Early treat­ment saved this blog­ger’s fer­til­ity

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Au­drey Ooi,

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.”

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