the second start

Today John and I went to an OB/GYN at the BigHMO in North County to get back on track with the whole baby thing.

A little backstory...I went off the pill in late 2005 when we decided to try to have a baby. I went a few months without getting my period; we thought we were pregnant. Turns out, we weren't. I just wasn't menstruating. So in May of '06, we visited ABC Reproductive Medicine to find out why.

The doctor ran some tests, and determined I have PCOS, which stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. From the Mayo Clinic site:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity, though it can affect women in a variety of ways.

The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is unknown, but the condition stems from a disruption in the monthly reproductive cycle. The name polycystic ovary syndrome comes from the appearance of the ovaries in some women with the disorder — large and studded with numerous cysts (polycystic).

Polycystic ovary syndrome affects about one in 10 women in the United States and is the leading cause of infertility in women. Early diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome can help reduce the risk of long-term complications, which include diabetes and heart disease.


Alphabet Doc wanted to run more tests, but I guess my body picked up on it because I started having a little spotting within days. I never went back to do the rest of the testing, because I figured I was fine.

Here we are, almost two years later, and no baby. So back to the starting line. Again. The BigHMO doctor - who was bespectacled, grey-haired, pony-tailed, and not-quite-100%-there in the room with us - was nice enough, though we'll call him Dr. Jerry Garcia so you can have a proper visual. To start fresh, he performed a PAP smear and a pregnancy test. The latter was negative, and we'll know the results for the former in a few days. I go tomorrow for a glucose tolerance check (I think that's what it's called) and some other tests.

He also wrote a prescription for Provera, which should kick start my period. At his advice, I'm putting off taking it until after our cruise in March, since he said I'll most likely have a heavy period.

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