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Welcome to our journey!

I’m Ash and welcome to Our journey to Parenthood with Pcos. I have started this blog to share my story with others who might be going through the same struggle. I’ll be writing about everything that happens between now and (fingers crossed!!) the day we bring home our little miracle and maybe even beyond that. Who knows! I hope you enjoy!

July/August Update

After spending the first few weeks of July with horrible stomach cramps and back pain, I booked an appointment with my GP.

I knew it was more than likely due to an ovarian cyst but it was a different kind of pain than I was used to so I was nervous and was booked in for an ultrasound.

On the 17th, I went in for my ultrasound and was very surprised to find out I had a total of 40 immature follicles on my ovaries. It was definitely a record for me.

There was nothing I could do but wait it out and keep up with the pain killers.

A week or so after my ultrasound I started spotting and ,three weeks later, it’s still going. Unfortunately, that’s what happens when you only get one period every six months.

One exciting thing that happened at my doctors appointment is that i got a referral to another fertility specialist. We are booked in for our first appointment in the first week of September.

Even though we are on the waiting list for a public fertility specialist, I am not the most patient person, so we decided to see one sooner and get some answers, rather than wait eighteen months and potentially have wasted time.

Home made candles!

I am always on the look out for hobbies to keep me occupied, that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
I have had my heart set on candle making for the longest time, but I never had the time (or the money) to go shopping for supplies.

A few weeks ago, I finally convinced my Mum to drive me the 30 minutes to the candle shop since I don’t drive and I spent $40 on all the supplies and equipment i needed. ( Wax, wicks, tea light cups, pour pot etc.) It worked out a lot less than i had expected :D!

The second I got home, i got to work making tea light candles and haven’t really stopped since!

Last weekend, we went back to the store and i got a whole lot more wax, scents and colours. I’m officially addicted!

I have always wanted to start a business selling home made products, ( I love knitting and making cards too) and now it feels like it could actually happen.

Follow me on my journey as I learn ( and sometimes fail) to create candles 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/dashlencandles/

 

 

June update 2.0

Today, I had an appointment with my GP to talk about the rest of my test results.
Not surprisingly, the results back up the diagnosis of PCOS. ( I forgot to ask for a copy but I do know that my SHBG=17 and my “free testosterone”=10) 

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to ask about clomid. She flat out refused as the “ risks are too high” and they could get into a lot of trouble “if something went wrong”.

I then got yet another lecture about weight loss, and instantly broke into tears. I’m sick of hearing it! I know I need to lose weight but its not that easy. 

One good thing that came out of today, is that she finally agreed to put me on the waiting list for the public fertility clinic in my state. Its an 18 month wait on average, so not too excited about that.

I have finally found a moonstone! I’m so excited as I’ve been looking for months. Fingers crossed it’s the real deal.

I will write a separate post on that if anyone is interested 🙂 

June Update

May 7th marked the first day of my first cycle of 2017… better late than never!

It also marked the first day of another wait. The countdown to my 21 day blood work began.

After having my HSG in Feb I was full of hope with this being my first cycle since. 

However, as per usual my body had other plans. According to the results my body hadn’t even registered that I had had a period… which resulted in me breaking down in tears in front of my doctor.

To make matters worse, the only explanation she could give me was that I needed to lose weight. Now while I acknowledge I am overweight, (by 20 kilos)  I was the ideal weigh for years and experienced the same thing.

Not to mention I know women bigger than me who are pregnant with their fifth babies!

I have asked my doctor about clomid before and she said GPs weren’t allowed to prescribe it and then referred me to a gyno ( who also stated she wasn’t allowed to prescribe it… go figure!)

However, after taking to a pharmacist, it seems that they can prescribe clomid at their discretion.

I have another appointment coming up next week to ask again, I will update afterwards.
P.S I apologize for the time between posts. It seems like I have no news for months and all of a sudden everything happens in a week.

Ten Old Wives Tales About Conception

I love hearing about different things women try to get pregnant. Growing up, my family was full of them! So I thought it would be fun to make a list of old wives tales about conception and see if any of them actually work!

  1. Drinking cough syrup. ( specifically Robitussin)- This is said to thin your CM, making it more sperm friendly.
  2. Drinking honey and cinnamon tea. -This is said to boost blood flow to the reproduction system.
  3. Yoga.- This is along the same lines as “Relax and see what happens.”
  4. Prayer.- Depending on your beliefs, this one might not count.
  5. Moonstone.- Keep one next to your bed. It is said to boost fertility.

I thought I would throw in some silly ones as well. Everything is worth a try.

  1. Sleep on blue sheets.
  2. Every time you see a pregnant friend, rub her belly for goodluck.
  3. Eat sweet potatoes to conceive twins.
  4. Don’t vacuum under your bed.
  5. Surround yourself with figurines and pictures of frogs and elephants.

If you have any thing to add to the list, comment below so everyone can give it a try!

My goals for 2017

I am determined to make 2017 the year I get healthy and *hopefully* pregnant!

With my 26th birthday a few days away, I feel like I’m running out of time. Early menopause runs in my family, so it’s time to get serious!

  1. Quit smoking ( This is the most important goals for many reasons)
  2. Get started on my diet and start taking the supplements I mentioned.
  3. Start an exercise routine. Walking around the block in the evenings or maybe yoga?
  4. Lose at least 10% of my weight. Studies show it could drastically improve my PCOS.
  5. Get good marks on my business certificate * to be completed in September*
  6. I am planning on getting a job either while I’m studying or after.I hope to get a job in administration but I’ll probably accept anything. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
  7. When I get a job I aim to save 10% of my pay to go towards baby stuff. So I guess the longer it takes for us to fall pregnant the more baby clothes I get to buy!!
  8. And last but not least, actually get pregnant! Seeing as my tubes are clear , I’m now on Metformin and I think I’ve found the magic mix of supplements, I would be surprised if I’m not pregnant in 12 months. *wishful thinking*

The PCOS diet

A few months ago, I wrote about how I tried the ketogenic diet for weight loss. It only lasted 2 weeks as I gained 5 kilograms during that time.

Since then, I have done some more research about the effects of ketosis on PCOS and found that it can be very beneficial on women suffering from symptoms.

I have decided to give it another go but this time I will be following the PCOS diet guidelines and I won’t be focusing on weight loss as much.

Foods to avoid:

  • High GI foods: Cake, biscuits, white bread, pasta and rice etc.
  • Sugary drinks: Soft drinks, fruit juices and cordial.
  • Dairy: Milk, cheese, butter etc.
  • Soy
  • Caffeine (!?)
  • Alcohol
  • Fast food in general.

Foods to include:

  • Vegetables: especially green leafy veggies as they are high in vitamins.*limit starchy veggies such as potatoes*
  • Low GI fruits: apples,watermelon, oranges , blueberries etc.
  • Healthy fats: avocado, nuts, seeds, tuna and salmon.
  • Protein: organic and hormone free is best.

 Supplements to consider:

  • Vitamin D: known to improve insulin resistance.
  • Fish oil: known to decrease testosterone levels.
  • Inositol: some what of a magic pill. Known to improve hormonal balance, insulin resistance and gestational diabetes.

I have a feeling I will do a lot better on this regime as its more about sticking to the good foods list rather than trying to work out fat, carb and protein ratios.