PCOS and nervous. Share stories?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Having PCOS is totally not a death sentence for your fertility, and there are some studies that actually suggest women with PCOS are fertile longer/later in life than women who don’t have it. 

I’m 33 now and was diagnosed with PCOS in my early twenties. We started TTC at 32 – I got pregnant the first try, though it ended in miscarriage due to a chromosomal problem. (Not PCOS related.) During that process, I gained a lot of weight, and we had a more difficult time on our second round of TTC, but last month I made an effort to eat better and exercise, lost six pounds… And got pregnant. 

When I was your age, I got my period once or twice a year. I went on the pill until I was 32, and I started taking Metformin and lost about 45 lbs before our first try at TTC. Getting older actually seems to make things easier for many women with PCOS, so there really isn’t a rush. Work on losing weight in a slow and healthy manner, talk to your doctor about Metformin (and possibly going on the pill and/or spirinolactone to deal with the symptoms of PCOS) and don’t worry! You have plenty, plenty, plenty of time. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

cautiously3optimistic: I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2.5 years ago. I was on BC for ten years (16-27) and went off right after I got married. Not tyring to get pregnant then but wanting to try no hormones. Didn’t get my period for 6 months. Went to Dr and US confirmed “cysts” on my ovaries. Went back on the pill until January of this year when we decided to start TTC. No period by March so went to Dr and he gave me progesterone to induce and then I did a cycle of clomid (whihc I hated!). Nada. So I did nothing for a few months and neded up getting pregnant in June on my own.

So to answer your questions:

How long did we TTC: 6 months

Started TTC age: 30

Medical intervention: none for the actual pregnancy

When to strat: When you’re ready!

Honestly, start TTC when you’re ready. All my Dr advised was I not push it past 35. And most women with PCOS do end up pregnant, it can just take longer and require meds.

And if it matters – my sysmptoms of PCOS weren’t as bad as some: I have a BMI of 25 (5’4 and 148lbs) and only a bit of extra body hair. So maybe my homone variance is a bit less severe.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

cautiously3optimistic:  Diagnosed with PCOS at 13/14. Had irregular cycles and very painful when they came around. U/S confirmed multiple cysts on both ovaries, right ovary being the worst/had the most. Went on BC for 14 Years. Birth control worked awesome. All symptoms gone.  Came off BC one year ago. TTC, but no luck. Most cycles I do not ovulate. Pain was back now during cycles. Used to be just around that time, but now extend all month. Doctor agrees I will need medication to help get pregnant.

Also… Thought I was pregnant some months due to the symptoms I was experiencing. To my surprise, (some) ovarian cysts cause those same symtpoms that you can see in pregnancy. Even more confusing when period is late/absent. Cry just about every month, if not from physcial pain, from emotional pain. 

I hate dealing with this. I also hate the fact that many doctors just push it off as “things will get better.” Ummm… No. Not all cysts dissolve. Some grow and cause pain and rupture. make sure to find a good doctor who will listen to you and your needs!

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