Do i have PCOS? diagnosis without major symptoms?
A little over 5 months ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. It is now starting to worry me as I am TTC for baby #1. Through research, I have noticed a few things don’t make sense. Below, I explain.
1) my hormone levels were all normal including my thyroid. 2) ultrasound didn’t show any cysts. 3) I am NOT insulin resistant. However, I DO have the following: extra follicles in my ovaries and hair loss but both can be explained. 1) I missed three periods due to stress (never happened before in my life. Always had a pretty regular cycle. Got periods since 12/13 years old) and my ultrasound was taken during that time. Could that cause a confusion within my ovaries and not make one dominant follicle? 2) I’ve done much damage to my hair including dying, bleaching, blow drying, stripping, harsh combing, etc. So that could explain why my hair falls out in the shower and when I brush it (not huge clumps nor matches male pattern baldness).
I also have a period every month (since June) and they have been 29 days apart. Is it true that you ovulate with each cycle or is that a myth? Please, someone clear that up for me. I don’t have a lot cm throughout my cycles and I don’t chart my temperature. So, I’m not 100% sure if I’ve been ovulating. However, I DO get mild-light cramps a week after my period. Could that be ovulation cramps? In addition, I’ve maintained a steady weight all my life (been 102-106lbs since I was 14. I’ve been 5’1″ ever since. I’m now, 20).
Also, PCOS and infertility does NOT run in my family, ask read that it is hereditary. Every woman in my family conceived with ease.
So, could this be a misdiagnosis or does it sound like I have PCOS?
Could that cause a confusion within my ovaries and not make one dominant follicle?: In every healthy cycle, a handful or two of follicles start to mature together. These follicles are in a “survival of the fittest” race. The first one to get mature enough will be the one that gets released (sometimes the runner-up manages to be released too, leading to fraternal twins). The others will be killed by progesterone produced by the winning follicle after it releases its egg. What this means is that at different points during your cycle, you will see different things on the ultrasound. If you’re close to ovulating, there should be a dominant follicle. If you’re nearing ovulation but too close yet, then there should be several maturing follicles with no one dominating. And it’s also possible to see no maturing follicles at all, particularly if it was during a long anovulatory cycle like you said.
Is it true that you ovulate with each cycle or is that a myth?: Ovulation causes your period to follow. So if you have no period, you are definitely not ovulating. HOWEVER, it is possible to bleed due to OTHER hormone fluctuations that are not caused by ovulation. So if you’re not ovulating, it’s still possible to experience period-type bleeding, even on a regular schedule. The time to look for possible ovulation symptoms, though, has nothing to do with when your period ends. Instead, just keep track of these “mild-light cramps” next time they happen. If your NEXT period comes about 12-16 days later, then it may be an ovulation symptom.
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