I experienced irregular periods and my doctors said it was because I suffered from mild PCOS. Other than that, everything is perfectly fine with my husband and me when it comes to planning a family.
I was put on a regime of 50 mg Clomoid treatment for 3 cycles. During that time, I got my periods regularly between 29 to 31 days. Later, my doctors asked me to go for rubella vaccination and during vaccination they asked me not to take Clomoid.
After the vaccination, I was once again put on Clomoid. During the 4th cycle, I got my periods exactly on the 30th day. Now, I am on my 5th cycle. My due date for period has already passed but my menstrual cycle has not yet begun. I have conducted pregnancy tests thrice during this period, but the results have been negative. I am really confused about what is going on. Can you please shed some light on this?
I am sure your doctor would have explained what Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is when your condition was diagnosed. In case you are unclear about it, let me quickly run through it for you. PCOS, which is also called PCOD, causes female fertility issues because ovulation (the process where the egg is released) does not take place as regularly as it should. It is also characterised by the presence of small cystic structures in the ovaries. This can cause irregular periods or abnormal bleeding, which simply denotes inappropriate ovulation, a condition that is medically called anovulation.
To avoid ovulation problems caused by PCOS, doctors prescribe Clomid, an oral medication. This treatment regularises ovulation in women by increasing egg production in their ovaries, as you have noticed in the four cycles that you have taken the medication for.
Since you are worried that your fifth menstrual cycle has not begun yet, you need to first address the issue of irregular periods before you contemplate a family. You can contact your gynaecologist or seek an expert healthcare institution like Cloudnine Hospitals that specialises in these kinds of gynaecological issues to investigate your overall health. Sometimes, conditions other than PCOS, like abnormalities of the adrenal, pituitary or thyroid glands can also impact ovulation and fertility. Your estrogen levels will also have to be checked to see if it is normal or any intervention is needed to normalize it.
Once the results are in, your doctor will suggest the right treatment for your regularizing your periods and also guide you on how to plan your pregnancy. You might be asked to take folic acid supplements to safeguard your baby, in case you conceive and are unaware of it.
The good news is that a high number of women suffering from PCOS have managed to become pregnant and have healthy babies, as long as they followed the treatment suggested by their healthcare practitioner correctly. Just maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid stress and adhere to your doctor’s advice.