PCOS & Pregnancies

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee

So I am ready to pop any day with my PCOS baby! 

We tried for several years with no luck (and no support from my crappy doctor who told me it was totally normal for two young 20s people to take three years to get pregant… I didn’t know better!). I changed doctors and she immediatly ran the tests for PCOS because I had all the classic symptoms. My cycles were 75-90 days long between! Darling Husband got tested and no issues on his side. She started me on metformin but at a pretty low dose. We then tried for another year without any luck and got referred to a RE. The RE doubled the dose of metformin I was on and also suggested I start a supplement called inositiol. It has some pretty good research behind it showing that it helps improve fertility and the insulin resistance part of PCOS. I also got really serious about my diet/exersice and went low carb/no added sugar. I had manged to put on like… 60 lbs over about 5 years in my early 20s and in 4 months lost 40 lbs between the metformin and diet changes. We did 3 cycles of clomid with no luck (this was prior to my weight loss), then 3 with Femara. During the Femara months was when I really lost weight. We were waiting for a cycle to start IUI with Femara and a trigger shot for two cycles, and if that hadn’t worked,our doctor would have pushed for IVF. We weren’t going to do IVF for a number of personal reasons so we were really hoping for sucess with the IUI. 

While we were waiting for a cycle to start to do the meds for IUI, I ended up with a super long cycle again after having finally gotten them to a normal legnth over the last few months. Finally on like… CD 45 I took a HPT just so I could call the RE and ask for Provera to get things moving. ANNNNDDD it was positive. So I took six more. Just to be sure. We didn’t have meds or anything special the cycle we actually ended up pregant beyond the metformin.

So the biggest things that really helped us was getting on metformin which helped me get my weight under control. It sounds so ridiclous and annoying but losing weight can REALLY help manage symptoms of PCOS, which is always easier said than done. But also totally possible! There is research that shows even a 5-10% weight loss can make major impact on improving symtoms. 

The other thing I would say is watch out for all the ridculous and expensive supplements people try to sell for PCOS. Inositol is one of the few with actual research behind it. The rest are pretty much maybe, possibly something but likely not really helpful. And many can interact with other meds. 

I did keto for weight loss until I got so morning sick I couldnt even look at meat, let alone eat a bunch of protein and fat. It was tough and I would never have been able to maintain it long term-I like carbs too much. But it totally helped reset and kick start losing weight for me. 

Best of luck!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I do not personally have it but every girl in my best friend’s immediate family does and her older siser (who is 30) just had her first baby. It is a perfectly healthy little girl that was actually unplanned! So while I don’t have any advice for you, I thought a success story might help your spirits a little bit smile she was also on metformin just like the PP 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I have pcos. I thought I’d never be able to have my own kids. I took fertilaid to conceive my two children. The pills worked quite quickly and seemed to be all I needed to help me get pregnant. And just recently I conceived a “keto baby” naturally. Switched my diet and started doing keto and boom prego. I hear stories about keto helping infertility a lot. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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myv13 :  So I dont have PCOS but two of my close friends do and both went on to have a healthy baby each!! One of them got on ttc immediately after getting married. As per their doctor they had sex every other day. No medicine or anything. Just to ensure they got the timing right since her ovulation was all over the place!  She conceived in just under a year and has a 2 year old son! My other friend didnt really worry much about it for the first few yrs since they were super young. They just had sex when they wanted and didnt worry about how much and timing. They got more serious the last year and when they still didnt conceive the doctor was going to put her on clomid….but she had to take a pregnancy test to confirm negative before putting her on it……welll turns out she got a positive and was already pregnant and didnt even know!!! She has a 2 year old girl! I wish you the best of luck!!!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I also don’t have PCOS, but just wanted to share that my cousin does and got pregnant with an oops baby even while on the pill! She now has two beautiful children, after being told she might not ever be able to have any. 

Post # 7
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1169 posts
Bumble bee

I was diagnosed with mild pcos in 2010-2011. Never really experienced any symptoms. Never tried to TTC but currently 31 weeks pregnant.

ETA: It’s really about diet for me. As long as I’m not super overweight, my periods are regular and I don’t have abnormal testosterone. Good luck bee!

Post # 8
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

My best friend was diagnosed many years ago, she was 13 or 14. She didn’t have a period for years. She and her husband have been trying to conceive for about 3 years. They have done everything short of IVF. Still wasn’t having any periods unless it was induced. THen they switched up the meds a little, and she apparently ovulated, cause they are expecting a baby girl in January! 

Post # 9
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2222 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I have PCOS and am also on Metformin. My periods have been regular since being on a Metformin for a while. Not TTC yet, but I’m holding on to hope that others with PCOS managed to have babies. 

Post # 11
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1067 posts
Bumble bee

I have what my RE calls “thin PCOS” (all of the classic symptoms except I’m not overweight). It took 3 IUIs and 2 rounds of IVF to get the embryo that is our first child. Perfectly healthy pregnancy once I finally got pregnant.  Then we did a 3rd round of IVF which got us a few embryos for future siblings. 

Long, hard, expensive road but once we got our baby it was all worth it! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I have PCOS and wasn’t ovulating regularly, but after 10 months on Metformin I ovulated and conceived DS. I probably would have conceived even sooner with fertility meds like clomid, but my between my forgetful RE and me being busy with school we never managed to get to that point.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Also wanted to add I had regular bleeding but was not ovulating so they weren’t true periods. When I started tracking my cycles with temping and CM I noticed my “periods” were actually just withdrawal bleeding, which is not super common but much more so than most OBs know. I would suggest starting to track your cycles sooner rather than later even if you have regular periods just in case something is off. No reason to wait for treatment if you know you’re not ovulating regularly. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I have been treated for PCOS for over 10 years now.  With my son, I got pregnant the very first cycle off of the pill (no withdrawl bleed in between even).  With my daughter, I also got pregnant with my first cycle but I had 2 LH surges prior to the one that finally caused ovulation.  Just when we had given up, I got pregnent that first cycle.  My BFP came on CD50!  I find controlling my sugar / carb intake really helped.  

 

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