(Closed) Irregular Cycles and PCOS

posted 8 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
4111 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Have you tried charting or using OPK’s? It would give you a TON of information about your cycle. It would tell you if you’re ovulating and when. If you are, you can time BD accordingly. If not, you will have data to show your doctor so you can move on to getting help. 

Post # 4
3311 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You could *try* OPK’s but for many women with PCOS (myself included) they don’t work.  (I’ve never even gotten a 2nd line until recently and that was only because I’m well into pregnancy)  What worked best for me is charting.  I temp each cycle and it shows me when and if I ovulated that cycle.  I WILL say though that there is always a chance because even if you don’t O regularly, there is ALWAYS the chance for spontaneous O.  

I’m very blessed with my PCOS in that I’ve gotten it under control and for me, I DO O each cycle.  However, it’s rarely on the same day and I never know in advance when I will O, so we just basically bd every other day starting from the day AF leaves the building until AF comes again.  

A couple of questions for you and possibly suggestions:  With PCOS, thyroid issues and vitamin D deficiency are very very common.  Have both of those been checked out?  For thyroid, if they are only checking TSH, that’s not enough.  They need to be checking for free t3, free t4, tpo antibodies, and antithyroglobulin antibodies at the very least.  I say this from experience.  I have Hashimotos (autoimmune thyroid disease) and my TSH was ALWAYS well within normal.  It wasn’t until I found a great endocrinologist that my thyroid antibodies were checked and found not only to be present (just having ANY indicates an autoimmune issue at some point), but elevated.  My vitamin D levels were very low even with taking much higher than the norm daily supplements for it.  Both of those things can and usually will affect your ovulation. 

Post # 5
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@megannm26:  I have pcos. And while I am not ttc- I went off metformin ( for surgery anxiety reasons) I really do not like taking medications. Anyway, I did this no processed food diet for two weeks and got my first real period in like 6-8 months! The rules were simple. Do not have processed food and everything you buy should have under 5 ingredients that you can pronounce. Also, whole wheat everything – sugars should be natural ( honey, maple syrup). It was hard to do because I am vegetarian and all my meat substitutes are highly processed but I was elated it worked so when I do ttc I have something I can rely on to get regular cycle. Good luck!

Post # 6
7 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m in the same boat!  I went off BCP in February and have only had 3 real periods since then – it is so frustrating!  I started temping/charting in Sept and realized that it was a waste of tme because I am definitely not ovulating.  I started taking Vitex last month in hopes of regulating myself naturally, but so far it hasn’t helped.  I saw my OBGYN this past week and she agreed that I should see a specialist. My appointment is in 2 weeks and I am excited to hopefully get some help! Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone 🙂

Post # 10
3311 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@megannm26:  Glad to help!  🙂  Temps worked well for me, but if you are annovulatory you won’t see a whole lot.  I’m very blessed to ovulate on my own regularly, so temping is a huge help to me!  

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