and lots of work on my part, but I finally found an MD who would listen and was officially diagnosed.  I have tried lots of different meds to treat my PCOS but nothing really worked.  I got pregnant VERY unexpectedly a few months after my hubbyand I got married and miscarried my baby a few week after we found out.  I was devastated, of course.  I quickly got pregnant again with my son probably so easily due to just be pregnant the month or so before.  My second pregnancy took 1 1/2 years to achieve.  I was on lots of fertility meds and finally after giving up and taking a break we got pregnant with my daughter.  We then tried again to get pregnant again about a year or so ago and after 6 mths of ultrasounds, fertility meds, and lots of disappointment  we decided to take a break and I decided to have lapband surgery.  I tell you all of this to give you a little background on just how well I know my body.  Because of the fertility issues I am very in tune with my hormones and I know when they are off.  Before my lapband surgery, I was a mess.  I had irregular periods, very little cervical mucous when I should have had lots, ect, ect.  I am now down 40 pounds since my pre-op weigh in and MAN do I notice a difference in my hormones.  I have had a regular period since my surgery, on time, every month.  I have NEVER had this.  I have TONS of cervical mucous when I should and really notice the hormone changes in my body when I am ovulating and right before my period.  This excites me.  I am very hopeful that this summer we can get my IUD taken out and hopefully get pregnant right away.  Who new 40 pounds would make such a difference?  I have my yearly appt. with my amazing, HOT, (haha) OBGYN in a month or so and am excited to get my blood work done to see exactly how this weight loss has effected my PCOS.  There is hope my fellow PCOS ladies!  They say weight loss is the best cure for PCOS and I am sitting here as living proof that even a little weight loss can have an effect on PCOS.  I am excited for the year to come, to loose even more weight and hopefully have even less issues with my PCOS.  Well, thats it in a nut shell!  Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

1 comment:

Amanda Kiska said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I know several other bandsters deal with this issue.