PCOS diagnosis & TTC

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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kenz29 :  I was diagnosed with PCOS when my husband and I were TTC a couple years ago. I’ve always had irregular periods, and after about 8 months of trying on our own I went to see my doctor. 

I was then referred to a specialist and put on metformin to regulate my periods, then given femara to help me ovulate. The third month of femara I conceived. 

Now, I’ve found Keto, like PP mentioned, it’s a great ‘diet’ to regulate your body, and it really does work. 

My periods have dropped into the normal range of a 33 (predictable) cycle, which is huge for me! Annnddddd, I’ve started ovulating on my own! We’re not TTC#2 yet, but it’s exciting to know that I might not have to take so much medication next go ahead. 

PCOS does make TTC more complicated, but it’s definitely not a game ended, I know many ladies with PCOS who have kids. Myself included. 😊

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Bumble bee

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kenz29 :  i noticed a huge difference in vaginal vs oral temps personally. I think someone who doesn’t have erratic temps wouldn’t notice as much as a difference, but I definitely did. You can definitely start the OPKs back up after your period, or you can wait a bit until like cd10-11 ish. It’s really up to you.

My doctor told me that it would take around 3 months for the metformin to really start taking effect. It did help me ovulate and shortened my cycles by quite a bit eventually. You probably only got one dosage of provera to induce this period- then the doctor will want to see if the metformin helps regulate your cycle and brings back your period on it’s own. If it doesn’t, they may give you another round to bring on a bleed before starting a fertility Med like clomid or letrozole. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
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kenz29 :  I’m not 100% sure about the temperature. I do know that it needs to be a difference of approximately 1 degree higher than your normal body temperature to indicate ovulation. Also note, that your temperature will go up and down day by day but when your cycle regulates and you’ve charted an entire cycle, it will be more obvious looking back as to the differences in temperatures, which will help you predict the following cycle.

I’m not going to disagree with MrsMellyBean about vaginal vs oral. I only did oral and was able to track my cycle. I did ask my doctor about it but he didn’t think it mattered too much. However, everyone is different, so one might work better for some than others. I think the most important part is to pick a method and stick with it. If you switch back and forth, then it will mess up the data.

I’m not sure how you are charting, but I would recommend an app like Fertility Friend. It makes it easy to enter data and see all your charts. I’ve printed them off a few times to take in to the doctor so they could more easily see how my cycle was regulating. Also, Fertility Friend has lessons that you can access and it explains all the ins and outs of charting and what you are looking for. I found it very helpful!

I hope that makes sense. I’m a little sleep-deprived at the moment. I reread my previous comments and I think I forgot a sentence here or there, so hopefully it was somewhat coherent.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

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kenz29 :  yes what Keroppi said is true, pick one method and stick with it the whole cycle- don’t go back and forth or switch mid-cycle. I do agree that v temping is not necessary for everyone or even most  to see a clear shift in temperatures but if your PCOS gives you very erratic temps like mine, then it will help the pattern become more obvious. When I took metformin I was also sure to take it right after I had a meal. I might’ve had some nausea for the first bit but my body did adjust. 

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Bumble bee

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kenz29 :  You’re absolutely right! Your temp stays elevated if you ovulated- if it’s higher again tomorrow, you may get a crosshairs! FWIW, I don’t remember metformin ever causing higher temps for me. Fingers crossed that you O’d!!

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