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November 4th, 2012, 06:27 AM
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I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 13, so I've been assuming that it'd be really difficult for me to get pregnant. Apparently this baby was just meant to be because I wasn't on any medication for my PCOS at the time of getting pregnant, nor was I trying or charting or anything. I was not trying at all to conceive. That being said, doing some research on pregnancy and PCOS, I've read that many women with PCOS have to get progesterone injections or have their hormones monitored throughout pregnancy. My OB is not doing any kind of hormone tests, including HCG. They said that as long as I have a positive urine pregnancy test, that's good enough for them. My worry is...what if they miss something? I mean, since I have such a long history of PCOS (documented labwork and everything), why wouldn't they want to make sure my hormones are sufficient for carrying this child?

Any thoughts, advice, insight, experience, etc would be helpful! Thanks ladies!
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November 4th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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I have PCOS and am on a progesterone supplement but it is mainly from doing IVF rather than PCOS. From what I was told most of the time if you are going to have progesterone problems, which is the most common hormone related cause for misscarrige, they will occur very early on between 4 to 6 weeks. There is risk of developing progesterone problems later on but it is rare. I come off of the supplement at 10 weeks because after that point progesterone is no longer the primary source for keeping the baby growing.

If your worried about it explain your concerns and ask your doctor for blood tests. You're probably out of the woods for progesterone problems though.
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November 4th, 2012, 06:55 AM
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Oh. Hm. That's not something I remember reading in my research, but of course it's only the scary, bad stuff that sticks out. That's really good information. Thank you!
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November 4th, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Most of them do focus on the less common extreme issues. You should have an early glucose test though. With PCOS you have a high risk of gestational diabetes. My sister has PCOS and failed her test at 9 weeks. If you wait too long and end up having it then it would be out of control by 20 weeks. The problem is not a lot of doctors are up to date on the research on this issue so they don't do early tests unless you are overweight.
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November 4th, 2012, 07:18 AM
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I have PCOS and had no issues getting pregnant with my first either. I was not on any progesterone or anything either. He is now a crazy 2 1/2 year old.


We decided when he was 10 months old to start for another, after 19 months of no luck we went to a fertility specialist who told me my ovulating with him was fluky and we got really lucky. 2 rounds of clomid and here I am now. He put me on progesterone to be "safe" but I never needed it the first time so I see no reason why you would need it either. It is part of his routine with ladies with pcos/clomid.
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November 4th, 2012, 08:19 AM
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Thanks ladies! I feel better now. Also, they did the 1 hr glucose test at my first appt which would've been 8 weeks, I failed it I had my 3 hour glucose test on friday. Still awaiting the results. They tested me early because of my PCOS as well as my weight. I guess we'll see what happens. But if that's the worst thing that happens during my pregnancy, I'll take it!
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