Whitney Way Thore shot to prominence in 2014 after a body-positive video of her dancing went viral. The dance number was so popular that in January 2015, TLC aired the first episode of the newfound star’s reality television show, “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”
Thore’s reality series chronicles the outspoken body-positivity activist’s life through all of its ups and downs. And recently, the showed touched on an issue affecting thousands of women: false pregnancy.
Thore suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal disorder that affects the ovaries, and doctors always told her it may be impossible to get pregnant.
So, when three home pregnancy tests showed up positive last year, Thore was elated.
— Whitney Way Thore (@whitneywaythore) January 25, 2017
Her ex-boyfriend, Lenny, the suspected father, quickly started prepping for parenthood by gathering baby clothes from family members and sharing the news.
But the joy was short-lived. When the doctor performed an ultrasound, there was no baby in sight. And on Tuesday, Thore was apologetic on Twitter:
I’m sorry we’re not celebrating a viable pregnancy right now. I’m thankful for your support. ? #MyBigFatFabLife
— Whitney Way Thore (@whitneywaythore) February 8, 2017
She told People that she took the news hard after getting her hopes up:
“I started thinking that maybe this was meant to be, because I’ve always been worried that I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant. So that’s what made it all the more traumatic.”
“Even though the doctor said that I was never pregnant, I thought that I was. So to find out that I wasn’t, after a week of thinking that I was, it felt like a loss, and I grieved it like a loss.”
Some may wonder what could have caused the three consecutive false positives, and likely the results could be attributed to Thore’s PCOS, which could have caused cysts on her ovaries to secrete pregnancy hormones.
Thore told People:
“With PCOS, there are so many unknowns. I mean, we still don’t know how to fix it. We don’t know why some women struggle with weight while other women don’t. If anything comes out of this, I hope it’s just that we need to keep fighting. It’s aggravating to not be able to understand your own body.”
But Thore certainly isn’t alone.
According to Health and Research Funding, women have a 9 percent chance of receiving false positives results from using home pregnancy tests. Women may get false positives for many reasons ranging from PCOS to defective pregnancy tests.
But ultimately, Thore hopes her experience can create a platform for women in similar situations to feel empowered about sharing their stories on the subject matter. She told People:
“It’ll be a big release to get it out in the open, and hopefully be an outlet for other women to talk about their experience. I hope it turns into something positive.”
Thore said she doesn’t have plans to rush into motherhood any time soon. For now, Thore is busy living a happy life.