Getting pregnant with PCOS: Temperature (BBT) charting

Getting pregnant and staying pregnant can be extremely challenging when you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). When your periods are irregular and sometimes non existent, ovulation (release of egg from the ovary), which is the first and most important step in conception may not be taking place at all. Even if you are ovulating, how…

What is PCOS?

I’ve been writing about my ongoing experience with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). In this post, I want to write a little bit about the disease itself in as simple terms as possible. PCOS is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women in the 18-45 age group. It affects 1 in 10 to 1 in…

Dealing with PCOS: Part II – The weight loss saga

Bloated. Irritable. Overweight, hairy and miserable. Two years after my diagnosis with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I was struggling with symptoms and my body showed no signs of changing. The doctor’s advice to lose weight and eat healthy went out of the window after a few months.  The OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) gave me the…

Dealing with PCOS: Part I – The dreaded diagnosis

No periods for 6 months. No spotting, no cramps, nothing.     At 17, this is what landed me at the gynecologist’s office. You may ask why I waited for 6 months. Part of it was embarrassment to discuss it with my mum and dad. The other part was that, since I’d gotten my first…