Question for Ladies with PCOs – do any of you have (somewhat) regular O?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Do you ovulate (somewhat) regulartly with PCOs?
    No, I use ovulation meds (i.e. clomid, metaformin, etc) : (2 votes)
    29 %
    No, but I don't use anything... : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Yes so I don't use any drugs (pls share your cycles if you don't mind) : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, but I still use clomid to help/strengthen with O (pls share your cycles if you don't mind) : (0 votes)
    Yes, but I still use metformin to help/strengthen with O (pls share your cycles if you don't mind) : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, but I still use other meds help/strengthen with O (pls share meds/cycles if you don't mind) : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    475 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @proudcatlady: I have PCOS and ovulate fairly regularly. My cycles range between 31-47 days. Like you, I am have CM and clear temp shifts that correlate with OPKs, so I am fairly certain I ovulate (plus, they did an ultrasound once when I was ovulating, and they confirmed O with the ultrasound). Right now, I do not take any meds (other than herbal stuff – prenatal, co q10, myo inositol) but I have only been TTC for 2 cycles so far. My doctor is hopeful that i will be able to conceive on my own, since I am ovulating (I get increasingly nervous with each cycle that I get BFNs though). If I don’t conceive this cycle then we might go in and try cycle monitoring … if that doesn’t work within 2-3 cycles, then I will probably try meds (apparently meds can make your O stronger, even if you O on your own). Will your drs be willing to consider fertility support after you have been TTC for a year? I know some drs won’t intervene before then … 

    Sorry you are going through this, and good luck getting your BFP in the future! 

    Post # 5
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    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I *think* that I’m ovulating regularly – I have a clear temp shift right about day 14 along with a lot of signs – EWCM, ovulation pain, tender breasts afterwards – and my luteal phase seems like it’s also around 13 to 14 days. I’m getting the results of my 7dpo progesterone test today, so I guess we’ll find out! We’ve only been TTC for one cycle so far, and I’m 99% positive that I didn’t get pregnant this cycle. (BFN on 12 dpo and my temp is dropping back to coverline, so expecting AF tomorrow.)

    My endo did say that he’d be fine with starting me on Clomid even if things seem normal, for the same reason you mentioned about strengthening ovulation. I’m also taking metformin – have you talked to your doc about that? The evidence that metformin helps women with PCOS get pregnant is kind of scant, but it does seem to raise the percentage points a bit… and hey, if I’m in that 7% of women who get pregnant with metformin, I’ll take it! 

    Post # 7
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    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    I have PCOs but do not ovulate regularly at all.  That was my main symptom, along with the difficulties losing weight.  I don’t have any issues with my hair growth, acne and such.

    Post # 9
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    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    @proudcatlady:  Next year a month before the wedding I am going to meet with a specialist and start the whole family planning process.  I switched to a low glycemic index diet so I’m hoping that will help too.  Have any of you had good weight loss with metformin?

    Post # 11
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    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    @proudcatlady:  I’m dying to join that journey! lol  I love that there are PCOS threads on this site, I don’t know anyone else who has it who I can talk to!  Weddingbee had surprises for me 😀

    Post # 12
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    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @proudcatlady:  So apparently I have “weak ovulation” on just metformin (and vitex)! The doctor said my progesterone was a six point something… Above the level that confirms ovulation but below the ideal number. He’s prescribing Clomid, but I’m also trying to figure out how to get a “stronger” O on my own. 

    Post # 14
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    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @proudcatlady:  I do start spotting around 10 to 12 dpo, so even though my luteal phase is ok, I definitely think I’ve got myself some low progesterone. 

    I’ve been googling furiously and it doesn’t seem there is a whole lot to do to strengthen ovulation… Some people say vitex, some say exercise, some say Clomid… Argh! Maybe just a stern lecture aimed at the pituitary gland? “Come on, gland, luteinize those follicles!”

    ETA: I also never realized there was strong vs weak ovulation! It seems like weak O can be when the eggs don’t fully mature before release? 

    Post # 15
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    475 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @proudcatlady:  I know, it is very difficult. I have searched all over the web, but it doesn’t seem like there are a lot of women with PCOS than presents like ours does (i.e., with somewhat regular O and without the insulin issues). So it’s hard to find support/guidance. I also find that most doctors don’t know which to do with us atypical PCOSers, which is super frustrating (and scary!).

    I am so happy you started this thread though, it is nice to hear from others who are going through the same thing. And maybe we will be able to share tips (if we end up discovering any)…

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