Post # 1
Husband and I are actively TTC!
For the past few months we have been NTNT but I have PCOS and my weight crept up a fair bit over the holidays.
I had a period after we got married but nothing since and I think my weight has a lot to do with it.
I would like to TTC on my own by watching my weight for a while before resorting to an RE as I’d like to try and conceive drug free (I take Metformin)but I’m wondering if this is foolish.
We haven’t used protection since August but we haven’t been tracking when we BD.
I am so excited but so scared, my Darling Husband would be such a wonderful father and he is so adorable around babies that it would really break my heart if i couldn’t give him a child. I have always reigned back my maternal feelings as I was told at age 15 that it would be difficult or impossible for me to conceive – I think Drs are more optimistic about TTC with PCOS these days.
I’ve heard that OPK don’t work well with PCOS as hormones are all over the place, is this true of temp charting too?
Post # 3
I was diagnosed with PCOS 5 years ago, and I do not ovulate almost ever on my own. I did try naturally for some time with no luck but if you have any kind of a normal cycle I would say give it a try. Going through fertility treatments puts imo quite some stress on the body and mind. I had luck with both temping AND using OPKs, I know not all pcos gals do but you may give them a shot before passing those resources over.
Husband and I are finally after years expecting our first little one. I did prenatals, 2000 metformim, synthroid, and femara days 3-7. I used preseed,opks, and tempd.
Post # 4
I have PCOS and was treated first through my GYN. She did 2 rounds of Femara and a round of Clomid with me before referring me to a RE. I’ve heard a lot of success stories of women with PCOS getting pregnant with one of those meds. She did tell me, that in my case, temping would just drive me insane. Due to my hormonal issues my temp would be all over the place. But, that was just my case. Try talking to your GYN before calling in the big guys. If you have the time to wait, then definitely do what makes you feel the most comfortable. Some PCOS patients get pregnant completely on their own with no help. Just do what feels the best for you.
As @hismm: going throught the procedures and what not with an RE are very emotionally and physically exhausting. For some of us, it’s necessary (I personally didn’t respond to oral meds. And it took a high dose of injectables to get my body to work). But, for some, they don’t ever need to go that far.
Good luck hon!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
@Indianinerniner: I’m not sure about OPKing not working with PCOS, but several of the Charters have PCOS and temping works for them. It wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot. I’m not sure what to say about your long cycle though. Changing to a PCOS controlling diet will probably help with regulating your cycles though and with conceiving. Do you know the date of your last period? Or do you just know that it was after the wedding?
Post # 6
My last period was on the 22nd of October – I had started a menstrual calendar but only have one entry!
For a week around 18th November I had cramps, dizziness, hyper salivation, headachea and sensitive nipples. I really thought I could be pregnant but POAS numerous times afterwards and all were negative 🙁
I am now regulating my diet to a low GI diet and taking more excercise. I am hoping that losing some weight will kickstart my periods again.
I think my BMI is too high for Clomid 🙁
Post # 7
I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS for 11 years now and I agree with what the other ladies have said. Most importantly do not fear that it is impossible, because it is possible. I have not started with an RE yet, but we are in the process of getting a referral. For me, I do ovulate on my own…but something’s obviously not working correctly because we are going on our 18th month TTC.
I think it is best for you to: 1. Start trying to loose weight. I personally know how difficult this can be, especially with PCOS. With PCOS, it is known that the best way to loose weight effectively is by limiting your carb intake. I am currently 90 lbs over weight, but before we started TTC I was about 140 lbs over weight and I was having irregular periods and would sometimes go 2 to 3 months without a period. My periods are now closer to normal, but I think I still need to loose another 20lbs for them to get where I’d like them. 2. Go ahead and start charting and using OPK’s so that you know what your body is doing and if you truly are ovulating or not. With charting all your looking for is a clear shift in temperatures to confirm ovulation. With the OPK’s, the hardest part for us ladies with PCOS is you may get several fade in’s and out’s before you get a positive which can be is frustrating.
After about a year of truly TTC, I started Clomid with my GYN. I think if anything, your first step should be to try the Clomid with your GYN if you feel comfortable doing so to help save money and limit the amount of stress. I have seen the Clomid alone work wonders for many ladies in getting their BFP’s.
This battle may not be easy for you, but always keep faith and never give up! Good luck!
Post # 8
Thanks! I am trying to stay positive.
I was diagnosed when I was 15 and told it was unlikely I would conceive (Drs are much more optimistic these days – I’m 33 now). I went on the pill when I was younger which was great as an anti androgen but my weight spiralled out of control.
I got off the pill and started an epic battle to lose weight. I lost around 100lbs but it was really hard. I was single and lived alone which made it easier (my body doesn’t like to lose weight, I had to be extreme and was eating one meal a day and fasting 2-3 days per week for about 9 months. Regular diets just didn’t work for me but I know this was drastic). I went from having 1 period every 12-18 months to about 6/year.
Now i cook for my husband and eat 2 to 3 meals a day and occasionally snack and a pile of weight came back. I’ve been taking Metformin for about 7 years but it doesn’t do much for me tbh.
I am determined to lose some weight (I’ve gained about 25lbs) and see if it makes any difference. I have given myself an April deadline before I see my endocrinologist (I was discharged and told to go back when I wanted to TTC)
Post # 9
@Indianinerniner: Congrats on loosing 100 lbs! Wow, that’s amazing! I understand how easy it is to gain the weight as a newlywed! Good luck on your journey!