Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Just another hot and humid day

I was so excited to get back to running yesterday. I did 3.5 miles and it felt amazing!! It was pretty hot and humid out there and today it's supposed to be even worse...I'll definitely be wearing my hydration belt.

On a completely non-weight loss related note, my sister found out yesterday that she has Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). She's been trying to get pregnant for about a year now and when she went off her birth control, she wasn't getting her periods anymore. Anyways, long story but she wasn't ovulating and they are now doing a bunch of tests to figure out why she isn't ovulating. Yesterday during her ultrasound they found a "pearl necklace"--cysts on her ovaries in a big circle. She seemed upbeat yesterday when I talked to her...I think she's glad to finally know what exactly is wrong. They're still running more tests before they come up with a plan of how to get her pregnant. I was doing some reading yesterday about PCOS and since my sister has PCOS, I'm 50% more likely to have PCOS as well. Not that I'm trying to get pregnant at all right now and I'm not sure I even want kids but I want to at least have the option available to me if I do decide to have kids. Anyways, that's putting the cart miles ahead of the horse. PCOS is caused by hormone imbalances and women with PCOS tend to have a hard time losing weight. This makes me wonder about how hard it's been for me to lose weight over the last few months. I haven't been perfect eating and exercise wise but even when I'm near perfect, the weight seems to stick around. Another symptom of PCOS is depression and I had a flare up of my depression a few months ago. Definitely some concerns I'm going to bring up with my gyno in mid-August when I go in for my annual appointment.

6 comments:

Lynn said...

PCOS is one of the most common reasons women have fertility issues. I was diagnosed when I was 14 years old and am crossing my fingers that once I am down to a healthy weight I can get pregnant without any problems. I've done a lot of reading on the condition and it seems the healthier weight you are the easier it is to get pregnant (although having PCOS makes it harder to lose weight, go figure!) There are tons of good books out there on the subject, I wish you sister best of luck.

Jen said...

DEFINITELY bring this up at your next appointment...the thought of not being able to conceive is terrifying to me...I had some issues in the reproductive area when I was younger and I had a miscarriage when I was 21...I refuse to even try until I am at a healthy weight (my doctors told me my weight could have played a HUGE role)...I hope for your sake that you don't have it...and if you do, that Lynn is right and that the healthier you are, the higher chance you have!

I am so sorry to hear about your sister though! I hope she is okay!

Jenn said...

I don't know very much about the subject, but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for the trouble your sister has been having. My best friend is in a similar situation, and its really hard to watch someone struggle like that. I hope that you don't have it as well.

Sara said...

Definitely a great idea to talk to your gyno about it. Even just to know!

Good for you for getting in your run, I stuck to indoor workouts b/c I'm a suck!

SeaBreeze said...

Yay for getting back to running. Thanks for your comment. A plan definetly makes me feel more grounded, even if thinks are still shaky.

Pinky said...

You should definately bring this issue up with your gyno. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2002, in 2006 I had a procedure done and endometriosis was found. It is important to keep on top of your womanly issues. Good luck to your sister, I know a few women who have been struggling to get pregnant.