Abortion Story #316: Having PCOS and Getting an Abortion

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The excerpt below is from Jamie’s experience. She shares about living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and realizing she had become unexpectedly pregnant. Opening up about her abortion, Jamie talks about being grateful. Read her complete personal story that was published by Self magazine.


“…I’d initially been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), almost a decade earlier, while I was in college. Aside from some frantic, post-appointment googling, I’d mostly ignored the disease, parsing my amenorrhea as a convenience.

I was used to my periods disappearing for months; sometimes, I’d go so long between them that my doctor would wrench one out of me with a course of progesterone pills. I’d never fully understood why, or bothered to look into it, until now….”

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