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Sandra, a uterine cancer survivor due to PCOS shares her Insights on Infertility and PCOS. She writes a blog Lemonade and Gingerbread you should have a look at. If you like her insights be sure to leave a comment below to help her win the $150 AMEX card!
PCOS Doesn’t Need to End in Heart Ache
As most of you who read my blog regularly know I am a cancer survivor of over 2 years now. A bloggy friend of mine, Rebekah, recently posted a story for Circle & Bloom on what she learned through her infertility and pregnancy. When I read this I became motivated to share my story on PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome).
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I have probably had PCOS all my adult life. I had irregular menstrual cycles as long as I can remember. However, I did not find out an actual diagnosis until I was going through the last chances of fertility treatments around age 40. At the same time I was told that my chances of conceiving at that point were slim to none. That I should not continue on with fertility treatments and that I should instead take birth control pills to control my PCOS. The only caution I was given was that PCOS can lead to diabetes. Well, as a Catholic married woman who still had hopes of conceiving I was not going to take the advice to take birth control pills. Besides, birth control pills cause problems of their own. Imagine my surprise when two years later, I found out I had endometrial cancer.
- What I wish I knew:
I wish I knew I had PCOS before the age of 40, maybe I could have done something to conceive. I also wish I had known that PCOS could lead to cancer. I still would have opted out of birth control but I could have looked for alternatives.
- What I wish I did:
I wish I would have been more proactive when I was younger to find out what was wrong with me. Why I didn’t have regular menstrual cycles. What could have been done to correct this.
- I am grateful I knew:
I am grateful I knew enough to seek out my doctor when I started having heavy bleeding and clotting (this was the cancer). Even though they said it was a result of the PCOS, that after a while the uterine lining builds up so much it has to shed one way or another. I didn’t believe them and insisted on a better answer. My doctor suggested we do a uterine biopsy just to rule our cancer and then it would be part of my chart as we searched for answers.
- I am grateful I did:
I’m grateful that I push my doctor to consider this wasn’t normal and suggest the biopsy which lead to the diagnosis of cancer and no doubt saved my life.
- I would want others to know:
Know your body and know what’s normal and what is not. First every woman whether 15 or 85 should know what is considered normal and where she fits within this normal window. And if something doesn’t seem right ask your doctor. Secondly, once you know what your normal is, then don’t be afraid to question changes that don’t seem right. It may be nothing, but it’s best to ask. And always, always don’t wait to ask. Edometrial cancer is one of the easiest cancer’s to survive but the key is early diagnosis. The only way to diagnose is through a uterine biopsy. Also, PCOS is not something to take lightly besides cancer it can cause such issues as high blood pressure and diabetes. But there are solutions and it doesn’t have to take away your chances of having children.
Thankfully for me, I had a happy ending. I’m cancer free and while it’s been a hard road my husband and I currently trying to adopt.