13 de May, 2022

I had my pregnancy with a polycystic ovary at age 36

Fernanda achieved her pregnancy with polycystic ovary disease by undergoing a multi-cycle In Vitro fertilization treatment. She belongs to the 6 to 10 percent of mexican women of reproductive age who live with this disease, and here she tells you her story.

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

There are several conditions that can affect a woman's reproductive health, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one of them, and it is one of the main causes of infertility and problems conceiving a baby.

This disease is related to changes in hormone levels (androgens, estrogens and progesterone), which hinder the function of the ovaries to release mature eggs in each menstrual cycle.

As a result, a woman may experience some of the following symptoms: 

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Infertility
  • Skin problems such as acne and increased hair growth 
  • Growth of small cysts on the ovaries

Although there is still no known cause for the hormonal changes that cause polycystic ovary syndrome, treatment has been evolving so that it is no longer an impediment to the desires of thousands of women seeking to have a child, as demonstrated by the case of Fernanda, who shares her story below.

We are not alone! 

Fernanda and Regina - Ingenes babies

"We are millions of women going through this, struggling to become mothers. Hold on! Even if it's just one chance you get. My husband wanted to be a dad from the beginning, but I wanted to take it easy. When I was ready we stopped taking care of each other for 2 years and my pregnancy wasn't happening, we had to go to the doctor.

I have polycystic ovary and I was 36 years old, but I never thought that there were so many of us with problems getting pregnant and it is important to talk about it, to stop the taboo that surrounds it because many of us are going through it, we must talk about it and support each other.

The start of my treatment 

When we came to the fertility clinic, they told us that there were possibilities, that I could have my pregnancy with polycystic ovary and that I could be a mother living with that problem, that changed everything.

My treatment consisted of ovarian stimulation and then the implantation of my embryos through different IVF cycles. In my first IVF there were three embryos, but my hormone was very low, and although we were prepared for the possibility that it would not work, it was very painful when my positive result did not happen.

On my 2nd attempt my level went through the roof, we were sure it was two babies, and the truth is that we always wanted it to be two. From my transfer it was an unforgettable experience, I felt a giant peace, a lot of joy, and when I heard their hearts in the ultrasound... that just marks you.

Fernanda, Regina with mommy and daddy on their first birthday - Ingenes family

All our hopes were pinned on my pregnancy with polycystic ovary, the world was still spinning, but my priority was my two babies. 

I had a couple of bleeds, but my doctors were there 24 hours a day, kept me calm and followed up with medication, calls and consultations all the time, which was very important to me.

I was very anxious at the caesarean section, but as soon as they brought them to me and said everything was fine, I felt an immense peace, something magical!

My two little stars have arrived, don't let your dream slip away!

They will be 2 years old in July and it is impressive to see how different they are, Fernanda has a more dominant character and Regina is very noble, they look for each other very much and they are the perfect companion. 

I let my pregnancy with polycystic ovary disease go by for a while, but when I decided I wanted to become a mum I sought help. You have to let yourself go, go through each stage hand in hand with people who know, let them help you!

Be a mother when you decide, stick to it! Because there are millions of women thinking that we are not going to be mothers, and of course you can do it! Do it with confidence and feel free, don't feel pressure from society or anyone else, you are here because you want to be a mum, enjoy it and handle it in the best way possible, in your own way and on your own terms.

My daughters are the best decision I have ever made, I am absolutely sure of that, I love them with all my heart and they are the reason for my joy every day.

Fernanda and her husband celebrating the first Christmas with their little ones - Ingenes family

Do you want to get pregnant with polycystic ovary disease but haven't managed to do so yet?

Did you identify with this story? If you have polycystic ovary disease, you should know that the rate of successful pregnancies for women living with this condition is very high, but it is important that treatment and pregnancy is guided by a team of fertility specialists.

If you are experiencing any problems with your reproductive health, we want to tell you that you are not alone and today there are multiple alternatives to help you achieve your dream of becoming a mother, with the support of an assisted reproduction treatment, which is 100% personalized, according to your history and previous attempts .

At Ingenes, we havean Initial program that aims to assess your complete reproductive health and identify the best treatment option according to your condition and the way your body has reacted to it, a unique program for each patient, to give you the best chance of getting your Star out of the Sky. 

Schedule your Initial Program here and let us be right next to you on this journey, so that together we can bring your baby home.

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