PCOS & Infertility: Part III
At this point, we had been on this journey for a year and a half and nothing was working.
Geoff and I made an appointment for a consultation with a fertility specialist back in September. After the usual vital tests, we were able to see the specialist. The doctor was nice and very straight forward. He asked us our history to date with our fertility journey and explained what our options are. Everything seemed pretty routine.
He dropped a bomb
The next step in our journey are the shots, but because of my weight (aka: estrogen levels) there is a high chance that they won’t work. To increase the chances of the shots working, I’ve got to lose weight (no surprise there). But, PCOS makes this 10x more difficult.
He tells us that my weight is an issue and that I should have the Sleeve gastric surgery due to my PCOS. This procedure would not only allow me to lose the weight, it would also remove the part of the stomach that produces hormones that cause many of the PCOS symptoms.
SURGERY?!? That’s my best hope for starting a family is to have ¾ of my stomach removed? You have got to be kidding me!? Is this a joke? Out of all the scenarios that I played out in my head, I never expected this.
After pulling myself together (which took a couple of days), we had to make some difficult decisions. Do we try the shots anyway? Do I have surgery? Do we move on to adoption?
For me, surgery is out of the picture for now. I’m not saying that one day I won’t have it (who doesn’t want to get rid of their PCOS symptoms?), but I don’t feel like I am there yet. We decided to take a break from actively trying till later on this year and just enjoy us. We kind of lost us during the treatments.
After all of this, we are giving ourselves till mid year to see how everything pans out. At that point we will decide if we are going to return to the specialist and start the fertility shots or if we want to move on to adoption.
Are you going/have gone through fertility treatments? What were your experiences? Let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!
I will be updating this thread as things unfold for us.
12% of couples struggle with infertility. If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone! Don’t suffer in silence, let’s connect. I know that without the love and support of my husband, family, and friends I would have gone postal by now.