Round 2

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age (12-45years old) and is one of the leading causes of infertility.

The principal features are obesity, anovulation (resulting in irregular menstruation), acne, and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly among women. While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity are all strongly correlated with PCOS.

This is what we are dealing with.  If you read the description above you will notice that I don't really meet the qualifying markers.  I am not overweight by any means, do not have excessive hair, am not insulin resistant, nor do I have any abnormal hormonal issues.  Which puts me in the an even smaller percentage.  I am thin, have cystic ovaries, and do not menstruate on my own.  The usual protocol is to lose weight, eat low carb, go on metformin an insulin drug, and clomid.  Unfortunately I cannot lose weight and I am clomid resistant, meaning I did not respond at all.  So injections are the next step, which most of you already know.  Better than clomid and best of all last round, two little eggs released...which is a huge blessing of it's own:)

Round 2 starts Saturday...wish us luck:)  and Stop us! if we ever set foot to adopt a pet in another country!!


Brittany said...

Hey sweet girl~ Steve & I are praying for y'all. We have several friends that are at the same stage as you guys are. Love, Brittany

Charlie and Manda said...

Totally feeling ya love.
Lately I've been trying to figure out the line between trying/wanting/pursuing (a very good thing) and obsession (a nasty word). Have you figured out the balance? It's hard when you're taking meds everyday, or ultrasounds, or blood tests nearly weekly to not think about it. Hummmm....

BFN still, fyi. :-P
Keep trusting. and I'll chain ya down when you run for Asia and the adoption of a cat or muskrat or monkey, etc.

Lisa said...

Sounds tough Andrea. You also sound like you're tough (in a good way). Taking it as it comes and thanking God for 2 eggs!! Yay!

And I can relate on the level of "doesn't sound like me at all..." with my diabetes stuff...hrmph.

I pray for you both!

Alex and Andrea said...

Thanks for your comments...they are so encouraging and I can feel the love. Today the doctor said we have to take a month off because of cysts, but we think it is a blessing in disguise for a number of reasons, so here's to March:)

jackie said...

Hey Andrea - I came to your blog from a comment you wrote on Molly Piper's blog. I too have PCOS and no cycles when i'm unmedicated. We've been trying since December of 2008 and started seeing a specialist in January 2010... have had one failed IUI so far and lots of hardship. I am so with you:) It's encouraging to know people are in a similar situation and clinging to the sovereignty and goodness of Jesus with all they've got:)

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