Post # 1
After a few months of wonky cycles (over 60 days), I was officially diagnosed with PCOS last night. My Darling Husband and I have only been trying since April and weren’t planning on seeing a doctor until we had tried for at least a year without success however, I had some very bad stomach/pelvic pains a couple of weeks ago which led to me seeing my family doctor and naturopath and ended up speeding up the entire process while trying to figure out what was causing the pain. They actually believe that the stomach pain I had and PCOS are completely unconnected, just a coincidence so we are grateful to have gotten answers early on in the process.
I was put on a few different natural herbs to help regulate my cycles and also need to lose weight. It was alot of information to absorb so I thought I’d start a thread for fellow pcos-ers to share their stories, advice on what worked and what didn’t etc. I’m sure there are other topics similiar but I didn’t find any recently.
I’ll start by saying that Dong Quai tastes AWFUL but apparently really works. Anyone else currently trying this?
Post # 2
I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early 20’s–and I am now 40. I suggest you do some reading on PCOS, as there is a ton of information out there regarding PCOS and infertility. PCOS usuallly has an insulin resistence component to it, and usually the only way to rectify that is with medication. Talk to your Dr. about Metformin. Start a low carb diet to regulate your insulin levels. There are some good message boards out there to connect with PCOS sisters at all different points on the fertility path. Take it easy, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself!
Depending on where you are located, I would find a good endocrinologist, as well as a fertility specialist that specializes with PCOS patients. Do not despair–there is definitely hope! My Dr told me that with the severity of my PCOS symptoms, she didn’t really think I would ever get pregnant. With some very modest weight loss, as well as ovarian monitoring and the magic of science (I used a “trigger shot” to make my ovaries ovulate) I was pregnant on my first try. My baby just turned 9. 🙂
The only other think I will add, is that because PCOS is an endocrine (read hormonal and chemical) imbalance, you may want to do some more extensive research and reading into the herbal supplements you are taking. Often times they are super active estrogen complexes which will actually contribute to your PCOS symptoms and lack of ovulation. Women with PCOS have a lot of unopposed estrogen in their bodies, and they don’t get the progesterone surge that makes them ovulate, so taking supplements with an active estrogen complex just adds to that. Just my 2 cents.
Best of luck to you!
Post # 3
septcountrybride : I’m borderline PCOS and although not officially diagnosed that’s what my OB thinks I have. With longer cycles, short LP, high blood pressure, and a progesterone deficiency. Anyway, we did manage to get pregnant our second round of Clomid but lost that pregnancy due to low progesterone. So for us Clomid (and now progesterone) are hopefully the long term ticket.
Post # 4
I am 25 with PCOS and short LP (11days) but normal cycles. I’m on metformin to regulate my sugar, I am insulin resistant. We are on cycle 2 of ttc, so I am really just here for support!
Post # 5
I was diagnosed with pcos at age 17 (27 now) and we had to use injectable fertility drugs and iui in order to conceive our twin boys! It took just over 18 months to conceive, we got to skip the 1 year of trying on our own because we new I had pcos and I only got a period about once a year. I was overweight but had worked to lose some weight prior to conceiving and I was never put on any medication for the pcos. It was a very emotional journey but so worth it to have our boys! And FWIW I’m 10 weeks postpartum and have already had two periods! Good luck!