Alana Hunt of Essex did not have a period for two years after she stopped taking her contraceptive drug Microgynon. she was diagnosed with pills-induced Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
A mother-to-be celebrates her miraculous pregnancy following the birth control that left her infertile.
Alana Hunt did not have a period for two years following her removal from the contraceptive Pill Microgynon.
Then, she was diagnosed with pill-induced Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
The fertility medication she received was. However, it took her an additional 24 months to become pregnant.
Alana, 24, from Essex, is having her first son together with her fiancé Jack Costin, 26.
She explained: “I started taking the medication because I was experiencing bleeding three times each cycle, becoming anemic.
“It reduced my menstrual cycle and was a great solution at the time.
“I didn’t realize that it would take this long to have them return after I had stopped taking the pill or that it would take another two years until I could be a healthy mother.
“I would like people to keep in mind that stories like mine are rare, and stories like this rarely happen.
“Most often birth control isn’t always the source of the problem however it can make already existing issues that you’re unaware of much worse and more difficult to control.”
Alana is now urging individuals to research to determine if they might be adversely affected.
She added: “Make sure you do lots of your investigation – do not just take the first option suggested to you.
“Go to the one that you feel is right for you. And remember that you’re able to alter your mind after you’ve begun.”
Alana, a professional in marketing, began taking the pill at 15, after a year of menstrual irregularities.
She ended her treatment five years later, in 2018, as she believed it had impacted her mental health.
When Alana was twenty, she knew she wasn’t yet ready to have children; however, she knew she would like to become a mother in the future.
She became concerned that her menstrual cycles were not coming back.
In January 2020, she visited a doctor after having no menstrual cycle for two months.
Alana was diagnosed with pill-induced PCOS and was prescribed metformin and inositol supplements (a diabetes drug found to ease PCOS symptoms) and a seven-day course of norethisterone to induce the onset of menstrual.
On October 10, 2020, she became pregnant but failed to conceive.
Following more therapy, Alana fell pregnant on New Year’s Eve, 2021.
She is now four months pregnant. The scans reveal that her unborn child is healthy.
Alana said: “I feel immensely blessed and thankful to be expecting because there were times when I didn’t think that we’d reach this point.
“However, I’ve been nervous. Being infertile and experiencing loss of pregnancy meant that I was sure that the worst would happen when I did become pregnant.
“In the early stages of pregnancy, I’d do an exam almost every day and then examine the lines compared to the day before to see if it was getting darker.
“I was scanned at weeks 6, 8, 10, and 12, and I didn’t look forward to them.
“I felt guilty at the moment, but I was worried in my mind that I could receive bad news.
“The anxiety eases as time passes. This pregnancy went smoothly, and I’ve never encountered a single problem or reason to be concerned, yet the worry doesn’t disappear.
“But I am so excited to welcome this baby. Everything we’ve gone through is definitely worth it.”