PCOS- what helped you get a bfp? how long did it take you? I can't afford ivf

posted 1 year ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I don’t have PCOS but I am infertile. Based on a lot of the IVF groups I follow, a lot of women with PCOS seem to have a lot of luck going on the keto diet tp help with weight and fertility.

I have no advice for you as far as BDing though. You can try OPKs or temping. Unfortunately it’s hard to give you advice on how often is enough unless you know more about your cycles or when you ovulate.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I took Metformin and dexamethasone (a steroid) for 10 months before I got my BFP. Also I cut back on gluten and dairy, but not completely out of my diet. If you eat a low glycemic diet and take Metformin, there’s a good chance you may start ovulating again. Did your doctor test your estrogen levels? Many women with PCOS are low in progesterone and high in estrogen which can lead to miscarriage. Ask for a 7DPO progesterone test so you can see if you need supplementation. It’s a pretty easy place to start and works for lots of people. If you have high dhea-s you can try cutting back on caffeine, and if your testosterone is high try cutting out dairy. 

As far as BD, try tracking Cm and temping so you can see your fertile window. Then bd every day or every other day during that 10 days. I’m sorry you’re feeling down about yourself. PCOS is hard to deal with but you are every bit as much of a beautiful woman.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Also OPKs measure lh which is almost always high with PCOS. Some people have success with them, but don’t be alarmed if you try them and constantly get positives. I had to quit using them because they just confused me more.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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mariastarlove :  I wouldn’t recommend actively TTCing if you don’t have ins. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

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beevincent18 :  I second this.  Get insurance and see a doctor who can run some tests and give you TTC advice tailored to your condition.  Please do not get pregnant without insurance- what if there are complications, you conceive twins and become high risk, etc.  In the meantime, get healthy.  Cut gluten, dairy, and refined sugar and exercise daily.  Do your best to drop the lbs your doctor has advised in a healthy way.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Pcos here. There was a time when I’d given up on my hope of being a mom because I just didn’t think my body could do it. I’d tried and tried with no luck. That said, I’ve been pregnant 4 times. The first time I took ovulex and got pregnant the secon month. That one ended in miscarriage and when I was ready I tried the pills again. Again, pregnant within 2-3 months. Healthy pregnancy. When I wanted another child I went looking for those pills again and they no longer made them. I tried fertileaid from gnc and it worked just like ovulex and I was pregnant again 2-3 months after.  Healthy pregnancy. And the last was a complete surprise. I had been doing keto and staying on it for a few months and boom, pregnant naturally! Good luck!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I don’t have PCOS, but a friend of mine does and has a 7 month old. She said the most important part was losing the weight. She worked out and lost about 40lbs and eats really healthy and literally just had lots of sex and eventually got pregnant within a couple months 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Mom had PCOS – she was on Metformin and Clomid – and it took 8 years

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have PCOS and could not ovulate to save my life. I wasn’t really overweight either, so it wasn’t that. I did keto because I heard it helped women with PCOS regulate their hormones and ovulated and got pregnant in the same cycle a little over 3 months after starting keto. I’ll be going back to keto if we decide we want another baby down the road.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

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mariastarlove :  Google the PCOS diet….I joined a group with diet tips and a meal plan for 30 days and then won the 10 week program and lost 30lbs in 3 months….I fell off the wagon and I’m getting back on it. It’s super close to the whole30 diet except a few things you can have on the PCOS diet that you can’t/shouldn’t on the whole30, so all the recipes I was googling for the whole30 worked awesome. It’s a change in mentality from “I can’t have that” and being bummed, to “I can have all these other things!” and finding what works for you. Keto isn’t as great for the body, but it helps jump start things and learn other carb substitutes. 

No baby yet, but we have azoospermia so we are dealing with other stuff too…hoping we get our BFP before having to do IVF. 

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