Pregnancy Complications: Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
I have had Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) since I was fifteen years old. PCOS is an imbalance of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone that can result in irregular menstrual periods and pregnancy complications including infertility. Other symptoms include acne, extra hair over your lip and on your chin, and a darkening of skin around the armpits, breasts and groin from a sensitivity to insulin. For me, what started as a small cyst became very large over years and years after taking the wrong medications. I took Metformin (a diabetic medication commonly used to treat PCOS) for years, but I just got sicker and sicker. I racked up thirteen ER visits last year alone.
Finally I switched doctors and asked my new doctor to try something else. He couldn't find any suitable medications. Well, I went online and found something that treats PCOS and asked for it. I am now pregnant and cyst-free.
The drug is called Spironolactone, a diuretic that reduces androgens, or male hormones, in women with PCOS. Note that it isnt safe to take the medication while pregnant, so your doctor will likely advise you to discontinue use to avoid pregnancy complications. Some of the side effects include: irregular bleeding, rash, diarrhea, nausea, cramping, fatigue, confusion and headache.
To diagnose PCOS, your doctor will likely check your hormone levels and your blood sugar levels. Your doctor will also check your ovaries for cysts. I hope other women with PCOS benefit from this information. Ask your doctor before taking any medication!
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