@mlford0531: Hi there, sorry to hear about your dx. I have had PCOS for the last 10+ years. When puberty hit me as a child, I never had regular periods, they were either very long and heavy, or I would go without them for 6, 7, 8 months. The first GYN I saw said I would “grow out of it” and that it was normal?! Which my family and I knew just couldn’t be the answer. I put on 50 pounds in a year, without a change in diet or regular activity.
It took me a couple doctors to finally find out what was wrong, but when I started Metformin (generic glucophage) it did help to improve, not eliminate my symptoms. I was able to slowly start losing some of the weight and felt generally better. It did give me some bathroom/gas issues, but it was worth it to me. Everyone reacts differently to medications and the dose they take. They also have an extended release version you can try if you find your stomach to be extra sensitive.
Becoming a mother was a number one priority for me, a life’s dream I was unwilling to give up. Metformin never did regulate my periods, nor did weight loss. It took about 4 years, but working through it and finding the right combination for my body in medication, I am now in my last trimester expecting our first baby, a girl. The pain of the wait was so worth it to have success.
Nobody can tell you what is right or what will work for you. For me, we found out in addition to PCOS, I also had hypothyroidism. I was taking Synthroid, Metformin, and Femara (to induce ovulation) to achieve my current pregnancy. I did not respond to clomid, so in all, it took about 5 rounds of fertility drugs, but we didn’t get to that stage for a couple 2/3 years before we got it right, and took breaks inbetween per advice of Doctor. I know many who have had success within just a couple months of TTC, and some, who still haven’t had it pan out for them. It is impossible to tell, but if you take care of yourself, your relationship with your SO and your Doctor, you have excellent chances of finding what will work for you!
I am sure if I had been more aggressive in seeking fertility treatment that I could have gotten to fertility medication added sooner, but really wanted to try and regulate my cycle on my own.
This condition can feel very disruptive to your day to day life, but it is definitely manageable. I have extra weight and hair growth on my neck, I take care of it with nair. It causes some mild self esteem problems, but you have to stay positive as that is what is going to get you through. Good luck!