Post # 1
I’ve had diagnosed pcos and an underactive thyroid for about 10 years now. My symptoms are “mild” in comparison to the long list of side effects you can have from both of these issues. Mostly I find it hard to lose weight, I tire and look tired easily and have erratic periods.
I have never been keen to use drugs as a means to control the problem (although I am on thyroxine but that’s something I HAVE to take) and have found that regular exercise and a good overall diet seems to keep things from going wildly out of control. Given the limited impact it has one my life day to day, I’ve just accepted it as it is and got on with it in the back of my mind wondering about the future implications- aka, having a family.
This is the year I will start trying to have children, I’m excited and nervous and everything in between about that, but the thing I’m struggling with at the moment is that I haven’t had a period since November, 2 days after my wedding to be precise. For the last year or 2 my cycles have been regulated though my efforts at the gym and eating well, so while I’m not a 28 day girl, I average at about a 35 day cycle. Given the maths, I’ve now missed 2 periods. Nope not pregnant, I’ve been poas every 3 or 4 days to be sure, and I keep getting twinges and slightly pink toned discharge that I think I’m about to start and then nothing. Nuda. Not a thing.
I’m putting it down to stress from the wedding, my grandfather dying and my mother nearly dying, Christmas holiday stress, jetlag from my honeymoon and getting the norovirus while I was there. They seem to be good enough reasons to cause “stress” that can delay a period.
The bottom line is it’s starting to get me down that my body doesn’t seem to be doing what it should even though I’m doing all the “right” things. I feel like my own body doesn’t like me!
How can I chart and track my cycle days when I don’t know where I am in it?
Sorry for the rant, I’m just scared that with all this stacked against me it might just be my body’s way of saying I’m infertile.
Post # 3
@Soon2BeeMrsG: I don’t read it as infertile, but I do think you should see a doctor and ask for his/her advice. Bring up your fears. It may be that the medicine you are trying to avoid is your key to getting pregnant. Or maybe they can reset your cycle. Then I would start charting if you are off bcp. It would be good to know your cycle better.
Post # 4
I would probably go to the Dr. I have PCOS as well, and my particular gyno was pretty against my cycles going too long/averaging less than 4 periods a year, as it can increase your chances of getting uterine cancer. Old cells are disorganized cells, and disorganized cells are vulnerable to mutation. I was supposed to make an appointment with her if my cycles exceeded about 42 days, and they’d prescribe provera to induce a period. However, if you don’t like medicating things, then maybe you can speak to a naturopath or something?
I think you can start charting whenever. If you’ve already ovulated this month there won’t be a clear spike, but it can’t hurt to getting used to taking your temp at the same time and stuff. Then once your period comes you’ll have practice at how to temp/record most comfortably for you, and have the data available for the next cycle.
I had long annovulatory cycles, but was able to conceive naturally. It just took a little while longer than I’d originally hoped.
Post # 5
I haven’t been in your situation, but I’ve heard of women with PCOS having a lot of luck with primal/paleo diets, especially while TTC. Might be something to look into.
Post # 6
I always had a “feeling” that I wouldn’t get pregnant easily. We have been trying since August but I have had really long/irregular periods after coming off of the pill. I dealt with it for as long as I could before the wonderful bee’s on here convinced me it was worth talking to my doctor about, and it was. She reffered me to a specialist who has been absolutely wonderful. He diagnosed me with hypothyroid as well as PCOS which I had not been diagnosed with before. He has monitored me very closely and is very optimistic that he’ll be able to get us pregnant with a little “help”. Since seeing him at the beginning of January, I’ve been put on Metformin, thyroxine and will be starting my first round of Clomid this cycle to “kick start” my ovaries 🙂
Your long cycles could very well be related to the stress, but with your other medical issues I would definitely consult your doctor if you can and see if you can get a game plan in action for when you start TTC.
Good luck and keep us posted! I don’t doubt for a second you will be able to concieve (there are amazing things out there to help us get PG!) but definitely start looking into maybe getting a referral to a specialist who can help you through your PCOS / irregular cycles and make sure there isn’t something more serious going on. You may just need a little support to get your family started! Charting is also WONDERFUL and I highly recommend it. Come to the Charters thread and join us, it’s a great way to know exactly what’s going on with your body 🙂 🙂
Post # 7
StaceyA What a lovely post Thank you so much, I really needed to hear that. I’ve had previous tests and ultrasound scans done before, but they only showed that I had pcos.
SapphireSun / Pollywog This post came on the back of the trip to the doctors I had this morning, he was a bit dismissive “a lot of women with pcos and an underactive thyroid don’t have any issues getting pregnant”… When I asked if I could be refered for tests he basically pointed out that I’ve had the previous tests done (about 3 years ago) and there wouldn’t be any point doing more until I’d been ttc for a year. I understand that actually trying for a while before assuming anything is wrong is the right thing to do, but after speaking with him it didn’t exactly feel me with optimism.
abbyful Thanks Abbyful, I’ll definately check that out.
Post # 8
I really sympathise with what you are going through, I also have PCOS and have never had regular periods.
The worst thing I did was to go on the pill when I was younger which masked a lot of my symptoms and made me gain a huuuge amount of weight. I stopped taking it and fought a mighty battle of the flab to get to an acceptable weight but have been lazy of late and gained a lot really quickly.
I think relaxing about it is the first step. You’ve had so much on your plate in the last few months that it’s no wonder your body is reacting.
See a specialist and see what they say, my Dr told me to TTC for a year before worrying which is so much easier said than done, if after that you still have problems there are lots of options and drugs to help you ovulate.
I think keeping positive and healthy (in mind and body) are key.