Early treatment saved this blogger’s fertility
32, is a blogger in Malaysia and the executive director of Colony, a co-working space in Kuala Lumpur. Her children, Jude and Penelope Tiah, are aged four and two respectively. “He thought we should start trying for a baby even before the wedding,” Audrey says with a laugh. Her husband, Timothy Tiah, co-founder of Colony, as well as Nuffnang and ChurpChurp, was initially concerned that they might have trouble starting a family due to PCOS.
It turned out that Audrey, who goes by the online moniker Fourfeetnine, is one of the luckier PCOS sufferers who didn’t face an infertility condition.
In an exclusive phone interview with Young Parents, she shares that they conceived their first child within six months of trying. About a year after she gave birth, she learnt that she was pregnant again.
Audrey believes she “got lucky” because she started treatment for PCOS early during her teenage years. At 17, a bout of unusually painful stomach cramps led her to a medical check-up where she was diagnosed with the condition. She also suffered from unusually short menstrual cycles.
The scans showed multiple cysts on her ovaries and blood tests revealed higher-than-normal levels of the male hormone testosterone. Audrey was later put on treatment, in the form of birth control pills, to regulate her menstrual cycle.
“I went for a check-up around the time we got married. The scans showed that the cysts seemed to have reduced over the years. I think the early treatment helped in my case,” she says.
New research suggests this could be true. In teenage girls with PCOS, early treatment may help prevent a drop in fertility in the future, according to a study from Spain presented in April 2017 at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Orlando.
“I know of many women (with PCOS) who have successfully conceived. With the right treatment, it’s possible to start a family,” Audrey says. “If you’ve been diagnosed, it’s important to get it treated properly early.”