PCOS with Insulin Resistance: Olivia’s Story [SUCCESS]

July 29, 2019

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Today’s success story is about a woman named Olivia. She is a 28-year-old banking retention specialist who enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her family. After almost a year of trying to conceive, her OB/GYN ran some tests and diagnosed her with PCOS. Following a few unsuccessful cycles while on metformin, they decided to try medicated timed intercourse. Surprisingly, it took only three cycles of this before she became pregnant with her daughter. Following the birth and after they were cleared to begin trying again, her cycles remained irregular and difficult to track. When they inquired about pursuing treatments again, she was told she weighed too much and the doctor refused to move forward. Join us to hear how Olivia decided to lose weight over the next six months with the goal of returning to treatments but discovered she was spontaneously pregnant with baby number two just a month later.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Olivia was an anxious control freak who’d never really wanted anything that she couldn’t achieve
  • How she met her husband in college when they had a class together
  • As a couple, they are “made for each other,” work well together, and enjoy the same things
  • How Olivia didn’t think she wanted kids for several years, but that changed when she met her husband
  • When they married young, they started saving for a house, and she looked for jobs with good benefits to prepare for motherhood
  • When they started trying to conceive, she had irregular cycles and no predictable ovulation
  • She saw her Ob-gyn, who ran tests and diagnosed Olivia with PCOS and prediabetes
  • She took metformin and tried for several months before moving to medicated timed intercourse
  • Olivia was pregnant on the 3rd cycle, and their daughter, Florence, was born in October 2017
  • At her postpartum check, Olivia was cleared to begin trying again as soon as they were ready
  • When her cycle returned, it was still irregular, but she suspected a pregnancy about a year later, but bloodwork showed it was most likely a chemical pregnancy
  • When she saw her Ob for a checkup and asked about further treatment, he said she was too overweight and refused to treat her; he recommended weight loss surgery and said she was selfish for wanting another baby
  • Olivia focused on nutrition and exercise but found out she was spontaneously pregnant just a few weeks later
  • Why she left the first Ob practice and went with a new doctor with this 2nd pregnancy
  • How Olivia felt about the bias shown to her because of her weight
  • How doctors should change their approach to women who are overweight and battling infertility
  • The survivor’s guilt Olivia experienced with her first pregnancy, and how she felt like she didn’t fit in with either side of the problem
  • Her initial reaction to the PCOS diagnosis, and why she was not surprised, but relieved
  • The lowest point for Olivia was the first medicated cycle that failed
  • The sweet time she shared with her husband when they discussed the possibility that they might never have kids
  • How Olivia told her boss about her treatment and her scheduling needs at work
  • Olivia’s tip: “Share as much as much as you feel comfortable with your boss and deal with your HR department if you have to.”
  • How her relationship with her husband has grown stronger and closer through this “shared heart experience”
  • How relationships with friends and family have improved in some ways, growing closer with some, but needing to establish boundaries with others
  • Olivia’s tip for self-advocacy: “You are the world’s leading expert on you and your body, so speak up when you need to, and ask questions when necessary.”
  • How infertility has changed Olivia: “It’s made me a more empathetic person. I used to say insensitive things that I didn’t realize were hurtful. I’m less of a control freak now and try to roll with the punches more.”
  • Olivia’s advice to her past self: “There is a reason for all of this, and it’s your reason to find out. Don’t put your life on hold, but enjoy all the things that are there for you. Your life will be beautiful.”

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