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23/07/2013 at 13:24
Hello there :)
Problem? PCOS, no regularly monthly bleed.
I'm at my wits end. My partner and myself have been TTC for 6months, but without a regular cycle, I find it impossible to check my ovulation etc.
Doctors have said I have PCOS, but my blood work doesn't match up to the typical results showing Polycystic Ovaries, so, just the Syndrome :/
I feel awful, run down all the time. All I've wanted for...ever! is a little baby to call my own. I yearn for motherhood, and spend as much time as I can with my nieces and nephew, heartbroken when our time together comes to an end.
Is there ANYTHING I can do?!
23/07/2013 at 13:31
Honestly, be patient. It's the only thing you can do!
You sound like me, I don't have natural cycles either. Are you overweight? Providing your BMI is ok, your GP will most likely refer you to fertility in a couple of months and tere is lots they can try to get you ovulating regularly.
It all takes time though. So be patient. Get the ball rolling at the GP, but don't become obsessed with it or it will get you down. Once you've done your bit with the GP, just get on with your life until you next appointment comes round. It will make you feel more human :-)
23/07/2013 at 13:42
Thanks, Ducky. I do struggle with my weight, but that issue is being addressed, I've been to the GYN, and she says there's no reason why I shouldn't conceive even though I am a bit overweight. I guess it is just a case of waiting :/
23/07/2013 at 13:44
& now I find out two kids, under 18, are having a baby and everyone is "so pleased" for their parents >.< It's like life is taunting me sometimes.
23/07/2013 at 13:48
Hey Sadie, I'm 25 and haven't been diagnosed with anything (yet) but I also don't have regular bleeds and have been TTC'ing for 9 months now with no success.
Do you have periods still but irregular or no periods at all? I find the irregularity really difficult to deal with, my cycles vary from 40 - 85 days so pinpointing whether or not ovulation has happened is really difficult. If you are having irregular ones you might find temping helps, I've been temping since the start of this year and it's reassuring to know that I am ovulating and gives me more hope that something may eventually happen. It can be annoying waking up at the same time every day but after you've been doing it a few weeks it just becomes part of the routine.
Some people like opk's and I tried them last cycle but because my length is unknown it meant I spent an entire month peeing on a stick daily and I absolutely hated it, won't be doing that again!
23/07/2013 at 13:52
I have one period every...4-6 months. It's impossible to track my cycle so I don't know where/when/what/how!!! :P
I've never tried "temping" before, I presume this is tracking your temperature at the same time everyday and watching for a rise, as this indicates ovulation? Sorry, I'm new to all this forum business!
Sorry, I don't know what OPK is, but I don't like the sound of it!!! :P
23/07/2013 at 13:53
Hi Sadie - sounds familiar.
My bloods & ovaries show fine but I have the symptoms of PCOS.
I didn't have 'regular' bleeds for about 9 months after coming off dianette (which I was on to mask my PCOS symptoms)
Since then (May 2012) I have been having 34-39 day cycles so try not to stress, they will settle & appear.
Like you I am trying to lose weight, be healthy, happy for others..its hard :(
23/07/2013 at 13:57
Temping is when you take your body temp first thing upon waking each day, it won't help you know when to DTD but it'll help you pinpoint if/when ovulation has occured as it will show three temp rises in a row followed by a sustained higher temp until the point your period arrives. It helps you to know when your period is going to be due and thus when to do a pregnancy test. Otherwise I find in long cycles you keep doing them 'just in case' because you don't know when anything is meant to be happening. You log the temp each day into an app on your phone (alot of ladies used fertility friend) and then it'll track your temps and tell you when ovulation has occured. You can use the basic temp tracker for free but there is the option of paying for a subscription to get extra bits and bobs (I've stuck with free one).
OPK's are the lil ovulation sticks/strips that you pee on/dip in a pot of pee, they are supposed to show two lines with one darker than the other when ovulation is happening and enable you to know when to DTD, however I found them incredibly disheartening and misleading. Only so many days in a row you can get a stick with a single line before you go crazy!
23/07/2013 at 14:01
I might try temping then. I'll have a look and see how to do it properly and see if that gets me anywhere. I guess it's just frustrating. There's only so long you can go until you start blaming yourself, or, worse, I started blaming my partner, but, thankfully, we got past that with the help of the doctors.
Thanks for your help, thank you.
23/07/2013 at 14:15
I think most doctors won't take things any further until you've been trying for at least 1 year anyway Sadie, regardless of known fertility issues x
23/07/2013 at 18:12
My sister suffers with this & has really struggled with her weight. I believe her hubby to be has some fertility issues of sort as well. She was told that it would be hard for her to conceive (having tried for over a year) & then it turned out that she already pregnant naturally. I have another friend who was TTC for about 9 months with PCOS & conceived naturally. So it does happen. As others have said doctors don't much to help before a year of trying but there are lots of success stories around x
23/07/2013 at 18:30
I really hope so :/
I'm desperate for a family.
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