On Sunday 17th January 2021, at 1.15am, I woke up to feel my waters had broken. I was 35 weeks pregnant, was supposed to have another week left in work and was completely unprepared to go into labour.
In June, I'd been feeling dizzy with stomach cramps and extreme fatigue. I pretty much always feel sick and tired, so this wasn't anything unusual, but the cramps without the period were getting getting pretty annoying after a few days.
I have suspected I have polycystic ovary syndrome for just under a year. I knew my periods were never normal, as a teenager. I had heavy periods, too often. When I stopped taking the pill, due to a suspected mini stroke, I thought my body was going to spring back to having a heavy period every fortnight..
I got a letter in the post explaining that I would need to prepare myself by drinking two litres of water one hour before the scan and a description of what would happen at part of the scan - a small 'wand', called a transducer, is placed a couple of inches inside your vagina to get a better picture of your insides. The procedure is painless and lasts around five minutes.
228 days after I stopped the pill, I had my first real period in 10 years, 207 days longer than a usual cycle.