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For me my PCOS journey began in my teens with acne. Of course I didn’t realize then that it was PCOS related. I just assumed it was just regular teenager acne. I do remember being made fun of for the acne on my face. And I still have some slight acne scars today.
In my late teens I had irregular periods. I remember going to a gynecologist for a well check-up and her prescribing birth control pills to regulate me. That was it. No discussion as to why I was irregular. Just a prescription and sent on my way. If she suspected PCOS she didn’t mention it.
After my husband and I had been married for a couple years we decided to start our family. I naively thought I would just stop the birth control and it would all happen. I guess I had forgotten about the irregular cycles. That presents a bit of a challenge. After a year we were sent to a Reproductive Endocrinologist and I was diagnosed with PCOS. Fortunately with monitoring and Clomid we were able to conceive our son and later our daughter.
So as Kate and Toby sat on the other side of that doctor’s desk in last night’s episode I could feel their struggle. Yes we ended up being a fertility success story. But I still remember the feeling of dealing with infertility.
I still remember being embarrassed to discuss so many details with my doctor that seemed too private.
I still remember taking my temperature every morning and tracking it on a chart.
I still remember the heartbreak on the months it didn’t work out.
With our daughter I remember not telling many people we were trying so I wouldn’t have to discuss it with anyone. I had learned from our first experience with infertility.
I still remember being jealous of one of my dearest friends when she broke the news to me that she was expecting on the very day I had another negative pregnancy test. She didn’t know we were trying and I felt like a horrible friend for not being excited enough.
Kudos to This is Us and NBC for shining the light on a common yet not well known condition. Perhaps there will be women out there that decide to look it up and recognize the symptoms and get the help they need.