Post # 1
Obviously I know none of you can tell me this for sure. But I was just wondering other Bee’s (with PCOS – or not) thought of my situation. I am going to see my doctor for a full round of whatever testing she wants to do on me (I’m guessing blood tests, ultrasounds etc) in September, because we are planning on starting to TTC in January.
Years back when I was first diagnosed (I was about 19 at the time) I weighed about 220 lbs (and am about 5’7). Had the excess hair, sweating and 9 months worth of missed periods. Over the last 5 years I’ve lost quite a bit of weight – as of this morning I weigh 171 lbs – I’m working on losing that “last 10 lbs”. I eat a 95% clean diet that is slowly going towards a vegetarian diet. I exercise very regularly (at least 3 times a week) of a combination of both cardio + weight training.
Anywoo, my periods are pretty regular, I do seem to miss them (or have them late) around times of high stress (once for mine and FI’s e-party & again for my Brothers wedding — I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man for that) but aside from that. I’ve had them really regularly since I’ve stopped the pill (due to a blood clot) in Aug 2013. Since they’re coming pretty rgularly, should I assume I’m ovulating? Is it possible I’m getting AF this regular without ovulation?
I know I should start temping/charting again, just to get an idea of whats going on. and am planning to, I just fell off the wagon a few months back.
Post # 2
PCOS is a treatable issue, but not curable. Chances are your weight loss, your maturing endocrin system, and your diet and exercise have helped reverse some of the effects, though with other hormonal shifts through the course of your life this could change again. This means you could very well be ovulating (congrats!) but it doesn’t mean that becoming pregnant will be a cake walk.
And yes, it’s possibly to still have a flow without ovulating. That’s partly what birth control pills do.
Post # 3
Trilly: Thanks for the reply! Sorry, I’m super new to this whole TTC thing and have one more question, will my doctor be able to determine if I am infact ovulating? or is the only way to find that out by temping and charting myself? or will she just tell me to use OPK’s?
Post # 4
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Stephville: Your doctor will probably tell you to start with OPK’s. If you’re not getting positives then that’s when I would consult a doctor. I have also heard that women with PCOS can get false positives on their ovulation tests. I agree with the other girl–your diet and exercise has probably helped tremendously. I just went to the gyno this AM and she mentioned to me that people with PCOS can change everything and help themselves with diet and exercise. I would start doing OPK’s then in 3-6 months if it’s not showing what it should then I would consult your gyno!
Post # 5
Stephville: Your doctor will probably tell you to use the at-home urine tests that test for LH, or to chart your temperature. The most a doc can do it a blood tests for progesterone and check your thyroid to make sure that isn’t also an issue.
But I’m no expert on TTC. I don’t want to TTC. I just have PCOS (dx at 16).
Post # 6
I would recommend charting over OPK’s. An OPK will show that your body is gearing up to ovulate, but can’t confirm that it actually happens.
It sounds very promising that your body is getting back on track. All of your hard work with eating healthy and exercising is paying off, for sure. Having pretty regular cycles is a really good indication that things are likely functioning normally in there 🙂
Good luck TTC!
Post # 7
My RE said that it’s extremely unlikely to have regular periods if you’re not ovulating. He was pretty convinced that, even without charting, that my regular 31-33 day cycles was pretty conclusive evidence of ovulation. Losing weight can definitely improve your fertility when you have PCOS, as can clean eating. Congrats! It sounds like you’re doing wonderfully and hopefully you’ll have an easy time TTC!
Post # 8
FutureMrsB123: Awesome Info! Thanks! I’m going to look into getting some OPK’s! and regardless of my results I’m going to keep track of everything and follow up with my Doctor! 🙂
Trilly: Even though your not TTC your imput has bee great! Thanks so much!
urchin: I’m going to start charting after my next AF, which should be in the next week or so.. I’m also going to back up my charting with OPK’s! Thanks so much!
KatieBklyn: That’s awesome news and makes me feel optimistic about TTC! Thank you so much!
Post # 9
I too suggest OPK’s I wouldn’t just assume.
I have PCOS amongst other things and my FI’s fertility is questionable too (kidney failure).I went through a long stage where I did not ovulate at all, I’d almost given up on having more children, my ds is 8 and I have been ttc for about 5 years now. Well I managed to lose quite a bit of weight, 56lbs over the last two years.
I went back to see my doctor as my periods have calmed down, I still need medication but they are better. He suggested I start using OPK’s again. 2 days in and boom I was ovulating. however I have not had the same luck this month but Doc said this might be the case for me.
Well at least its a step in the right direction, just need to get Fiance a new kidney and just maybe 😀