Post # 1
Hi Bees, I was hoping some of you could help me understand PCOS.
I am a Type 2 diabetic (A1C 7.1) and when I brought up TTC at my checkup last night the Dr. immediately became concerned. Apparently she believes that due to the diabetes I will also have PCOS. I haven’t had any symptoms but but I have also been on BC for 12 years (the last 8 years have been the Nuva Ring). DH and I were married 6 months ago and had planned on TTC in about 2 years, my Dr told me last night the sooner the better and 2 years was a maximum limit. I am trying not to freak out, as I was completely unaware of this aspect of my diabetes. DH was disappointed to hear the news, I’m still in the anger phase. I am pretty well controlled with metformin, however I know there is much I could improve in my diet.
What does this all mean? Does anyone else have Type 2 and TTC or successfully conceived? why a two year window? I’m only 30! What other complications are there that I don’t know about, with Type 2 or with PCOS? Please help, the stuff online is so confusing!
Post # 3
I don’t see how they can put a time limit on you and say 2 years was a maximum limit. I don’t understand it? First, don’t freak out! There are many out there who have PCOS and have conceived naturally, through Clomid, through IUI, and lastly IVF. It may happen naturally, and it may not. But the bottom line is it CAN happen! I would do some research on it. I would also discontinue the birth control and start charting your cycles and using protection if you don’t want to get pregnant right away. By charting your cycles you will be able to uncover any fertility problems; ex: if you ovulate or not (something that some PCOS’ers can’t do naturally), if you have irregular cycles (typical with PCOS), and if you have a LP defect. If you are worried about it, I’d start charting now. If there is an issue, it’s best to start working on it now, rather than later. Good Luck!
ETA: Also, you should ask your dotor to run tests to rule out PCOS. They can do blood work and an ultra sound as well as compare symptoms of PCOS.
Post # 4
First, take a deep breath! My cousin has PCOS (but not diabetes) and took oral medication- metformin and something else- in order to conceive. She now has a beautiful, healthy 14 week old!
Second, when you come off of hormonal birth control, chart your cycles! You will need to know whether or not you ovulate on your own. I also second @Yellow.Clover:
‘s suggestion to have your doctor run blood tests to see if you even have PCOS.
Honestly, I’d get another doctor- it seems silly to get you all worried about something you may or may not even have!
Post # 5
Hi! I’m a Type 2 diabetic also (but I take Metformin AND insulin). And I am currently 22 weeks pregnant. I have been a diabetic for 13 years. When DH and I first asked my doc about TTC my A1C was also 7.1, which was her only concern. She wanted my A1C to be BELOW 7 before TTC.
At my next appt, my A1C was 6.5 so she gave me the go ahead. At a previous appointment, she had mentioned in casual conversation that I had PCOS….she never gave me any info on it, or talked more about it. She also never brought it up when I asked about TTC.
DH and I tried for two cycles and got our BFP. I don’t know if I don’t actually have PCOS or if I’m just one of the “lucky” ones, but either way, it happened for me so it’s possible for you!
I have no clue why she would tell you not to wait two years. She should have at least given you a reason. Maybe get a second opinion if possible?