PCOS & TTC

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hello.. I also have PCOS and we are TTC.   We have tried for 4 years with no luck.  I’m currently trying to lose weight so that a doctor will help us conceive.  I have high blood pressure and high blood sugar and the doctors aren’t willing to help until I get healthy.  I’m going to be 34 and DH is 35 so I really feel like we need to make this happen now.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Thanks for starting this! 

I was dx was PCOS when I was 16 and I’m 30 now. I went off bcp in September 2013 and DH and I had been NTNP until Dec. Then in January we found out my FIL has Huntington’s. Our options then became either skipping right to IVF where a doctor can select healthy sperm or get DH tested to see if he has HD and plan for kids accordingly. We started the testing process (which involved much more than a blood test) and should hopefully find out in about 8 weeks. On top of all that, I have to have surgery in 2 weeks to remove a cyst on my right ovary that has grown. For some reason, I’m feeling positive about everything DH and I have to go through and find waiting the most frustrating! In the meantime, I’m charting and taking OPKs to see if I ovulate. I was supposed to get my levels tested but with the surgery, I think that’s on hold a bit. 

Phew, sorry for the long winded story!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Hello! I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 14 so it didn’t really impact my life with regards to TTC as I was like “pfff will be years yet” well now I’m almost 23 and planning on TTC at the end of the year and I’m a little worried. 

Before I was diagnosed I suffered terribly with my periods to the point where I was fainting and vomiting and having periods anything from every 2 weeks to every 4 months. So I was put on the contraceptive pill purley to calm them down and regulate them. I’ve been on it ever since and am terrified of coming off it!! 

My mum also had PCOS and had 2 kids so obviously there is hope it just takes a little more prep time before it goes in the oven to bake!! Good luck I can’t wait to see all your journeys. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsTwister:  wow so sorry to hear about your MS. Hoping you get your BFP soon so you can get on the mwdication. Thanks for starting the thread.

 

AFM: I was diagnosed with PCOS back in December but I am not 100% sure that is what I have or if my GYN just thinks that anyone with a hormonal imbalance has PCOS. I was put on birth control at 15 due to very irregular periods. While on the pill I would only have a couple periods a year. I decided to get off the pill in May and we have been using the POM. Since May I have had a 92, 66, 72, 73 day cycles. In December I finally decided to go talk to the doc about it and she did some bloodwork and told me my hormones were imbalanced and that it is very unlikely I will be able to get pregnant naturally (unlss I get lucky and time my once a year ovulation perfectly haha) – she suggested getting on Clomid whenever I’m ready. This is our first month “trying” but I obviously don’t expect it to work so I plan on taking Clomid after AF comes to visit next – FF predicts will be 4/22. 

@Kabatchy2be:  I wish you luck with DH’s test. That is very scary. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sara79:  thank you, it definitely is. If things work out in our favor there, I have a feeling clomid might be our next step. Fx it works out for you! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsTwister:  Thanks for posting this – PCOS is so tough, so it’s a great idea to have a thread for support and questions. I was diagnosed with PCOS almost a year ago and have been TTC for about 6 months now with no luck (even though I seem to ovulate). I have an appointment with my RE this week, so hopefully he will be able to put me on a treatment plan that will help us get our BFP. Good luck to everyone else!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hey to all my fellow PCOS ladies!  I just found out last Monday that I have PCOS (confirmed with u/s).  On one hand, it was a total surprise (considering I’m in my 30s and had no idea I had it!), but not really a surprise since I’ve only had like 2 periods since stopping BC last summer.  My only other symptom is acne, which was well-c0ntrolled with BC for the most part (but obviously my skin is a total wreck now!)

I will admit that I could barely hold back the tears during my appointment when she showed me the “strings of pearls” on both sides, but I’ve been a lot more positive since.  The silver lining is that at least I’ve been on BC since I was 17, so that probably protected my ovaries somewhat.  As of right now, we’re waiting for SA results and once those are in and any male issues are ruled out, I can start taking Clomid.  I’m taking Provera right now to induce a period as I’m already on CD40-something (which is nothing compared to previous CD130-something!) 

Also, I can apparently do up to 3 months of clomid before my doctor would want an HSG done, then I could do a few more months of clomid. 

Good luck to everyone here and wishing everyone speedy BFPs! 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d like to join. My husband and I are planning to TTC in a couple months. I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 16 so I’ve known for years that I would likely have problems TTC. When I was off birth control, my periods were very irregular, very painful, and heavy. I have all the joyous side effects too – insulin resistance, weight gain, unwanted body hair, etc etc etc. Hopefully it won’t be an issue, but my RE is already talking about Clomid if we don’t get preggers within 4-6 months.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MrsTwister:  I don’t have an insulin resistance and I’m not “overweight” but I have noticed weight gain and increased hair growth since being off the birth control. I actually cannot wait to go back on the pill to keep meall balanced out haha. As for the trying for a year thing: it is pretty common here too unless you have a diagnosed condition – for me the doc didnt think I needed to wait a year before having the bloodwork since 70day cycles aren’t normal – and then she basically confirmed with my temp chart and the bloodwork that naturally is a stretch so why waste time. If I had regular cycles and my basic bloodwork was ok then yes I would have to wait a year.

Post # 14
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206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsTwister:  I was diagnosed with PCOS in December. We have been trying since April. In October I went to my gynecologist and he did blood work and an ultrasound since my cycles were anywhere from 36 days to 114 days. Anyway, in December when I was diagnosed, he also prescribed clomid for 6 months at that same appointment. The 50mg didn’t work, so a month later I went back and he gave me Provera, then uped my dose of clomid to 100mg and prescribed 1500mg of Metformin. I’m on cd7 of this mix of meds. I wanted to let you know though that I’m in Ontario, Canada, and I was prescribed clomid after 8 months of TTC, not the full year and I’m 28. Hopefully that helps you!

 

As for symptoms, I have long irregular cycles, acne (that was controlled with bcps), weight gain and oily skin. Before going on the bcp over 10 years ago, my cycles were normal. They only got abnormal after I came off the bcp.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsTwister:  Thanks. I am relieved that I ovulate and that I don’t have any of the other symptoms (no extra hair, weight gain, acne, etc.) but, I still am not getting pregnant which makes me really worried. At least if I wasn’t ovulating, I feel like the doctors would have a clearer idea of how to help me. Since I am ovulating, I think everyone is a bit puzzled 🙁

Also, I am from Canada as well and you can definitely get access to help before the one year mark. I actually got referred to a reproductive endocrinologist before I even started TTC. Once I got my PCOS diagnosis, I knew I would likely have difficulty getting pregnant and I also knew the wait to see the specialist would take awhile, so I asked my GP to refer me even though we hadn’t started trying yet (she was a bit reluctant but made the referral when I pushed for it). We had only been trying for 1 month by the time I saw the RE. He was willing at that point to give me any help I needed, after doing a month of cycle monitoring (he didn’t prescribe me clomid since I am ovulating so that doesn’t make sense for me, but I am confident he would have if I wasn’t ovulating). Definitely ask your doctor about a referral. Your PCOS diagnosis should be enough.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hey ladies – just wondering… Do you ever just randomly POAS to see? I just have this feeling that I would have no idea if by chance we got pregnant because I wouldn’t ever think “oh, I’m late, let me go POAS” haha. If I was good about charting I guess I could just see if I ovulate and go from there, but I have been really terrible about charting because it got me super discouraged.

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