Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I was diagnosed with PCOS at 19 and I have learned to live with it. I have found that diet and exercise makes me almost completely asymptomatic so life as a PCOS girl is as close to normal as it is going to get for me. For those who don't know what I am talking about, I have Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a hormonal imbalance that causes a mutlitude of issue some of which include, loss or irregularity of menstraul cycle, loss or irregularity of ovulation, it makes you three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer, and it creates little polyps or cysts in your ovaries which can be dangerous but typically are just annoying for the above-mentioned reasons.
One of the hardest things for me has been finding a birth control method that will regulate my periods without causing other issues. It has been really hard to find the right one because it has to mesh chemically with the already wacky chemical and hormonal imbalance that I have. For years I had been on Yaz with no issues and it was the only birth control that worked well for me. THey have recently stopped prescribing it so I was trying to find a new birth control. Now I may add that typically fertility is not something a woman with PCOS would worry about. However, the moment diet and exercise regimes are in place and the weight starts to come off, our fertility sky rockets! I have been pregnant three times and each time came as a result of a drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, I also have an incompetent cervix so I am still child-less at 29. Considering that i will be getting married in ten months, I do not want to get preggers especially since after dropped the initial 25 pounds, I began ovulating again.
About three weeks ago I got the Mirena IUD put in. It was a horribly painful process, like a PAP smear on steroids, but after day 2 all the cramping and discomfort had subsided. The doctor told me that one of the more common side effects of the Mirena is ovarian cysts. At that, I chuckled because I already have a sack full! The doctor told me that in my case, it may cause the small cysts to actually combine and form a larger one. Now that is scary. My cousin, my mom and her sister all had to have an ovary removed so that is a real risk for me. But I was so mesmerized with the possibility of ridding myself of menstral cycles that I overlooked it. Well the past week or so I have been having sharp pain followed by dull, pulsing pain in my right ovaries. I have even experienced the dull pain in my left. I have had no bleeding or spotting but something is telling me that I may have a larger cyst developing. When Derrell and I tried to be intimate, it was painful. Last night as I was falling asleep, I started to feel like I was having contractions . I had to take an Ibuprofen 800 just to fall asleep.
I am not asking what should I do because I already know i am going to have to make an appointment, but has anyone else had trouble with IUD's?