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I'm a TTC#1 board regular, but here's what brings me here:
We've been TTC for 7 months (before this, had unprotected sex with only withdrawal as protection - for 6 years!) with no luck.
I just saw a dr who, after looking at my charts (irregular/long cycles, LOTS of spotting, very short LP 7-9 days, some annovulatory cycles) immediately suggested I might have PCOS. She also based this on my breakout on the lower half of my face, and the fact that I have hair growing there (sorry TMI).
She sent me for a full bloodwork and vaginal sonogram to rule out PCOS, which I'll be doing this weekend. She said if her hunch is confirmed, she'll put me on Chlomid to make me drop an egg every month.
So I wanted to ask you ladies, since you might know a lot on this topic - do my symptoms sound like I might have PCOS? And what is the difference between Chlomid and Metformin? Can you give me any other words of advice?
Welcome! I'm Kaleigh (23) DB is Chris (24) we have been TTC #1 since July. I was dx'd when I was 15.
Your symptoms do sound like PCOS, but it is not the end of the world! We have had several ladies on here in just the last few months get their s!
Clomid is a medication to help you ovulate by stimulating your ovaries, Metformin was originally made for diabetics. One of the possible symptoms of PCOS is insulin resistance (IR). IR is usually a pre-cursor for diabetes. Not all women with PCOS have IR, I am one that does not have it. Metformini (Met) has shown to help regulate women with IR sugars, which has proven it can help you ovulate on your own.
The only advice I have is to not give up! PCOS is something that some drs say has been either mis-diagnosed, or just never found in a lot of women. There are some really amazing drs out there, dont settle! I had a terrible dr before I was even TTC, but I switched a few months before and I have never been happier. She couldnt get me to ovulate, but because I was dx'd with PCOS, she didnt make me wait to see an RE, she referred me to yet another amazing dr who finally just gave me my first + opk today so I will be ovulating. Find a dr you are comfortable working with, and dont be afraid to do some research on your own as well.
I hope you will stick around, we would love to be here to answer any questions and cant wait til you get your .
BTW I love your predictions!!
Missing our little "Duckie" since 06-22-09
Last edited by *Mrs.J.2011*; June 3rd, 2009 at 01:49 PM.
& I'm Jen (29) & DH Joy (38). We've been TTC #1 for over a year and a half now. I was dx'd w/ PCOS in Sept 08. All the ladies here are wonderful and very knowledgeable.
I wanted to add one thing about Metformin. I'm thin and my Endo believes that it really doesn't matter if you have IR or not, he feels the tests are not very accurate either and one of the many benefits of using it is that it helps lower your testosterone. Mine was of course over the normal limit and I wasn't ovulating at all, right after I started Met I ovulated. I seem to be ovulating every cycle now but just REALLY late so I've moved on to Clomid. But Metformin was a great starting point for me.
bliss (I'm not sure of your real name) But I just wanted to encourage you...DH and I used the pull and pray method for 5 years...no baby...have been trying for just over a year, and with the help of Met...got my as you know...I'm not saying Met will work for you on it's own, but I really hope that your RE will get you what you do need to get your The girls here are great!!! They are very informative, and helpful!! Even though my stay here was short...they welcomed me openly!!
Welcome to the board. I hope that your doctor is able to help you based on the results. You've been given some great information so I won't add anything to it other than my baby is from my 2nd round of 50mg of Clomid. Definitely don't give up.
PCOS is not the end of the world... as I've said many times, it doesn't make conception impossible, just more interesting.
A good place to start for looking at PCOS symptoms and info is the sticky at the top of this board. There's some links there to other sites that offer info on what you can do at home to help things along, various medical treatments and facts about the syndrome.
I would talk to the doctor about trying metformin first instead of the clomid. Many women have great success with metformin alone (I'm one of them) and metformin has been shown to lower the risk of miscarriage in women with PCOS.
Welcome to the board and never worry about sharing too much info or asking what might seem like the silliest questions. We've all been there and we know what it's like.
Thanks everyone for your support. I'm reading up on pcos and noticing a lot of my symptoms... I have had all this nasty hair growing on parts of my body that it shouldn't be, and I'm going through painful and time demanding removal DAILY! Also have gained weight that I have problem losing even though I eat healthy and exercise regularly.
Hope the doctors can help me out... Do I need to see a specialist if pcos is confirmed, or is obgyn enough?
You can see a reproductive endocrinologist, but if your OB is well-informed then that will be enough. It will also depend on how aggressive they need to be though. If you need more invasive procedures to do things like remove problem cysts or help you get pregnant then you'll need an RE.
I started with my ob/gyn we did 2 rounds of 50mg of clomid and my body did not respond, she felt for me it would be best to move on to an RE which is who I see now. This cycle we did 100mg clomid with Ovidrel hcg trigger shot (last night) and an IUI tomorrow. I would say def start with your ob/gyn as long as you are comfortable with him/her and go from there!
I started with my regular doctor. He started me on the met and was surprisingly up-to-date on PCOS treatments and info. Later, my Gyno upped my dosage (or rather, *I* upped my dosage and she agreed it was ok) and the very next month, when I went to get my latest blood test results, we were pregnant!
Glad to see you here! I couldn't agree more that Metformin seems to benefit most women with PCOS, regardless of whether or not your doctor thinks you're IR. My doctor said no, but I had hypoglycemic symptoms all my life, and uncontrollable sugar and carb cravings before starting Met. They have improved very significantly! I've heard the test to determine IR is very unreliable.
It can be difficult and expensive to find a good RE (a lot of insurance companies don't cover RE visits) so make sure you do LOTS of research on your own. Unfortunately, we really have to be our own advocates. OB/GYNs do not specialize in reproductive endocrinology disorders. By the end of this, you will probably know more about PCOS than your OB does. Neither of 2 doctors I've seen told me about the higher risk for miscarriage with PCOS (reduced by the Metformin). I had to learn that for myself and ASK for Met. One just seemed to want to put me on Clomid and call it good, and I would like to avoid the Clomid if at all possible.
I have a friend with PCOS who got regular cycles with Met but still wasn't ovulating, so she took 1 round of Clomid (along with Met, which she stayed on through her 1st trimester) and now has a healthy son! I know I've rambled a bit, but in short, we all have different symptoms and levels of severity with our PCOS... don't be afraid to be your own advocate and go with your gut!
Hi and ! Seems I am late to the party! LOL! I am Jill (31) and DH is Joe (31) and we have one DS who is 12 years old. I think all the other ladies have said everything I would already! I love this board! I wanted to add that I am just seeing an OB right now. For me to go to an RE would be a 4 hour drive in any direction. So far between his knowledge and mine and my insistance on advocating for myself we have made HUGE strides! I am ovulating regularly for the first time in my LIFE!! I have all the hope in the world and every reason to beleive that I will get my with the help of my OB. I wish you all the luck in the world with getting your as quickly and easily as possible!!
Thank you so much AlexAiden Mommy for my beautiful siggie!!