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27/05/2014 at 10:21
Completely forgot yesterday was Monday so no topic was posted! This weeks discussion topic is 'PCOS and ttc'.
For anyone new joining us, we have a list of topics that we will pick one from every week and discuss - the list of topics & poll are here: http://mumdrum.com/f/29/t/17538.aspx
I'm afraid I have very limited knowledge of PCOS - I do know it stands for Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome and can cause anovulatory cycles (absence of ovulation) so, with that in mind, I'll open it up to everyone to pop on their comments/share their experiences with us.
Over to you :)
27/05/2014 at 10:41
I have PCOS was diagnosed at 17 (25 now) I can still remember the day I was told it felt like my chances of having a baby had dropped down to zero.
I have all the symptoms overweight, spots, extra body hair.
They reccomend a low GI diet but I really couldnt get on with it..so a few years ago I joined slimming world and was well on the way to loosing 3 stone zo dont think you are just limited too low GI diets.
I am also currently pregnant for the second time.. so it can be achieved without medical intervention. ? All because another user posted about inositol (Google Inositol and PCOS) you will hear of lots of positive stories.
I have been with my husband for 4 years and pretty much unprotected for all of that tine..we had no sniff of a bfp..often long cycles and missing afs but they turned up eventually!
A month after our weddibg I started tge inositol and the following month I got my bfp, I sadly lost him in December but was having very wonky bleeding afterwards driving ladies mental on here lol. I started my inositol and got a proper peroid and then followed my bfp. Its the only thing that seems to help.
I also recconend ttemping its nice too see if and when you are ovulating and really helped me feel positive about ttc. If your not its good information to take to your GP.
Hope that has hekped someone. Xx
27/05/2014 at 13:33
I have pcos. I was on the pill for years and when I came off to start ttc my cycles became further and further apart. I went for tests and was told I wasn't ovulating and was referred to the assisted conception unit at the hospital. Two days before my first appointment I got a bfp. That was after ten months of ttc.
After having W I didn't go back on the pill as wanted to be able to monitor my cycles. Before W they were anything up to 111 days. After they were between 35 and 55 days. So not regular but lots better than I was used to.
Our second daughter was conceived on second cycle of trying.
There are lots of people out there with similar positive stories. Before you get your bfp it feels like it will never happen, but it can xx
27/05/2014 at 13:50
I have PCOS too but have no cycles whatsoever. Unfortunately when we started tests for fertility help, we also discovered my husband had sperm issues so that ruled out Clomid or similar to get me ovulating.
One of the common misconceptions is that you can't conceive - but you can! Especially if you have cycles, even irregular ones, it means you probably ovulate. Also lots of ladies without the syndrome have cysts on their ovaries and have no cycle issues and fall pregnant easily - rubbish name if you ask me!
I am overweight but luckily don't suffer from the other delights such as excess hair (yet...).
27/05/2014 at 15:09
I have PCOS, I am 37 years old and have suffered since I was 24 - main symptoms which caused concern were weight gain and excess hair, I then had a burst cyst which got me the medical attention I needed. I was prescibed mettformin which I was on the highest dose of when I conceived Molly (6 years of trying and about to start IVF but conceieved naturally). I had a blood clot in 2011 so had to come off the pill as this was the likely cause, I also used Maffanamic Acid and Transamic Acid as both helped when I did have periods which was about 4 times a year and they were horrendous, sometimes I would bleed for up to 8 weeks at a time.
we underwent tests in May of last year and were told we would not conceive without IVF so I decided that I didn't want to put the children or our relationship through the risks (I am now high risk for another clot with any hormonal treatement) and set about concentrating on me/family. I lost 8 stone between then and Christmas. Christmas Eve I was feeling ill and had all the pregnancy symptoms and it turns out I was already 7 weeks pregnant! a huge shock for us and my consultant!!
We think the weightloss kick started my fertility, it is really the only explanation. A very very happy surprise.
PCOS does not have to mean the end of of TTC, it can be a long and winding journey but try to stay positive
27/05/2014 at 22:39
I have PCOS, but none of the symptoms other than irregular cycles. Having been on the pill/had the implant since I was 16, I had no idea until we started TTC. I conceived on clomid (first time after 4 rounds, second after 1 round) and in total I was TTC for just shy of 2 years. It was hard going but we got there in the end.
If anyone has any questions, please ask x
15/07/2014 at 18:23
Hello all. I've just joined and been posting on the TTC board and someone kindly pointed me towards this thread when I mentioned that I had PCOS. To give you some background - I'm 27 and OH is 29. I got diagnosed with PCOS about 6 years ago when I had no AF for about 9 months. I'm planning to come off the pill at the end of August and just have no idea what to expect! Reading your positive stories on here gives me hope though that it will happen for us eventually. I've already convinced my self that we are going to have a long journey ahead of us! I'm sure I'll be back with more questions along the way but just wanted to say hi to start with!
16/07/2014 at 11:15
Hi Lisa Moo! As you can tell by our stories it doesn't mean you can't conceive, its just possible that it will take a bit longer. I came off the pill in July 2011, we started trying early 2012 but my cycles were all over the place. The earlier you stop the pill the better IMO as then it will have longer to be out of your system. You may be one of the lucky ones and fall quickly without any assistance - but at least you already have a diagnosis which should speed things up if you need a referral.
Loads of luck on your TTC journey! :)
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