I'm posting this for 2 reasons - to vent - and to hopefully get insight from those familiar with PCOS. Sorry for the long post, but bear with me...
So I had a son in 2008. I was told I had to pick a birth control which they'd administer to me or write a prescription for on discharge day. After asking many questions (with incorrect answers from the nurse) I chose the depo shot, because of my fear of forgetting a daily pill. I would have never chosen it had I known what it does to your body and fertility.
So for the next 2 and a half years my body mimicked pregnancy symptoms. I would get sore breasts, cramping, and spotting. Every single time I thought I was getting a period, I'd grab a tampon or pad to find that nothing else came after an initial bit of blood. 100 pregnancy tests later, always negative, I was so disappointed. I then started to figure a lot of it has to do with my weight. I was always heavier but I gained A LOT while pregnant and after having my son.
I was heavy (maybe a little smaller than now) as a teen. I lost a lot of weight (not sure how much but went from a 24 or 26 to a 12/14.) and then I got my first period. So since that was when I was 15, I'm starting to think it had less to do with being a late bloomer and more to do with my weight.
So the past year I haven't really had anymore pregnancy like symptoms. Until recently - I have had moving sensations in my stomach, headaches the same time of day for a week straight, light cramping. Because of the movements I thought maybe I got pregnant during one of the recent times I lost a little weight, and I ovulated once before gaining weight back. Just took a pregnancy test - and yet another negative. It never stings less even when you've seen it a million times.
I mean realistically, I want to be healthy before another pregnancy. I know I should lose weight first and significantly reduce complications. But for those couple days I really did get my hopes up, and its so disappointing when you know you're not any closer to having a baby.
Okay so let me start this other part by saying I have not seen a GYN at all. I know, I know - I should. Something always came up. My fiance and I are not married and I never had benefits until my most recent job. Just as I set up an appointment for the next month (soonest they could take me) I lost my job an d insurance before that date. Financially we're stable on my fiance's income, but the cheapest GYN I could find for just a standard appointment (even though I know biopsies and whatever else will be done) was $150. So I just haven't gotten around to it, and we just moved out of state as well.
Anyways the reasons I think I may have PCOS - Persistent facial hair on my chin - stubbly and thick. I have to pluck everyday (so embarrassing). I'm in the morbidly obese category. I get sharp pains in my sides. I had an ER visit 2 years ago from rectal bleeding and when they sonogrammed my stomach, a large cyst was on one of my ovaries. I haven't had a period in 4+ years. I know you all aren't doctors but just wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar. And if not, thank you so much for listening (reading) it is so nice to vent. I keep all of this inside because its embarrassing and I don't want to worry family and friends.