It’s been a while since I have shared my PCOS journey. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 19 years old (a year after I started dating Dave). They used a blood test (hormone test) and my irregular periods to diagnose me.
I was young. I was in a brand new relationship. I was essentially put on birth control and told not to worry about it.
Fast forward to my late twenties. Seeking answers, I went to RMANJ where they ran some tests and essentially told me “everything looks fine, come back when you are trying or want to freeze your eggs”. Nothing was explained to me about my PCOS or what my personal prospects would be of getting pregnant. Understandably, they deal with women who are actively getting fertility treatments and since I wasn’t actually trying (and failing) to get pregnant I wasn’t of much concern to them.
Fast forward again, to a few months ago. An ad for KindBody, a Fertility and Family Building Center FOR ALL right here in Princeton popped up on my phone. Maybe this would be my place! Maybe they would be able to give me answers.
When I walked in, I was amazed by the chic, feminine decor. The entry way and waiting room are literally Instagram worthy. So welcoming, so fun, and so youthful. Leaps and bounds from my sterile doctors offices.
I was greeted by Dr. Aimee who was sweet, friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable. She explained to me what we would be doing: a vaginal ultrasound, a discussion about what we saw and my questions, and then I would do another hormonal test.
Not only were all of my results good, like I had previously been told at RMANJ, but Dr. Aimee took the time explain to me why they were good. She even wrote things down for me in a booklet I was able to take home. She explained what my steps will be when I do decide to start trying. And she even explained what someone with PCOS will have to think about after they are done having children. She immediately made me feel at ease about my diagnosis, and my future fertility journey.
Dr. Amy also graciously took the time out to answer some of the questions you guys told me you would like to know the answers to! I know as millennial women, a lot of us have questions about our fertility.
1. Is it true that age 35 your chances of getting pregnant naturally reduce drastically?
The short answer is yes, but women can still get pregnant for many years beyond the age of 35.
2. If I’m not trying currently, but want to make sure I have the best chance of success in a few years, what are some things I can start doing now?
Invest in your health. Pay attention to your cholesterol and weight. Make positive changes to your diet and exercise.
3. What is an FSH level and an LH level?
LH and FSH are the hormones that encourage ovulation. Both LH and FSH are secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain.
4. If you’re trying and not having success, when is a good time to go see your doctor?
Give it 6-12 months. The textbook answer is 12 months, but if you have PCOS or other reproductive concerns, or just want to start addressing the issue earlier you can go in earlier than 12 months.
There’s also a super helpful FAQ on their website.
Still have questions? Curious about your own reproductive health? Actively trying to get pregnant and having trouble? Book a Fertility Assessment Appointment at KindBody today! Use my code AYZIA100 for $100 off your appointment.
KindBody has locations in many cities, including Princeton, NJ!