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Offline Courtney_jo

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PCOS & TTC
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:49:27 PM »
So I thought I would start a new page for anyone who has got pcos, or worried they may have it, can share questions, or help to control PCOS. It would be nice to find out how you are trying to conceive.. so for me, I do have regular periods but I have never been able to fall pregnant so the doctors have just put me on metformin to try and conceive, has anyone been on this medication? I also try to stick to organic food as I've read the hormone they inject in animals/fruit/veg etc can effect my hormones, I also try and go yoga 2 times a week as I've heard it can keep your stress levels down which plays a big part on your hormone levels.

I'm hear to listen to anyone's thoughts or worries! (I am not a doctor but someone that's suffering with this condition and trying to conceive)

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 07:14:16 AM »
It's my first post to this site! We have been TTC for the past three years. I suffer from PCOS also. We have tried a lot of different treatments but none have so far been successful. I don't suffer from all the symptoms of PCOS but do have irregular periods and often without ovulation. I have been on metformin now since November. However this isn't a fertility drug it is an insulin blocker which helps to regulate PCOS as it is an insulin resistance issue. According to my current consultant (I've changed a few times ☺️) this works best in conjunction with a very low carb diet. I have found a couple of books on the issue and they all say something similar. On the up side I've lost a lot of weight in the process

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 11:17:46 AM »
Hi girls, great idea starting a pcos thread. I've just been diagnosed last month. I'm 29 about to turn 30 in a week or so and I have irregular cycles ranging from 30-46 days. I have normal hormone levels and a BMI of 19-20 but 25 or more follicles in each ovary. I got pg in October 2016 naturally but sadly had to have a termination at 11w as the baby wasn't forming properly. I've been TTC since then 5 months. I am having day 3 and day 21 bloods done this cycle to see if I'm ovulating and have an appointment to see the fertility specialist at the start of June when it will be six months trying since the loss.
I'm feeling pretty low at the moment since I'm on my period. How are you girls doing with TTC?

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Re: PCOS & TTC
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Offline Courtney_jo

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 01:19:27 PM »
Hi guys, did you suffer with any symptoms when you first started metformin, I'm currently on 1000mg and found nausea, headaches, tiredness and now heart burn a bit of a struggle but with each day, it is getting easier! JMC have they tried you on  clomid? I heard that can help with ovulation? Have they tested your ovulation? I've heard a low carb diet can have a good impact on pcos! Losing weight is a stepping stone to conceiving, I would like to lose a couple extra pounds! Thank you ally, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, and sorry to hear your feeling low, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, especially trying for a while, will be interesting to find out if your ovulating, Fingers crossed! weve been TTC for about a year but was trying naturally but because nothing happened, we decided to go to the doctor who's put me on metformin, I have to see her In a couple of weeks for a review, she said to see how it goes for 6 months and if nothing happens we have to see a firtilty specialist, but I'm going to find out if I can test for ovulation as I don't personally don't think I am! How you feeling about going to a fertility specialist?

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 04:13:32 PM »
I just realised the app cut my post short the last time. Ally sorry to hear about your loss. I have done two full cycles of clomid. Sometimes it worked to bring on ovulation others it didn't. However at the time I wasn't being treated specifically for PCOS. I had awful symptoms on clomid. However I've been fine since starting metformin no real symptoms. I am also taking letrezole which is similar to clomid and seems to be working a bit better to stimulate ovulation. I've had a surgical laprocospy and ovarian drilling earlier this year which is supposed to help. We are trying not to get too stressed about it. My OH is better than me

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 04:19:19 PM »
Oh I forgot to say I went to a fertility doctor very early as I have a family history of PCOS and fertility issues. It took me three to find someone that is treating me the way I wanted and actually treating the PCOS and not just trying to get me to conceive.

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 05:35:29 PM »
Hey, ladies! I actually just found out last month that I have PCOS. I hadn't been getting my period for some months and so decided to go ahead & schedule my well woman exam. Come to find out, I've got PCOS. After that, the next step was for me to wait for a period and then get bloodwork done on different days of my cycle, Day 3 and Day 21. The Day 21 test was to see my progesterone level, which could tell us if I ovulated or not. My progesterone was too low so my doc told me to wait until I get my period again and then come in so she can put me on Clomid. Fast forward a few days, I am currently on Cycle Day 9, I've taken Clomid from Day 5 to today, now all that is left is to baby dance with hubby and hope for a BFP! Even conceiving twins would be nice lol! Sike, I think I'd be a little scared to have twins idk. I am really hoping this works and if not this cycle, I wonder how many cycles before I finally get that bundle of joy!

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2017, 05:50:06 PM »
Courtney I'm feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing actually. I guess it's only just sinking in that I'm unlikely to get pregnant without assistance despite having already fallen pg naturally in the past. I'm almost certain I'm not ovulating and tbh I hope the bloods show I'm not. I'm worried the Dr will make me keep trying without giving me Clomid if he sees that I've ovulated.
Jmc it all sounds very scary what you've been going through. I hope it all works.
One of you, I can't remember who mentioned that you're glad you're having the symptoms of pcos treated rather than just the infertility but can I ask what symptoms? The only two symptoms I seem to have is irregular cycles and infertility.

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2017, 06:04:58 PM »
Yeah I seem to have PCOS in my family also. I have a cousin my age with PCOS as well. She was put on Metformin and she's gotten pregnant a few times but she can't seem to sustain a pregnancy, she always ends up miscarrying. It's very saddening. She is really overweight and the doctors are saying she may need to lose weight first. As for me, my doc tested me to see if I would need Metformin or not. She said I don't need Metformin and that she would put me on the Clomid because I'm not insulin resistant so no issues there. I just don't get my period every month and don't seem to be ovulating.

I'm 21 going on 22 years old, I've been married for almost 3 years now and am so ready to conceive!

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2017, 01:06:26 AM »
Ally that was me. My main symptoms would be irregular periods (anything from 30-90 days) and not ovulating and extra follicles. I'm not carrying too much excess weight etc. The main reason for those symptoms is insulin resistance according to my now doctor. What I was told was that if I didn't get the insulin resistance under control that even with medication ovulation would be sporadic and if I did manage to get pg that there would be a higher chance of miscarraige. It's impossible to tell if this will work but we are staying positive.

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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2017, 06:24:44 AM »
Jmc how do you stay positive? I'm in such a negative place at the moment and can't seem to stop comparing myself to all my friends with babies or who are pregnant. I know it's unhelpful but it's like poking a bruise. Maybe deep down I like being sad.

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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2017, 07:33:15 AM »
Ally I totally understand. It's really hard when everyone around you seems to be able to get pregnant without issue! I have the same and it is a struggle to stay positive. I have family members who struggled for years with the same issues and were all lucky enough to have healthy children in the end so that definitely helps me. To be fair my husband is really good. He stays so upbeat about everything that it gets a bit infectious. But it's ok to be sad sometimes too! I go between but try not to stay there too long!

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2017, 09:46:36 AM »
I was diagnosed with PCOS around 10 years ago at the age of 21, i was in a long term relationship and trying to conceive with no luck - something i am glad about now as the ex was definitely not Mr Right. I did not get pregnant until i began a Ketogenic diet in 2014. Up until then i thought it was impossible. I think the low carb (particularly low sugar) diets are really good for helping with PCOS. Unfortunately i miscarried, i had no idea i was pregnant and probably could have looked after myself better had i known, but realising i could concieve without medication has given me so much hope for the future. I'm not actively trying to conceive at the moment but it's never too far from my mind. I have definitely struggled with depression and anxiety in the past because of it, and finding the strength to be happy for friends and family when they get pregnant can be difficult.

My GP has advised that because im now over 30, as soon as i am ready to try, i can be referred to a specialist if needs be. I don't have many symptoms, but irregular periods (either months apart, or bleeding for weeks at a time) have been a struggle. After being on a Ketogenic diet & going to the gym a few times a week my weight went down and my periods were like clockwork. It's not the easiest diet to follow, and since giving it up i have regained what i lost as well as the irregular periods, but it's one that i want to return to and i would recommend trying. The best advice (though sometimes the hardest thing to follow) is to try not to get stressed, stress messes with your hormones anyway & that's the last thing you want if your hormones are already unbalanced due to PCOS. Try to find ways to relax and refocus your mind elsewhere - i conceived at a time when pregnancy was the last thing on my mind. It's easier said than done, but stay hopeful.

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2017, 12:03:34 PM »
Wow JMC ovarian drilling.. i haven't heard of that one before? I hope it helps though! Ally Ive been where you are, when I was 15 and found out I had pcos the nurse told me that I will never be able to have children.. it broke my heart! After reasearch and different doctors appt im more positive, I don't think it will be easy and as much as I would love it be a natural process, I know it won't, I'm even talking to my OH about the different IVF treatments because I feel like that would be the only way for me.. and he is even telling me to calm down, saying it might happen without that! But that's why this forum is good, you can talk to people that have been/ are still going through the process of trying to conceive with pcos! I know I need this, it's actually nice to talk to someone who has pcos as no one I know has, and so far my friends and family are falling pregnant and it is hard to see! Qiyahboo95 I hope the clomid works, have you had any symptoms with it? Haha twins.. what a thought, I've always wanted twins but I think I would have my hands full lol. LDN86 what is a ketogentic diet? It is hard, controlling pcos isn't just a easy diet it's sadly a lifetime change! I'm trying to keeping my weight down and eating whole grains/organic foods but so easy to jump off track, I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage, are you TTC now or are you just trying to manage PCOS? 

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Re: PCOS & TTC
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2017, 12:12:03 PM »
But ally if you can pick your self up and stay positive it might help, sometimes you can be stressed without realising.. and stress surprising has a big impact on our hormones! I know someone who tried for years and nothing happened, sex become more of a Chore than fun, they finally took a break and went away for a bit, and fell pregnant on holiday because they didn't think about TTC they just relaxed and it happened! I know it's not always easy as that, and I really do understand how your feeling, but we are here  to help and listen