Post # 1
I’d love to hear from you TTCers if you’re using Eastern medicine instead of or addition to Western medicine to try to concieve. I got pretty pissed off when my gyn blew off my concerns about my anovulation. She just told me to try to lose weight and that they would give me Clomid to stiumlate ovulation if it came to that. Uh, sorry, but I’d rather FIX the problem, thank you.
Thankfully my regular doctor ordered the blood panel when I mentioned my PCOS symptoms and perscribed Metformin to combat my borderline high insulin levels.
I’m now on six pills and one tincture a day. It seems so ridiculous that I’m only 26 and I’m taking all these “meds.”
Here’s my daily regimen:
1 — 20mg Lexapro for my Generalized Anxiety Disorder
1 — Giant Eagle brand Daily Multivitamin for Women (w/ folic acid)
1 — 400 mg Vitex (chasteberry) capsule
1 — 100 mg Vitamin B-6
2 — Metformin pills that I take at dinner
The tincture I take is False Unicorn Root. It tastes terrible, so I’ve been putting it in my cranberry juice. Antioxidants, UTI protection and cycle help in one glass! 😉
I’m hoping to start fertility acupuntcure, which has been shown to help regulate cycles, improve ovulation and improve your chances of conceiving on Clomid! There’s a sliding scale clinic in town that only charges $15-$40/ per session.
I’m 5 lbs down since starting the Metformin and trying to go low-carb. Fertility is so tricky!
Have any of you had success in restarting ovulation w/ Metformin? Anyone else dabbling with Eastern medicine/natural medicine for fertility? I’d love to know I’m not alone in this madness!
Post # 3
I think losing weight via Metformin and using Clomid are great resources. The biggest thing is getting your body to a healthy area weight and exercise. I have PCOS and carbs are the enemy. Like normal portions of carbs for PCOS people is not good. But seriously, focus on your health. I also suggest checking out Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’ll give you information on how to chart your fertility signs so you know if you’re ovulating and when to have sex
EDIT: Sorry I didn’t touch on the Eastern Medicine portion. I’ve read a lot of threads and sites about women taking Metformin for their PCOS and lost a big chunk of weight with lifestyle changes, they were able to conceive without clomid b/c their cycles went back to normal. I think it would be beneficial to ask your physician about a transvaginal ultrasound to look at your ovaries. See if you have cysts (not all people with PCOS will have cysts though) but cysts will inhibit the ability to ovulate, so you’ll have an idea of what’s going on down there. I was put on birth control to prevent cysts from growing on my ovaries (so that’s an idea if you’re not in the TTC stage right now–if you are, then disregard that part of my post). Good luck!
Post # 4
I have read a lot of stories about women who have used accupuncture in addition to the treatments. I haven’t looked into that yet but I am interested to hear other people’s story.
Post # 5
@beekiss2: I got TCOYF 7 months ago when I went off BC — temps are the proof I’m not ovulating. It’s a fantastic resource for determining ovulation … if you’re actually ovulating, which I’m not.
I’m not opposed to Clomid if it comes to that, but my gyn didn’t even consider the possibility of PCOS or suggest the metformin. I started to suspect it after months of research on my own. The book Making Babies has been a HUGE help to me in terms of self-care and suggesting tests to my doctors.
Edit: No prob! 🙂 I had a trans-vag ultrasound a few months ago with no evidence of cysts, which is why my gyn didn’t suspect PCOS. Apparently you can have it w/ out the tell-tale “string of pearls” cysts.
Post # 6
You’re on the ball, I don’t have cysts either but my irregular cycles and both of my sisters have it, as well as facial hair and weight gain are serious indications that I have PCOS. I’d definitely talk to your doctor about Metformin and if they aren’t willing to help, then I’d seek out another physician!
Post # 7
I’ve heard of good success with acupuncture. In fact, my reproductive endocrinologist said a lot of the women at their clinic do it.
If you aren’t ovulating and are overweight, though, losing weight and Clomid could definitely help you. I’ve known a couple of women who have had trouble conceiving because they were either over or underweight. Once they gained or loss, they got pregnant much more easily. If your dr is just dismissing the possibility of PCOS (which is one of the main reasons women have trouble getting pregnant), i highly suggest another doctor because a good gyno should just not completely ignore those symptoms!