Post # 1
Just looking for some experiences with ovarian cysts and possible PCOS. Especially when TTC.
Monday morning I had a drs appt to discuss an ultrasound I had a couple of weeks ago. Turns out that I have multiple cysts on both ovaries. My doctor said it does look like PCOS, but since I don’t have many other symptoms (no weight issues, hair growth, etc) he said there’s a “small chance” it’s something else. He’s not concerned about cancer.
I have to get blood work done, which is tough for me because I have a severe phobia of blood tests (ridiculous I know!) as well as another ultrasound in January and I have to start temping to figure out my cycle and see if I ovulate. I also have to get my stress levels under control (through the roof because of my job).
I’m pretty freaked out by all of this! I do have a lot of pain in my ovaries, I would say at least 3 times per day. And, I have pretty strong symptoms when I ovulate, or around the time that I’m supposed to ovulate. But I thought all of that was normal so I really wasn’t expecting anything being wrong.
Post # 3
@orchidaloha: I haven’t personally had PCOS. My best mate had PCOS, she didn’t know about it as she got rushed into hospital and had them removed, she had cysts on both ovaries. After six months, one cyst grew back on one side and in six months it had grown to be the size of a melon, as it had grown back the ovary was removed. She was TTC for a year and in January this year gave birth to a boy. Hope all goes well for you.
Post # 4
I went through a similar situation. I had an u/s back in July (because I was concerned about short, light periods) and it showed polycystic ovaries. My GP was quick to diagnose me with PCOS and put me on metformin. The diagnosis didn’t sit well with me and I began asking around. My old room mate is an obgyn and she said that PCOS is generally diagnosed with the Rotterdam criteria. The criteria states that you must have 2 of the following 3 things in order to diagnose PCOS : 1. Polycystic ovaries 2. Increased male hormones (androgens) and 3. Irregular periods (less than 3-9menses per year OR annovulation.
For me, only the polycystic ovaries were present. My hormone levels are normal and I have regular cycles. I have confirmed that I ovulate with temping for the last few months and this next cycle, I will do a post-ovulation progesterone draw to be absolutely sure.
Last week I saw my RE for the first time and she confirmed what my obgyn friend said. She said I do not have PCOS. In fact, she has no desire to even test any further. She said that polycystic ovaries occur in up to 25% of women who do not have PCOS.
You will learn a lot more about your cycles after you temp for couple months, but don’t freak out just yet. It may also help to use OPKs in conjunction with your temping. Good luck! 🙂