The doctor advised me to really try to lose the weight since I had the cysts –which were the actual cause of my excess weight. He put me on drugs to stabilize my hormones and when I returned for checkup later, he informed me that all was well.
But then, the cysts would recur! I continued living not knowing they had recurred until I conceived my second child in November 2013. But things would soon go awry three months later. I started experiencing abdominal pains in February 2014 and at some point it became so unbearable that I had to be rushed to the hospital one early morning. Unfortunately, I lost my baby. My doctor attributed my miscarriage to PCOS, which is often associated with negative pregnancy outcomes. I didn’t understand very well what he said, all I remember was feeling so shattered. I couldn’t help but think that maybe I should have gone to see the doctor immediately I started having the abdominal pains, that I shouldn’t have ignored that feeling.
Since the miscarriage in 2014, I have not lost much weight. I still feel the abdominal pains at times. I still visit the hospital whenever I notice symptoms of PCOS. I listen to my body a lot nowadays. I also feel so much emotional pain when I remember the baby I lost. I even underwent depression, but thoughts of my son and my husband who needed me helped me pull through it. I also chose to trust in God and be more prayerful. My healing process was further strengthened when I decided to support a local children’s home as this gave me inward nourishment each time I interacted with the adorable children.
I haven’t been able to conceive again even though I have not used any contraceptive. Getting pregnant again has been really hard. But I am a person of faith and I believe that God will give me another baby soon.
The reason I’m sharing my story today is to create awareness on PCOS, and to give the following advice to my fellow women:
- Do not ignore your inner feeling –the one that keeps bothering you. I remember the day before I miscarried, I went to one of the high-end hospitals and told the medics that I was in pain and even suggested they admit me, but they declined and told me that what I was feeling was normal, and sent me back home. Something just didn’t feel right, but I went home anyway. I had the miscarriage the following day. I always feel that I should have gone to a different hospital because I wasn’t satisfied with what they told me.
- Listen to your body. Whenever you have a feeling that something is not right, just see a doctor. It’s better to get checked and nothing is found, rather than ignore and then be sorry later.
- Always show concern and sensitivity to a friend, because you just never know what they are going through.
- Do research. It helps one understand what they are going through.
- When in doubt, seek a second opinion from a different health provider.
- There is power in prayer. The journey to motherhood for me has not been an easy one, but prayer is what has gotten me through. Never cease praying.”
Read more about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) here.
Eve, thank you for sharing your story. Lots of helpful information for us all. We keep you in our prayers.
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