Post # 1
Our first “PCOS & TTC” board was such an overwhelming success with over 500 posts, that we decided to start a new board (so as not to discourage the tl;dr folks). You can start out by saying who you are, how long you’ve been TTC, and where you are in the process (recent diagnosis, 2nd round of Clomid, IUI, IVF, etc). Chart links from Fertility Friend are also very helpful for anyone who wants another opinion on their data.
We also very much welcome our preggo graduates, and would love their inspirational success stories and advice!
Read more of the first “PCOS & TTC” board here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pcos-ttc/#ixzz31bTp4hug
Post # 2
MsBelka31: Thanks for starting this!
Who: Lone Star, a 31 year-old attorney from (you guessed it) Texas
How Long: I went off BCP in August 2013
Progress: About to start my 2nd round of Clomid. First round of 50 mg was a failure.
Chart: I don’t keep a chart, because it just depressed me. 9 months without ovulating will do that to you!
Welcome to our old PCOS friends and any newbees who want to join us! I’ve found this board to be so helpful, as the TTC boards weren’t really for me since I’m not really TTC at the moment– I’m really just TTO (trying to ovulate) right now! One step at a time!
Post # 3
I’ll start: I’m 30, married 1 year, and TTC since Jan 2014. Diagnosed with PCOS in Feb 2014, after a 47 day AF cycle. You can see my chart, and feel free to friend list me, here . I’m taking Vitex and prenatals, but no other meds at the moment, as well as trying to eat right and exercise (sadly to no effect on the scale, my current frustration). On the bright side, my cycles are starting to normalize to 36 and 35 days, and it appears that I am ovulating on my own.
Post # 4
I’m 33, TTC since October 2013 with one MMC in January. On cycle 3 of trying again, second Clomid cycle. I was dx with PCOS in my early twenties, started taking Metformin in 2012 and have been having mostly regular, ovulatory cycles thanks to 2000 mg of Metformin. My cycles have gotten longer since the MC but it seems like I’m mostly ovulating on CD 16.
I’m on CD 18 today and SUPER frustrated. I think I ovulated on CD 16 this time but I’m not really sure. I usually get a big temp dip the day of ovulation followed by a spike to 97.1. This cycle, I got the dip then the 97.1, but today I woke up at 4 am, temped and got a 96.8. Went back to sleep, woke up at 8, temped again and got 97.8. WTF?!
Also, I’m having crazy ovulation pains and AF-like cramps, which started yesterday. It’s making me nervous that I didn’t actually ovulate on CD 16 and am gearing up to ovulate now – which would be pretty bad timing. (I thought I had already o’ed so I stopped harassing poor DH for sex.)
Argh. Stupid body!
Post # 5
Diagnosed: April 2014
TTC since: January-ish (NTNP)
Meds: 1 course progesterone to induce a period in April, followed by 1000mg Metformin. I can’t even say if it’s been a cycle or not yet because my period currently does not exist!
Other things I’m doing to help: Weight Watchers to bring my BMI down, and prenatals.
Backstory: I went off HBC in January 2014 to prepare to TTC. I had my primary care doctor do bloodwork in March because I had not gotten a period in two months. She wasn’t worried, but I was, so I requested bloodwork to check my hormone levels. She then referred me to a gynecologist because she suspected PCOS. I was pretty upset and worried at this point, so much so that I had my husband come with me to the next appointment!
My new doctor had me do 10 days of progesterone to induce my period. After that happened he diagnosed me with PCOS. I started 1000mg of Metformin about 3 weeks ago, so it is still early yet. I am meeting with him again in June to decide what to do based on how I respond to the metformin. He has been nothing but supportive and upbeat and is very reassuring that it’s not a death sentence and does not mean I’m infertile. I’m sure he can see how nervous I am about having trouble conceiving.
I decided that if it comes to it, I’m going for the Clomid. We wee not sure if we were really “trying” yet, but now that I have PCOS we want it more than ever. It’s possible that my body is still leveling out after 11 years of HBC, but if my doctor isn’t making me wait and see, I don’t want to.
ETA: I stopped temping and charting because it was becoming an obsession! No data made any sense to me. Even my CP seemed to change from day to day. Just doing OPKs after work (all neg).
Post # 6
Hoping the new thread brings lots of good luck to you wonderful ladies!
Post # 7
i’m 36, live in New Zealand (hence the morning) and got married on 5 April. I stopped bc in march and this is my third cycle since but I haven’t completed a full chart yet.
i was diagnosed at around 19 and have been on 1500 mg metformin for at least 5 years. I had my thyroid removed in 2006 so I also take thyroxin.
I’m currently on cd8 and I’m going to start opks today. I think i’m ovulating but it would be nice to be sure.
Post # 8
Ok here’s my deal:
- Dx with PCOS when I was 16 (30 y/o now)
- went off BC in Sept
- NTNP till Jan–thought ha, who am I kidding, I have long, irregular cycles and no idea if/when I O
- started charting in January and using OPKs
- had hormones checked (all good!) and a cyst on my right ovary removed in March
Stuff im shoving down my throat everyday:
- metformin 1500mg
Trying for the first time this cycle:
- Not testing early (ha yeah right, I have eleventy billion cheapies ready to be peed on)
Currently on CD13. My chart for your enjoyment!
Post # 9
Kabatchy2be: What is SMEP? I’ve never seen that acronym before. And what does vitex do? I’m thinking I should be doing more if I don’t get a period by my next appointment.
Post # 10
Hello Ladies, I followed the first thread but was hoping to God I wouldn’t have to join but well here I am!
Who: I’m 23, diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15 and was on birth control till June of last year. Since then I’ve been getting my period every two months or so and PCOS symptoms started showing up. I have a neck beard and gained twenty pounds since going off BC.
Docs and Drugs: I saw a new OBGYN today and I’ll be taking my first round of clomid whenever my period actually starts. He also got me started on prenatals. He also tested me for insulin resistance and will be putting me on metformin if it looks like I need it. I am pretty damn sure I am insulin resistant since I’ve gained 20lbs despite BARELY EATING ANYTHING, I SERIOUSLY EAT 1400 CALORIES A DAY!!! and the damn weight just keeps on coming.
Question for you ladies: What actually works to get the weight off if you are insulin resistant?
Post # 11
lilek22: Avoid carbs like the plague! The only thing that has worked for me so far is Paleo. I did the whole 30 (didn’t stick to it 100%) which is a 30 day “reset” where you don’t eat grains, dairy, sugar or legumes and lost 4 kg in about two weeks which is amazing for me. Any other diet does absolute zip for me.
Post # 12
odelly: SMEP = sperm meets egg plan. Quoting MsBelka31 from our previous thread: “You BD EOD post AF until your fertile time (OPK or CM confirmation) and then you BD ED two days, skip one, do it again. Drink a Gatorade, give yourself a pat on the back. Consider never having sex again.” You can also google it for more info but that’s the jist <br /><br /><br />
Post # 13
I am 29 yo, DH is 30, married 1 year in June (!!). Currently NTNP, planning to actively start trying next month, however we’re both fine with it if it happens sooner. I see an RE to manage insulin resistance and hypothyroid. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 16 and have been on Metformin for a few years now. It took me 2 years to lose 20 lbs, and I can gain it back in a flash if I’m not religious with my diet. Chart:
Post # 14
Good Morning ladies! Yay for #2 thread!
Some of you may have already heard all this but I will recap for the newbies:
Myself and DH are both 28. We were married 4/20/13. Went off BCP in June 2013. Had very long and irregular cycles. Went to OB and she did lab work. Diagnosed me with PCOS. Put me on metformin 100mg/day. Still no improvement. Cycles were actually getting worse. Charted for a bit and used OPKs but mostly just found it frustrating. Had a good feeling I wasn’t ovulating. In Feb 2014 a friend recommended a RE. Saw him March 13 – he confirmed PCOS with an u/s – ran a ton of labs. Had an HSG done and a Hysteroscopy. Removed Polyp on uterus. DH had a SA done and it came back great. RE increased my metformin dosage to 2000mg/day. Also told me my uterine lining was VERY VERY thick and I am at an increased risk of getting uterine cancer. Started me on provera to induce a period. The period was the WORST one of my life. Went in for a CD3 u/s to see if I could start clomid but lining was too thick. Waited 2 weeks and start provera again. This time I was able to start clomid. Took 100mg of Clomid CD4-8. No ovulation. Prescribed provera again 10mg – 1 pill a day for 10 days. Currently I am on CD22. I am on day 5 of provera and expect to have my period next week. Will do 200mg of Clomid this time to see if it produces a mature follicle. If not, we will move on to injectibles which I know nothing about! In addition to the 2000mg of metformin I also take a prenatal and 800mg of folic acid.
Post # 15
DH and I are both 27, were married in September 2012 and began TTC in November 2012. I got a BFP in February 2013 during our second cycle (O’d on CD 42) but it ended in a MC. I’ve never had regular periods and when I began charting found out that my cycles were very long and mostly annovulatory. After the MC, I had two short ovulatory cycles and then they resumed their previous state and my luteal phase dropped to 8 days. I tried various supplements and acupuncture for eight months and was finally able to get a referral to an RE in January. She diagnosed me with PCOS due to high AMH and AFC and put me on 2000mg of metformin. I go back next month for a follow up. If the metformin isn’t working, we’ll move to clomid. First cycle on met, I O’d on CD 33 and my LP was 12 days, but I suspect I had a chemical pregnancy. I’m now on CD 22 of my second met cycle and am anxious to see whether I’ll O.
my chart: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/katiz
I do have a question and am looking for opinions. I feel like when I start a new medicine, my body responds quickly (I O within 1-3 weeks) but then gets used to it, then tapers off and I’m back to 80+days without ovulating. Does anyone have similar experiences? I feel looney. And if you take metformin, did it do anything to your LP?