(Closed) TTC with PCOS- Timelines

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I honestly didn’t and still don’t have a time line.  I’m working to get my body into the best shape that I can so that I can hopefully carry my next pregnancy to term.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Did the RE recommend one year if clomid? Usually they will only do clomid for 6 months, if it hasn’t worked by then the chances of it working after that are pretty slim. One of the side effects of multiple rounds of clomid is thinned uterine lining. That happened to me after only 4 rounds of clomid.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

@katiebugbug:  I haven’t discussed with a doctor, but my personal timeline is: 

-So far, five months unmedicated with no success in a sticky baby (one miscarriage).

-Started Metformin, would like to go five more months on just that with good timing.

-If no sticky BFP by December, then I will start the plan outlined by an OB/GYN that I meet with in September. I will follow his plan to the T (which includes Clomid), if no BFP in six months with him, then I will move on to another infertility gynecologist.

-Prior to moving to IUI, I would like to try again for 3-4 more cycles of no medicine as a last ditch effort.

-IUI (up to two times) from there.

-IVF (up to three times).

-Adopt.

Ideally… We will get pregnant in August or October, those are the months it’s most likely to happen with my husband’s work schedule, and we won’t have to do any of that!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@katiebugbug:  Our plans are to try up until the end of the year and then discuss with a doctor. I have very long cycles so I dont know how many actual times that will be this year πŸ™
My doctor told me she thinks I have PCOS but refused to test for it until I had been TTC for +6 months, annoying..  

 @ChuckNorris:  I am hoping its August for you and you can forget the plan πŸ™‚ 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Sea_bass:  PCOS can be pretty complicated to diagnose. You basically have to rule out all other diseases that can cause the same symptoms. My sister, who was diagnosed with PCOS in her late teens, had to try naturally for 6 months after coming off BCP before she could receive any kind of infertility treatment. If you are missing periods (and are not pregnant) you need to ask your doctor how long it is safe to go without one. My sister went 4 months with no period (and no pregnancy) and her doctor told her that she shouldn’t go longer than 30 or 40 days without a period (doc prescribed some meds to start her periods when she couldn’t get them naturally). I don’t think diagnosis of PCOS is really important in terms of getting pregnant either. My sis’s SIL had problems conceiving for no apparant reason, and her Dr.’s course of action was very similar to my sister’s.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@WoodenShoes:  Its normal for me to go wayyyyyyyy over 40 days without a period. Sometimes 6 months! My doctor knows this and still wont do any investigation into why until we have been TTC for 6 months. I am trying not to focus on it and just hope I gat a period soon so that I can actively try the next cycle πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sea_bass:  I’d look into switching doctors.  It’s unhealthy to go more then 3 months without having AF.  Your lining can build up to unhealthy levels.  If your OB refuses to address that issue, then seriously look into other OB’s!!  That has NOTHING to do with ttc and EVERYTHING to do with staying healthy.  Well ok and it does have something to do with ttc, but that’s not the important factor here atm.  πŸ˜›

ETA:  Ask about getting a serial prescription for Prometrium (or Provera although personally I’m not a fan of Provera since it can’t be safely taken during pregnancy), so that you can make sure you are cycling every 6 weeks or so.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dodgercpkl:  Thank you! I might look into switching doctors. I never bothered about it in the past and it is now bothering us we we are TTC and it hampers the opportunities to do so. I was lazy in the past and never noted when AF actually came. I am keeping track of it now and hope to be able to go back to the doctor and show her how irregular it is. I know the longest I went without it was 8 months! I was still a virgin then and was petrified I had somehow fallen pregnant! Gahhhh!! 
 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Sea_bass:    No prob!  I didn’t know it was a problem either until I started ttc.  Granted my periods had always been relatively regular – I only skipped a period 2x’s prior to going on bc, but once I came off of bc, I went 17 months without a natural cycle and the first year of that I only had ONE cycle that was brought on by Provera.  That was when I realized that not all OB’s are created equally.  That first OB, like yours, didn’t listen to my symtoms.  Granted she didn’t even suggest PCOS despite my history of irregular and very very very heavy bleed cycles.  

I realized that I didn’t trust her and started looking around.  I found a new OB who was amazing and got me to an Endocrinologist who tested me for and diagnosed me with PCOS.  The new OB is the one who told me that it was unhealthy to go for more the 3 months without a cycle and gave me a prescription to Prometrium with instructions to take it every 6 weeks if my cycle didn’t come on it’s own.

I know exactly how frustrating it is to keep waiting for another chance and/or wasting tests in the hopes that just maybe you might be pregnant.  *hugs*  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!  I’ve been through pretty much the whole gamut when it comes to PCOS!  πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dodgercpkl:  Amazing thank you so much!!!!! This is such great info!!! I felt so gutted when I got back from the doctors as I just felt like I was completely ignored. I know my body and I certainly felt going for such long periods without erm a period (no pun intended!) was slightly abnormal. I am going to see how long this cycle is then start to shop around for another doc. We have just started TTC this month and I am so hoping I get my period soon. I am the opposite of all other bees on the TTC board right now. I keep willing those cramps to come so that I can hopefully ovulate next cycle!! 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hah!  I know what you mean.  I’ve spent more time on my 2+ years of ttc wishing for a period then I have wishing for AF to stay away sad to say.  I hope your journey is MUCH faster then mine has been.  If you don’t mind me saying though, I wouldn’t wait.  I’d start shopping around.  You can wait to switch if you want, but start shopping.  Ask friends, co-workers and family for any recommendations.  That’s how I found the new OB.  πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dodgercpkl:  Thats the thing. No one knows we are TTC.. None of my close Girlfriend are married or TTC and we know tons of people who do have kids but they are all Darling Husband friends wives and I dont really feel like asking them as they might not keep it to themselves. I know it sounds silly but I dont want anyone to know as if it takes time I would prefer not everyone knew about our struggles. 

2+ years of TTC. I am hoping its your time very very soon!  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d just tell say that you are concerned with your cycle, the potential that it could be unhealthy, and that you are starting to feel uncomfortable with your current OB because you don’t feel that he/she is that concerned about your health.  You don’t have to mention anything about ttc at all.  In fact you could just simply tell people that you’ve lost faith in your OB because he/she doesn’t seem all that concerned with your health with no mention of cycles.  Consider that if you DO have PCOS that could have further ramifications for YOU as an individual later in life.  For instance it typically means that you have some level of insulin resistance which can lead to pre-diabetes and eventually to diabetes.  It could likely mean that you are gluten intolerant and are harming yourself and your health with what you are eating.  PCOS is far from something that is just going to affect ttc – I view it as a doorway to figuring out a healthier way of life (and consequently a better old age!) for me.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dodgercpkl:  Great advice! I am going to make it my mission πŸ™‚ 

 

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