Civil Engineer from Basaveshwara Engineering College, Bagalkot. And also a new writer.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a polycystic ovarian syndrome that usually occurs in women of reproductive age. Women suffering from PCOS may have prolonged periods or sometimes delayed and irregular periods.
Male hormone called androgen increases in the women's body due to PCOS.
There will be numerous liquid-filled follicles in the ovary which stops the eggs from ovulating and this further leads to infertility.
The reason for PCOS is unknown and early diagnosis might prevent the risk of getting affected by type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
My Experience of Suffering from PCOS
I have always had irregular periods for almost 10 years since the time I had reached puberty. It was very unusual that I got my periods once in 3-4 months and sometimes even once in 6 months. It was a horrible situation that every doctor I visited asked me to lose weight and make lifestyle changes.
I was put on medications for almost a year. Every time I took the medications, I got my periods. But when I stopped, it was the same thing. It was really hard for me to go through the pain. There were strong menstrual cramps every time I got my periods after such a long gap.
Once I had experienced very unusual bleeding almost after 10 days of my periods and it was so uncontrollable that I even fainted. Later, I was taken to the hospital where the doctor performed a scan to check my uterus. There it was detected that I had cysts in my ovaries which was the biggest cause of my unusual periods.
After the horrible incident that I experienced, I decided to go on diet to lose some weight. Even though after losing some weight, there was no difference in my health. There were many other problems such as unwanted hair growth on the body and face, problems in breathing, and hair loss.
After a month of my wedding, I started getting periods regularly for some months. I was relieved. But then it was a point in time that we were planning for a baby. But I was not able to conceive. And suddenly my periods stopped for almost 4 months. I was tested negative in the pregnancy kit. And later I started feeling very heavy and there was an unusual pain in the lower back every day. I decided to visit my doctor regarding this and after several check-ups, it was detected that I had big follicular cysts on both sides of my ovaries. I was put on some hormonal medications. I was asked to lose weight and to carry out rigorous exercises.
The doctor suggested me to go for laparoscopy surgery soon to avoid further complications.
What is Laparoscopy Surgery?
Laparoscopy surgery is also known as keyhole surgery. A small incision is made just below the navel. Then, a laparoscope is inserted. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a camera at its end that will be inserted through the incision made towards the ovaries. When the cysts are detected, two more incisions will be made at the place where the cysts lie. Surgical instruments are used to blast the cyst and the fluid in the cyst will be collected for further biopsy. After bursting the cysts, the incision made will be closed by stitches or staples. Pain killers will be given to reduce the pain. Later, the stitches will be removed after some days of recovery.
It is done at the minimum time of 20-30 mins and with minimum stitches. It is also done for several other causes such as uterus removal, hernia, family planning, gallbladder stones, appendix, and to remove fibroids.
My Experience of Laparoscopy Surgery
I was asked to come after a menstrual cycle. And I was after to come on an empty stomach without taking any food or even water for 8 hours prior to the surgery. It was a hectic day and I was too nervous. With no energy and dry throat, I was taken to a room where I was given the hospital gown and directly from there I was taken to the operation theatre. It was a weird experience since it was the first time I entered the operation theatre. The temperature there was so less that I started getting chills. Then, the nurse checked my BP. IV that supplies glucose to my body was connected to my hand and general anesthesia was given to a nerve. My head was so heavy and I lost consciousness.
That was 30 minutes of time that I had no consciousness. I got my consciousness when I was being shifted from the stretcher to the hospital bed. My eyes were heavy but I was happy that finally, the operation was over. Still, I was unable to open my eyes and spent two hours sleeping. I got up later and I started feeling that I will faint again. I omitted twice to get rid of the anesthesia in my body. It was after that I started feeling really good. I was asked to stay in the hospital for a day. And I was asked not to eat and drink anything for that entire particular day. And I walked the very next day of my operation. Then I was allowed to take liquids and solid food. The day after my operation, I was sent home with all the necessary medications of hormones, and pain killers. The doctor had given the follicular fluid for further investigations.
I had recovered well after 10 days of good rest and the stitches were removed. But it took almost a month to recover fully and then, my periods were normal.
Post Recovery of the Surgery
I was asked to lose weight and to eat nutritious food. And I was also asked to avoid junk food. I was advised to exercise regularly and walk every day for about 30-40 minutes. The lifestyle modification was so necessary for me to have a child and to maintain good health. It is better to take precautions than to go for the cure.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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