Thursday, June 18, 2009

Finally an explanation!

I am now so grateful for the decision I made to call another doctor and to get a second opinion!!!! I am amazed right now with Dr. S! The first thing he did was an ultrasound, where he found that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Which explains why I have crazy cycles, don't ovulate and when I do ovulate I don't get pregnant! Here is a simple explanation: "The ovaries are two small organs, one on each side of a woman's uterus. A woman's ovaries have follicles, which are tiny sacs filled with liquid that hold the eggs. These sacs also are called cysts. Each month about 20 eggs start to mature, but usually only one matures fully. As this one egg grows, the follicle accumulates fluid in it. When that egg matures, the follicle breaks open to release it. The egg then travels through the fallopian tube for fertilization. When the single egg leaves the follicle, ovulation takes place.

"In women with PCOS, the ovary doesn't make all of the hormones it needs for any of the eggs to fully mature. Follicles may start to grow and build up fluid. But no one follicle becomes large enough. Instead, some follicles may remain as cysts. Since no follicle becomes large enough and no egg matures or is released, ovulation does not occur and the hormone progesterone is not made. Without progesterone, a woman's menstrual cycle is irregular or absent. Plus, the cysts make male hormones, which also prevent ovulation."

I was crazy laying there and seeing exactly like this picture!

Oh my heck, it totally makes sense and I can NOT believe Dr. G never checked for it! Dr. S also did a biopsy, and then attempted to do something else, but it was too painful. Because it was so painful and he couldn't do it he decided to do a D&C in a few weeks! Man, I'm still in so much pain, I want to sleep the rest of the day! Now what is a D&C "Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure in which the cervix of the uterus is expanded (dilated) so that the uterine lining (endometrium) can be removed with a spoon-shaped instrument called a curet or curette. The procedure is performed for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, this surgery is done in order to help determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding." Dr. G was going to be one a few years ago, but he got the bleeding to stop, so he never did. It's sad that I'm actually excited to have it done! Either it will do nothing or it could greatly help me!


Savannah said...

What a great way to describe PCOS. I know I have it, but I've never known how to quite explain it. Thanks for the info.!

Baby's Mama said...

I'm so happy that you are finally getting answers!
Good luck with everything- you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

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