Post # 1
Just switched obgyns for insurance reasons and my new doctor mentioned that I may have pcos. I knew it was a possibility honestly, but hearing it from a doctor really is sinking in. I still need to wait on some test results to be sure, but I am curious what happens now. She told me there are many ways to handle it (or some other hormonal imbalance), but we really want to get pregnant soon, so this is stressful! My cycles are kind of strange after coming off BC but I chalked that up to my body getting balanced again. However, it’s been almost a year. I also have a hard time losing weight, have ance that definitely flares up on a hormonal cycle, have facial hair issues (my tweezers are my bff), and had a ruptured ovarian cyst in the past.
Doc mentioned that if I do have it, that medication might be needed, but also possibly not. Anyone else have a pcos diagnosis while ttc? What did you do to help? Lifestyle changes? How long did it take to get pregnant? Anyone have multiples due to medication? ( i was told that’s a possibility). Any side effects from meds? What should I be doing?? Thank u!
Post # 2
I was diagnosed with PCOS in May when we had started ttc. I was prescribed metformin 500mg a day and to go back on birth control for three months to “reset” my system. I did this and once off the birth control immediately started ttc again. It took us three cycles and now I am pregnant!!! So amazing after receiving the diagnosis of PCOS and expecting to go see a reproductive endocrinologist after 3 cycles of trying. So there is hope!! I lost weight while on metformin, but that was my only side effect.
Post # 3
blushbee: congrats!! Its nice to see such a quick result! I actually need to lose about 25lbs (in a perfect world at least), so hopefully if I do have it and am perscribed metformin, that I will have the same side effect. Enjoy your pregnancy!
Post # 4
Check this out! Might be wirth a try! Wouldnt hurt to try..
Beating PCOS while TTC by going Gluten Free
Post # 5
Definitely Metformin! And weight loss. Even if you happen to be (like I was) only 10 or so lbs over a healthy BMI, losing that weight will make a huge difference!
ETA: Weightloss for me was not a side effect of the Met. I did Weight Watchers.
Post # 6
It took us over 18 months of fertility treatments to get pregnant. We are expecting fraternal twins this may/June. The oral medications didn’t work for me (clomid and femara) so we had to do injectable medications (gonal f and ovidrel) combined with iui. We were lucky enough to get pregnant after our first iui. I have always been slightly overweight, despite good eating habits and working out, I just made sure to stay healthy during our ttc journey. For what it’s worth regarding that link about gluten free curing pcos – I have been gluten free for a long time due to a medical condition and it did not change anything so take that with a grain of salt!
Post # 7
wineplease: I eat super healthy, exercise regularly, but am still overweight, so I am hoping my doc has some thoughts on this. Doc did say that losing even 5-10lbs might stimulate ovulation though – so i just need to figure out how to do it!
nicolervt89: congrats on twins!!! I’m trying to just be open to any options, but not set on timelines or specific methods. It’s hard, though!
Post # 8
palchicka: I have PCOS too and TTC as well. I have to tell you – everyone with PCOS has a different experience. And it all depends on your own body and how you respond. I was put on Metformin for 2 years and lost maybe 5 lbs in total. But nothing changed with my cycle.
I’m on Prometrium in order to get AF, then I take Clomid from day 5-10, then around day 14 I get a shot of Ovridrel to force ovulation. I don’t ovulate on my own.
Because my PCOS is so bad, I actually respond really well to the Clomid. I had 8 follicles last cycle. 6 of them turned into Cysts (SUPER painful!!!) and so we have to take a break this month.
I’ve been seeing a fertility doctor for about 6 months now and still no baby. We actually haven’t been able to actually try yet. The first 2 months were monitoring and confirming diagnosis (even though my Endrocronologist diagnosed me years ago). Then we got married so we didn’t do any treatment for that month – just too much stress happening! Then last month we did the Clomid but were told under no circumstances should we try and get pregnant due to the large amounts of follicles ready to go. We would for sure end up with multiples (like possibly 8 babies at once if they all were fertilized). And this month they won’t give me meds because of the cysts. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
A friend in a similar situation gave me great advice when taking the meds – take them at night before bed. You’ll sleep through any side effects. I felt totally normal while taking them.
And there is a huge possibility about having multiples. Your doctor will tell you that you have a 7-8% chance of multiples. BUT what they don’t tell you is that you only have a 20% chance of concieving every month. 7-8% of that successful 20% on fertility meds are multiples. So if you do get pregnant, its just under a 50% chance of having more than one. You really have to be okay with having more than one at a time. They actually make you sign something saying you understand the risks. Good luck!