Cramping, PCOS, TTC and other oddities :)

posted 2 years ago in TTC
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Bee Keeper

@mrsc630:  So, I just want to be sure that I am understanding everything. You think that you have PCOS because of your irregular cycles, and the cramping, or just the irregular cycles? Do you have any of the other symptoms? It is entirely a possibility…But I think that you are just regulating off of getting off the pill….since you are having shorter cycles in there too, not just irregular, long cycles.

I definitely think that you should pick up a copy of Taking Charge Of Your Fertility… Charting gives you a great picture of what your cycle is doing. For example, I knew that due to my temperature drop, my period was going to start. Sure enough, it did!!

Since you’ve already had your glucose tested, and they didn’t say that it was elevated, your doctors will probably not put you on Metformin (which is a drug used to treat glucose resistance in PCOS patients, which in turn enhances fertility), so I’m not sure what else a doctor could tell you…you know? I think that if you were to begin charting, you would have a much better idea of your cycle.

For me, my periods went like…27, 29, 31, 39, 26, etc days after coming off hormones. So it definitely could be that your body is just regulating!

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Bee Keeper

Oh and as far as the cramps go… I’m not sure… Personally, I think that once you are TTC, every symptom you have is amplified by like 5 million. You could have had cramps for several days before your period started all along but now that you are TTC you are noticing it. Also, I have cramps in the second part of my cycle (the luteal phase) often. Here is the link to my charts. If you look at the bottom of each chart, the colors have a legend showing which color is “cramps” and you can see I have them quite a bit. http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/totesmahgoats

Some women report it as a pregnancy symptom, others have it as a PMS symptom, so it could go either way! And it’s not exactly a common PCOS sign…so I don’t think you have to worry about it in that way!

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Oh and, last thing, I’m sorry about your painful saline u/s!!! =( NO fun!

 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

PCOS is determined by meeting 2 of the following criteria. 

1) oligo- or anovulation

2) clinical and/or biochemical signs of hyperandrogenism (acne, male pattern baldness, facial hair)

3) polycystic ovaries

 

Cramping and irregular periods are NOT diagnositc of PCOS. 

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@mrsc630:  I think that is great that you joined FF. I learned all I know about charting from FF… I think it will help you to get a good idea of what is going on with your body. I will say, however, the first 1-3 charts are not very helpful because you are still getting the technique down. People often get scared about LPD’s and anovulation, then their charts become more clear with time. Also, some doctors don’t believe in charting, so don’t let that discourage you. I was lucky, I found a doctor that was all for it and could read them.

Here are some threads about what people have been told at the conception counselling appointments:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/can-you-go-too-early-for-a-pre-conception-appointment

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/did-you-make-a-preconception-appointment

I would try not to worry about PCOS too much unless you have things that @cstarkwe said, that you aren’t ovulating (which you may or may not see right away even if you are ovulating in your charts), acne, are overweight, etc.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrsc630: I can’t believe your doctor ordered you an HSG when you are just starting TTC. My doctor mentioned to me that it was a possibility for me to get one if it took us longer than about 6 months to conceive and even then only if we suspected something was wrong. Those can be extremely painful (as you unfortunately found out) and aren’t something that is usually done for really no reason from my understanding. I just want to say I’m so sorry you had to go through that and I’m glad you switched doctors! 

I agree with PP that maybe you shouldn’t worry too much about PCOS just yet. Hopefully your cycles are just trying to get regulated after birth control and it can take a few cycles before you start ovulating again. I agree that charting is great and will be really helpful for you to see what your body is doing. Good luck to you!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mrsc630: 

I will give you my 2 cents. I’m not a physcian, but I will be working as a midlevel provider real soon. 

Women (and patients in general) get all internet crazy and try to figure out whats wrong with them. There is a reason why the doctor is a doctor. He/she went to med school and has lots of experience in his/her field. If your tests came back normal, they probably were normal. I find it hard to believe a practioner would lie to a patient straight up. 

Secondly, you JUST GOT OFF birth control. You’ve been on it for 10 years. Give your body some time to adjust. It’s quite normal for it to take a good 6 months before your periods start to become regular again. I wouldn’t get all crazed just because its been 35 days. 

I think its great that you are trying to take control of your health, but as a future health care provider it urks me when patients self diagnose themselves. A little bit of upper lip hair is not hirsutism, a prolong period… might just be a fluke… and if the US tech couldn’t see your ovaries… not a big deal. Ovaries are can be hard to see for many reasons, gas, obesity, naturally larger uterus. In fact, usually when you can’t see them… its a good thing. No large masses or CYSTs! 

Take a break from internet searching and relax. Being stressed out… can prolong your cycle too. I’m not trying to be mean or rude, but give you a persceptive from someone working in healthcare. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsMonty11:  

I don’t think she had a HSG… pretty sure it was a sonohysterography. But I agree with you.. kind of weird they ordered right away. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cstarkwe: Oh I see, I was thinking I had read that an HSG could be done with the dye or just a saline solution so that’s why it popped into my head. Maybe I got the two confused lol. But yeah, very weird to have ordered that right off the bat.

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