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“One Ob-Gyn Diagnosed Me with PCOS. Another Ob-Gyn Said I Didn’t Have It”

Ive always experienced random bouts of bloating. Im a personal trainer and nutritionist. I know its not normal for a 25-year-old girl to be walking around looking like shes six months pregnant after eating. I went to many doctors who would do a basic test panel and tell me everythings fine. I asked one doctor who specialized in women’s hormone health for an ultrasound, and she said, No, all your testing is normal. She made me fill out a mental health questionnaire. Then, one ob-gyn diagnosed me with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Another ob-gyn said I didnt have it. At that point, I was very confused.Id been married for about three years when I decided to go to a fertility clinic. I didnt even know if I wanted kids. I just wanted to know if I did have PCOS and if it would affect my chances of having children. At the fertility clinic, they asked if I wanted an ultrasound of my ovaries, which Id never been offered before. As soon as they did it, they asked if I knew I had cysts growing on my ovaries. They said one ovary had a 12-centimetre cyst and the other a 10-centimetre cyst. Each ovary is only around two centimetres.(Related: Here are the silent signs you may have polycystic ovary syndrome)They said I would need a minor laparoscopic surgery. If I got pregnant with those cysts, it would be a big complication. They said there was no rush, so I went on vacation and had my phone off for a couple of weeks. When I turned my phone on at the airport, there was a message to call the clinic immediately about test results. They said the cysts might be cancerous. And if a cyst burst, I could lose my ovaries completely. I went to the surgeon and was put on an eight-month wait-listwith these potentially cancerous cysts on my ovaries.I have a very active job, for which I use my body every single day. I was told not only that any movement could cause these cysts to burst, but also that nothing needed to be done immediately.(Related: One woman shares what she learned about how heart disease affects women differently than men.)I started to have bad pressure and pain; I couldnt sleep through the night. Id wake up to pee every hour because everything was just pushed so hard in my stomach. About a month after I saw the surgeon, I went to an ER. They put me on painkillers and said they were going to do emergency surgery. I had suffered some trauma to my ovaries from ovarian torsion. They rushed me into surgery and saved my ovaries. But my menstrual cycle never came back. So I ended up back at the fertility clinic. They said if I wanted to have a kid, I needed to start trying now. We ended up going the IVF route. I went from being a healthy 25-year-old who didnt know if she wanted kids to pushing for IVF right at 27. That was three years ago. Im finally 15 weeks pregnant.Its been a really hard couple of years. Its something I havent been able to open up to anyone about. But by sharing my story, I hope more people can start to take the initiative when they know something is wrong. Dont trust what other people say about your body. You know it best.Next: One woman shares her story on living with endometriosis.

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