I was told for 10 years I was infertile after suffering poly-cystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis.

I was told for 10 years I was infertile after suffering poly-cystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis. I went years of my married life not falling pregnant. After accepting that I will never have children I concentrated on other things. I suffered symptoms of my illnesses and decided to use Dianette and a female hormone to reduce the male hormone that was causing boils on my skin. Five and a half months later, I found myself pregnant! I was so shocked, I fainted. But it was not great news. The hormone pills I was taking causes high malformations to the baby. I couldn’t risk it. I was advised by three doctors to abort. Because I was so far pregnant I had to be in labour for five hours. They put me to sleep and removed my baby. That only took ten minutes. The abortion procedure has affected me, causing nightmares. You may ask how did I not know I was so pregnant? Well after years of periods being absent and irregular, that wasn’t a sign. My breasts hurt and I felt sick but they were also side effects of this new pill. It has greatly affected my life! Editor’s note: Thanks for sharing your story with us…It’s been a double loss for you, hasn’t it? First you had to accept the loss of your natural fertility and any dreams of having children, but then to fall pregnant and feel you have to terminate on account of the risks, is a profound second loss. To have to go through a late termination, too, is not easy and I wonder how you are coping. Bad dreams can sometimes be a way of processing or expressing pain at a deeper level if it’s not getting expressed on the surface. If you feel you need some support, you can contact your nearest centre, call the helpline just to talk, or use Online Advisor. We’ll be thinking of you.
This story was sent in on 12/11/2008

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