PCOS diagnosis & TTC

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I have PCOS but I’ve known since I was 16 and was actually told at that stage (14 years ago) that I wouldn’t have children. Since then I’ve heard of sooooo many people with PCOS getting pregnant. I’ve heard over and over that a lot of women have success with the keto diet. This isn’t something that I’ve personally tried…I just know that I want to start trying within the next couple of years but it might be worth looking into if you’re interested in learning about it. I plan on looking into it soon also. I’m not sure if it is specifically the diet that helps or the fact that they’re able to lose a lot of weight… the only thing that doctors have told me is that weightloss helps.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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kenz29 :  Hey well at least you have that going for you! I’m 55 pounds down so I’m trying to get myself ready to try. I know everyone is different and I don’t want to give you false hope or anything but my cousin also has PCOS and like you has never had weight issues. She has two kids and never had any problems getting pregnant. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I have “lean” PCOS and have never been prescribed Metformin. My endocrinologists have prescribed two different dosages of Letrozole (to make me ovulate) and timed intercourse, and I have conceived twice. One was a monitored cycle and the other was unmonitored. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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kenz29 :  Thank you 🙂 Best of luck with concieving! Keep us posted xx

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

PCOS does NOT mean you  won’t be able to have kids, you will just need a little help! In my case,  inducing ovulation with medicIne  wasn’t working ( I was ovulating but not getting pregnant)  soon we just did IVF.  I’ve done she’ll IVF cycles and I have two beautiful kids sleeping right now in the next room.  😊

 The Internet has tons and tons of information and PCOS and fertility treatments, so you can learn a lot with Google. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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kenz29 :  I was diagnosed with PCOS as well. I always suspected I might have some form of hormone imbalance but my periods were always regular up until about 1-2 years ago. I was having trouble conceiving so the doctor sent me for bloodwork and ultrasound to confirm PCOS. I was put on metformn and seraphine (which I think is related to clomid) for three months. It made me ovulate but I didn’t get prgnant. Next I tried Femara and got pregnant on the first cycle. I actually just gave birth to our first a couple of days ago!

In terms of diet, I went more plant based, which seems to be what works for me in terms of regulating weight and such.

Good luck to you and I hope you are able to get pregnabt soon!

ETA: I should also mention that I was temping every morning to keep track of my cycle and ovulation.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Get a copy of the period repair manual. Loads of good info in there about PCOS.

i have a friend who has it with endo as well. She was diagnosed way before TTC so she spent a year trying natural ways to improve things and managed to get pregnant after 3 months of trying.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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kenz29 :  I was on Metformin for about a year before it helped me ovulate, but it wasn’t combined with Clomid or another drug specifically to trigger ovulation becase we weren’t TTC when I started treatement. I might have ovulated sooner if I didn’t also have a swollen/blocked fallopian tube, likely from endometriosis, so it’s worth a shot before trying other drugs. Metformin brings down your blood sugar and insulin levels, so can help you ovulate by getting your hormones leveled out (fun fact – insulin is a hormone) even though it doesn’t actually stimulate your ovaries. It’s good that your Dr will check you again in a few months. I know several people who ovulated while taking both Metformin and Clomid, so if the Metformin alone doesn’t work there is still hope!

Cutting out sugar and dairy really helped me as well. Dairy can cause problems for PCOS women, I don’t know exactly why. I also cut out gluten for a while but that was for endo. I was also underweight, but my blood sugar and insulin were way out of wack as well as my other hormones, so those diet changes plus regular exercise plus metformin is what worked for me.

Are you TTC right now or just getting ready to? Either way, I would start tracking your cycles with cervical mucus and temperature. OPKs can be very inaccurate for PCOS, so if you do use them you can’t rely on them alone. Looking for a CM buildup and a temp shift will help you see if you are ovulating, and help your doctor know what step to take next. It might get annoying with really long cycles, but you can definitely still track.

I worried a lot about the increased risk of misscarriage in the first trimester as well, and found that finding something positive to focus on every day really helped me. It’s impossible not to worry, but since we really have no control over the situation being as relaxed as possible is important for both you and the baby. Your doctor should keep a close eye on your insulin, blood sugar, and progesterone levels in early pregnancy, which should also help with peace of mind. FX everything works right away and you have a happy, healthy baby!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My sister has PCOS and has been trying on and off for 8 years, still no luck. My cousin never talked about her diagnosis, but she has all the classic signs. She took Clomid once and got pregnant right away. She got pregnant without help 5 years later and pretty quick. I have PCOS, diagnosed at 17 years old and endometriosis, diagnosed at 27 years and I got pregnant my second cycle trying without help the first time and my second pregnancy my fourth ot fifth cycle trying, again without medication. So you never know how it will go until you try. Good luck.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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kenz29 :  I wasn’t told about slowly increasing the metformin dose, so it ended up making me really sick. I ended up splitting the pills and taking half in the morning and half in the evening and that eliminated the side effects.

I had sort of started temping when I was TTC, but didn’t do it religiously. Once I visited the OBGYN to begin treatment, I started really temping. I tracked and recorded every morning until I got a positive pregnancy test. In fact, the temperature rise (and the fact that they didn’t drop) was what made me suspect I was pregnant. I had taken so many pregnancy tests that I didn’t want another negative one. 

I noticed that when I was temping before I started medications, my temps were all over the place and had no visible cycle. Once I started medications, my temperature regulated and there was an obvious pattern. It made it a lot easier to determine when I ovulated.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

I have lean PCOS as well. I was able to conceive twice with metformin alone but miscarried both times. We conceived a third time with metformin and clomid and had our rainbow baby in August. I’m not sure if it was the clomid that helped me carry to term with our babe, or if it was just bad luck the two previous times. 

I would temp and keep up the OPKs, it’s still possible to ovulate on your own even with PCOS for some. If you were to do just OPKs alone, you could miss ovulation because it’s common for us PCOSers to gear up to ovulate several times before it actually happens. Temping is super useful because you can see if you’ve ovulated or not, even with erratic temps. Metformin and vaginal temping (instead of oral) helped stabilize my temps as well.

Best of luck!

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