(Closed) I just got diagnosed with PCOS

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I have PCOS, not pregnant but have been TTC for 5 months now. My advice to you? Start charting, taking your basal body temp., and get OPKs (ovulation predictor kits).  The sooner the better you will know if you are ovulating and then keep track. Most infertility clinics will not do anything for you unless you have been TTC for a year and have been tracking your ovulation

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have PCOS. I tried for4 years with no luck due to not ovulating. I was prescribed Metformin to help with PCOS and then did a round of Femara a few months later to force ovulation. I got pregnant with twins but unfortunately miscarried. I did another round of Femara a few months later and now have a 17 month old son as a result. I’m very thankful that I found what works for me. You may want to look into Femara or Clomid yourself. If you do get pregnant, ask to have your progesterone levels checked. PCOS can cause low progesterone which contributed to my miscarriage. It was also very low with my son and he’d likely not be here without progesterone supplements.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I wanted to add that OPKs have always been accurate for me. False surges aren’t the case for everyone. I also didn’t go straight to a fertility specialist. I started with a regular OB. She handled my Femara cycles and was amazing. She took me seriously and was great through everything. Had Femara not worked, she would’ve referred me to a specialist. Feel free to PM anytime.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

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kmdunford :  I was recently diagnosed with PCOS as well. It’s really hard to hear, eh? I don’t know how much research you’ve done into the TTC part of having PCOS, but the good news is is that most women do get pregnant with some help. For us, ovulation is the issue and medication can take care of that fairly easily. The two common medications used are femara and clomid. That’s the first step of treatment. We also can have low progesterone, so when you go to your appointment get them to check it if it hasn’t been done already. If you have low progesterone you can miscarry, but again, good news! There’s a suppository for that wink

I haven’t gotten pregnant yet, so I wish I had some better news on that front. The way I like to think about it is that I haven’t even really got the chance to “try” yet because I don’t ovulate. It keeps my spirits up instead of thinking I’ve just failed. I’ve just started femara and have now personally reset my cycle counter to 1. 

As for the fertility clinic, I had a different experience. Mine didn’t care about charts, didn’t even ask. If you have an actual issue like PCOS then they don’t seem to care. The fertility clinic will likely do an ultrasound to check for cysts on your ovaries. It’s internal so heads up! Do you have any other symptoms that indicate PCOS? My doctor said there are three main ones: the physical (acnes, excess body fat, excess hair), polysitic ovaries, and hormone imbalance. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I was diagnosed with PCOS in feb/march of 2015. I’ve always struggled with the symptoms of PCOS but never had an actual diagnosis to explain why I was overweight, dealing with terrible acne and excessive hair growth. I went off BC in November of 2014 in preparation for TTC and after 3 months of not getting my period, I finally went to my OB to find out what was going on. That’s when he said I had PCOS after running some tests and performing U/S. He put me on clomid which I did for about 5 cycles and it just didn’t work. Then I went to see an RE, had an HSG done which showed my tubes were clear. Then decided to try and bring regularity to my cycles by living a PCOS healthy lifestyle along with Accupuncture. After 4 months of that and spending so much money and not seeing any results at all I decided to go back to the RE. At that point I had been put on metformin and thought it was working but the RE said based on lab work it didn’t look like I was ovulating. So we decided to go with clomid and IUI with trigger shot. After 3 cycles I can happily say I am 19 weeks pregnant! 

Although it was an emotional and long journey trying to find what process would work for us, once we found the right method (medical intervention) we got pregnant fairly quickly. 

PCOS isn’t an end all diagnosis, with the right plan and management you can get pregnant!

good luck with everything! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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kmdunford :  I was diagnosed with PCOS prior to starting to TTC, it was pretty certain I didn’t ovulate and my periods were 45-60+ days apart.  I took femara to stimulate ovulation, ovidrel to trigger it, and on month two we conceived our twins.

Incidentally it’s been about a year since my period came back and they are now 28 days apart like clockwork (something I’d never experienced), and I feel intermittent pain on one side around CD15, so I think I’m ovulating.  So you may need a little help conceiving your first, but you may not need it conceiving your second.  Hope that helps!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have PCOs and I’m currently 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. DH and I started TTCIng in Jan of 2015. After stopping my birth control I never got my period for three months. Went to my OBGYN had blood drawn and a ultrasound done to confirm PCOs. Took Clomid for three months with no luck but I was ovulating. Had my tubes checked. Did three months of Femera two on on dose and one on double dose. We where ready to move on to IUI when we concived on our last Femara cycle. In total it too us 13 months and 6 medicated cycles to get pregnant. Best advice I can give you would be relax. I got so worried and sad when found out I had PCOs that I blamed mysele for every negative test. Don’t do that to yourself. It will happen when the time is right for you. I did use both Clearblue Digital Ovulation tracker as well a plaing strip OPKs and that really helped me get a handle on my cycles . Best of luck. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

 

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MrsWitty :  DH and I have been TTC for 18 cycles, we just found out last month that I have PCOS. So I’m currently on MEtformin @ 1500mg a day. It was really hard to hear the diagnosis at first but on the flip side it was nice to have answers too. I started a blog the week I was diagnosed. I was felt like I needed an outlet for all the emotions I was experiencing and knowing how common it is I figured it would benefit others as well.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Another PCOSer here. officially trying since Jan. On 2nd round of letrozole (femera), but not actually counting the first one because AF arrived before they could do the progesterone test to see if I actually ovulated. 

In the middle of taking the meds now, but frustrated because I’m going to be traveling a lot this month for work, which seriously inhibits BDing. 

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