PCOS

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

oliviakatherine:  I have PCOS. My periods were so irregular, I would go months and months between cycles. I saw a doctor and they diagnosed me with PCOS in 2009. I was devastated because I knew that would limit my chances to get pregnant. There was talk of putting me on Metformin and Clomid, but I decided I wanted to try a different route first.

I went on a strict vegan diet, drank water like it was going out of style, and exercised moderately. My cycles became much more regular. I lost 40lbs in a year and finally got pregnant. My son is almost 2 years old now and he is healthy and beautiful. I’m not saying my solution is something I recommend for you personally, but it worked for me.

Never ever give up!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

oliviakatherine:  Have you considered other natural “helpers”?

I have PCOS, but I must ovulate because I got pregnant with no help.

I have read that many women who have struggled with PCOS and TTC have turned towards dietary changes, yeast fighters and other changes.

Post # 4
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4944 posts
Honey bee

oliviakatherine:  I would like to send you some support and a big batch of internet hugs.

I got an official PCOS diagnosis only recently, so I can relate to what you’re going through.

I’ve been married for 16 years, so most of this is quite some time ago, just for frame of reference. DH and I tried for 4 years before finally getting pregnant. Back then, I didn’t know I had PCOS. I went to my gyn regularly and all, but it was never diagnosed. Anyhow, I just thought it was stress … life … whatever … that kept us from getting pregnant all those years, but now I know it was PCOS. My daughter just turned 11 in September. She is a great kid — happy and healthy. 

DH and I tried for about 9 or 10 years to have another baby. I really wanted two children, and so did he. Sadly, it never happened again for us. When my gyn finally diagnosed PCOS this year, it was like all the puzzle pieces clicked into place. I went back over all my history with him: how it took so long to get pregnant, how my body never went into labor, how I gained a ton of weight during pregnancy (in spite of being super careful of what I ate and still exercising). His exact comment was, “Yep. That all makes sense now. That’s all PCOS.” Ugh.

I’m in my mid 40s now. So I know for sure another child won’t happen for me. But (!!) I am so thankful for the one I have. IT IS POSSIBLE to get pregnant and have a healthy child even if you have PCOS. My best wishes to you and your DH through your upcoming surgery and through your continued attempts to get pregnant. I hope it will happen for you really soon. *hugs*

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

oliviakatherine:  Hey OP! So sorry about your diagnosis of PCOS. Good news is, you know your issue and some of the ways you can work to help you achieve pregnancy. Has your doctor talked to you about diet and exercise? Those 2 things have helped significantly with my symptoms of PCOS. They are almost completely managed by making sure I eat the right things and being active.

Although… I am not ovulating on my own. I was offered Clomid, but want to use that as my last resort for medication. I am going to start Vitex after this cycle. I heard Vitex, Femaprin and Soy Isoflavones have helped others in the past achieve pregnancy in a much more natural manner. Maybe that is something you can bring up to your doctor and discuss, see if it may work for you/would be safe.

Wishing you all the best during this confusing and often stressful time!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Without getting into the long explanation, the very best thing to do is to cut your carbs dramatically and increase your exercise. This will help with the insulin resistance which is the heart of the problem. It is definitely possible to get pregnant with PCOS; my sister has three children. Metformin is a very good drug for this condition but just remember it’s best not to drink while taking it due to effects on the liver.

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