Polycystic ovarian syndrome which is otherwise commonly called as PCOS id the most common kind of syndrome present in Indian women. Majority of the women have hardly diagnosed themselves with this disease due to lack of awareness or we could say lack of seriousness towards irregular or missed periods.
One in ten women suffer from this syndrome. It is one of the major causes of infertility but the good part is that it's completely treatable and curable. Women suffering from this syndrome have hormonal imbalance and metabolic problems. I was diagnosed with PCOS soon after my marriage and it was because I missed my periods for three months straight.
Like any newly married couple, we were expecting to hear some good news but then it just turned out to be a bunch of cysts on my ovaries. Heart break is how one could exactly describe that situation. Have any of you done head stands in the process of trying to become pregnant? I'm not sure if it's even a real thing but then someone told me that after having sex, keep your lower half of the body at an elevated position so that maximum amount of semen would go inside your vagina, rather than getting wasted. Trust me I did it, though I'm not sure if it helped but then that's how desperate I was to become pregnant.
Some common symptoms that you should probably look out for are:
- Sudden weight gain due to hypothyroidism.
- Irregular periods which in my case was varied from 45 days to 3 months.
- Excessive hair fall which we tend to ignore as climatic or due to poor water quality.
- Lethargy and lack of energy to do anything.
- Some people have excess facial hair growth. I being generally hairy didn't find much growth.
- Mood swings were crazy for me. One moment I was all happy and the next moment I was all upset and sad.
I went for walks early in the morning to a nearby park. Before I headed out i used to have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. I used to walk as much as I could and then on my way home, I did all my vegetable and fruits shopping. I used to take a haul of fresh seasonal fruits which was my breakfast every morning. Lunch was chapati every day and I had a huge serving of vegetables to go with it. I started getting healthier or rather I started living a healthy way of life. Dinner ended up being chapattis on most nights, if not it was a huge bowl of salad. All these conscious efforts to loose some weight, living healthier was all a positive good in my life.
Within three months of following this routine, I managed to become pregnant. Not with one but with two babies growing in my womb simultaneously. PCOS can sound so scary and at some point in time I was scared too. I was worried about me being able to become a mom ever. But just like they say that it's the most curable form of infertility. I know the pain a woman feels when she realises that she is barren. All I want to tell you is don't lose heart. It's our sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits that has brought this upon us. Make small changes in your way of life and I am sure you r womb will be blessed abundantly. Have any of you suffered from infertility?
I would like to thank Debbi Dutta for introducing me. Do check out her blog to see what's her take on life this week. I would like to introduce my friend Maitri Verma to this blog train. Do check out her blog.