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June 20th, 2012, 12:01 AM
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Well I don't know exactly what to say or how to say it but I'm 22 years old and was just diagnosed with PCOS. I've wanted nothing more in my life then to be a mommy. My fiance has a son from a previous relationship. We want to start trying for our own and I am terrified at how upset i will be if we are unable to on our own. Just looking for advice, words of wisdom, and just about anything any other mamas are willing to give.

Also just wondering what everyone's first step was after being unsuccessful..

Thank you so much!
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June 20th, 2012, 01:24 AM
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That sounds like my position a year ago. I am 23 (24 soon) and I have been married for a year and a half. We started trying right when we got married because we were supposed to be married 2 years ago but a deployment cancelled our first wedding date... My husband has a son from a previous marriage. I got diagnosed officially with PCOS last December but I knew I had it since my aunt and mom had it, too.. Plus, the 3-8 months between periods!! When I got off the pill I blew up and gained so much weight which I am struggling to get off now. I still have 40 pounds to go to get back to a weight I can accept. PCOS can cause insulin resistance, so your body does not react as it should to sugar. The insulin tries to overcompensate and it ends up only making the cysts and testosterone in your body worse.. I have started to learn which things to avoid because you should keep a low sugar diet. A lot of doctors who know what they are talking about are now giving women with PCOS a drug called Metformin. It is a diabetic drug but it helps your body respond as it should to sugar and in turn lowering your testosterone.. The more testosterone in your blood, the more cysts.. and the cysts also produce more testosterone so it is a big nasty cycle. Sometimes the metformin can regulate it enough where you can get pregnant.. However, metformin did not work for me. My doctor was monitoring the testosterone levels in my blood and the cysts by internal ultrasound. He told me about the Ovarian Drilling Surgery. It isnt as scary as it sounds. I went ahead and did that. It is a small surgery where they make three small holes in your stomach that leave not much of a scar after and they go in and burn holes into the ovaries to penetrate the harder surface that in turn reduces testosterone and gets rid of most of the cysts immediately. The only down side is that the surgery only lasts an estimated 18 months to 2 years and some doctors wont even do it. After the surgery I got my period on time 28 days later. I was shocked and so happy! I finally felt on the right track. Then, my doctor gave me a ovulation stimulating drug called clomid to increase my odds of getting pregnant. It was monitored around ovulation time each month by internal ultrasound and ovulation was verified. I am currently on my 4th cycle of clomid, though. Most doctors will only give that drug for 6 cycles max and then move on to something else. This month I am more optimistic than ever since the doctor told me that I had the possibility to ovulate one on each side which if I got pregnant could even result in twins if my husbands sperm does the job as it should.. This is a really good site with tons of information if you ever have questions. A few of the more active members are even already pregnant!! PCOS is not a reason to give up hope. I hope to see more of you around.
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June 20th, 2012, 06:01 PM
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Before getting pg this time, we were using clomid and PreSeed. My OB said that if, after 4-5 rounds of clomid, we weren't successful, then he would refer me back to an RE. (I had been under the care of an RE in the past)

I hope you are successful soon, but know that it CAN happen with PCOS!!
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June 20th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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Thank you both so much! I have a feeling I just found my new favorite website
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June 20th, 2012, 08:19 PM
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Hello and welcome!!! I'm Aubrey and DH is Jason. We tried for 15 months before getting our BFP! Just know that getting pregnant without help IS possible... it might just take longer, and lots of patience. If you happen to be overweight (lots of PCOS women are) start working on that now as it can help start to regulate things and get you closer to get that BFP.

My husband and I hadn't really gotten to the point to seek much medical help, but we WERE doing things on our own to help. Soy Isoflavones work like Clomid but you do not need a script. The cycle I got pregnant I was taking the Soy. We were also using Pre Seed, one of the only "safe" lubricants for trying to conceive. I had also started taking Metformin (that I had from months previous but had given up on) about 4 days after ovulation. I was also temping which was great because I could see when I ovulated and even when implantation took place. Temping is sort of difficult as many of us get up and all different times day to day, but if you stick with it and do it it can be very helpful. WOW, I feel like I'm rambling... anyways this site and group is great. The women here know tons that can help in getting that BFP. Hopefully you stick around and we see more of you
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June 23rd, 2012, 02:49 PM
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I was your age when diagnosed. Cried for days. All i wanted my whole like was to be a mom. There are lots and lots of different things you can do to get pg. This website and the girls on here are very helpful! Miracles DO happen! Don't give up hope.
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June 23rd, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Welcome to the board! My name is Tina and DH is Justin. I was diagnosed with PCOS when we started TTC our DD Mari. I was able to ovulate with the assistance of Metformin and now our miracle is 2.5 years old!

Don't be discouraged yet, I know it's a difficult thing to get diagnosed with, but many women with PCOS do successfully get pregnant and carry to term. There is definitely hope! It might just take the right combo of diet/exercise, meds, etc. to help!
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June 23rd, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Welcome, I'm Sarah, DH is Garry. We are actually PG with #2 right now. Both conceived after I was diagnosed with PCOS. DS #1 took 3yrs to get PG, but the first year and a half was before my diagnosis. With him I saw an OB who was more than willing to start me off with Clomied. I took this for 7 cycles increasing the dose each month and never O'd. This OB finally sent me to a fertility specialist who's advice was to try Metformin combined wit trying to loose weight. I figured it couldn't hurt so that's what we decided to try. When I had lost 25lbs I started to O on my own again. My first natural cycle was 6wks long, the next was 4wks, and the next cycle I got PG. I will say that I did loose that one at about 7wks. I don't say that to scare you, but it did happen. I got PG with DS the next month. So after going thru all that with my first I decided to see a different OB this time and he agreed to start with the Met and weight loss again. He even gave me a RX for Phentermine to help me loose the weight. I lost 30lbs and was PG in 6mo this time.

All that to say is you just have to find what works for your body and it can happen. Good luck on your TTC journey. I hope it turns out to be a short one for you.
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