(Closed) East v. West reproductive medicine?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

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 Wink

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
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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 # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee

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
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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!

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