I've only been TTC our second baby since May however we were NTNP for nearly 3 years before our son came along so we could be in for a long haul this time.
I was quite convinced I would get pregnant quickly this time, but whilst temping etc I noticed that my chart was looking a bit... annovulatory...
In the last few months when my charts have been quietly going bonkers, a couple of ladies on the TTC boards have gently suggested I look at PCOS as a possible reason. Then last week I got sick of them prodding me so I went off to have a look at it on the net so that I could tell them none of the symptoms applied to me and could they please chuff off.
Except EVERY symptom applied to me. I have a horrid moustache plus increasing quantities of chin hair, nipple hair and tummy hair. I even have hairy fingers and toes. However my head hair falls out in clumps leaving me with tufts at my hairline. I struggle to get my weight under 11 stone (I'm 5foot 1 so this is overweight) and am generally around 12 stone. All of my weight is around my middle and on my boobs. Although the boobs thing is a family trait! I still get spots and there is never a day when I don't have at least 4 or 5. When I am particularly hormonal I have LOADS and don't want to leave the house. I suffer with depression and had horrendous PND after having Harry. And as i said before, I'm not ovulating every cycle. My periods are ridiculously light (generally I use 2 tampons all period, the rest is just panty liners - not even actual towels!) or non existant.
So I went to the docs who sent me for bloods which I had yesterday. So now I am waiting.
now I'm frightened for silly reasons - if I don't have it why the hell am I so hairy?!
But mostly I'm frightened because I don't want an internal scan. And I don't want my son to be an only child.
Hun Ive just been diagnosed with PCOS a couple of months back and I can re
late to how you're feeling. We were NTNP and it took us 18 months for seth.
Im frightened too, I honestly didnt think I would be but I dont like the thought of Seth not having a brother or sister, Im scared of the rejection month after month of BFNs. Its a scary time. I dont actually have many symptoms apart from long cycles (used to be irregular but last 2 have been 37 days!) and polycystic ovaries.
I dont have any advice because I dont know much myself at the moment, I have an appointment with the gynecologist on the 20th so Ill update you with more info when Im back from that if you like?
Also the internal scan is really nothing to worry about, and if it gets you on the track to a diagnosis then all the better
Good luck & feel free to PM whenever you want. I cant promise to know all the answers but Ill certainly try x
Hi, I was diagnosed with PCOS recently. My Doctor was very optimistic about it. I was prescribed Clomid to assist with ovulation. Haven't taken it yet bec we took a few months off.
In the meantime, I did some online research and have modified my diet and started exercising and charting. I have seen results last month and this month with earlier ovulation and shorter cycles. I hope this continues to work!
I too felt a bit stressed and very concerned when I first found out but having talked to my Doctor and others, I am now comfortable that there are treatment options and so I feel very optimistic.
Hey I to have been diagnosed with PCOS. I new that I had it a couple years ago but my periods came on time every month, but recently I recognised that I was not ovulating every month so I went to visit the doctor on the 30th September and he told me if I plan to try having to children he needed to put me on medication. He put me on Metformin for 7months. He also explained that PCOS is linked to yeast infections which I suffer from time to time. DH and I have also brought up TTC because of this diagnosis since the doctor said that it will be harder for us to conceive than normal plus we have a greater risk of miscarriage. I am so scared about this right now but in the mean time all I can do is take my meds religiously and hope for the best.
Hi hun,didnt want to read and run.Your symptoms do seem to suggest PCOS,ive heard that a scan on your abdomen rather than internally is usually done at 1st,hope you get some answers from your bloodtest.Try not to be too disheartend if it does turn out you do have PCOS as there is lots of treatments and help avaliable,such as clomid and/or metformin.
Try not to worry too much hun,its good that this is being investigated so you can get the treatment you require x
it took me 2 years of ntnp to get my first, then for some reason this eased my pocs and i had 2 more in 2 years (26 months between all 3)
i then went on depo which i think caused my pcos to come back worse than ever and it took 7 years for me to get pregnant with archie-with a little help from metformin
there are lots they can do these days to help, i think i was quite lucky just needing the metformin. but my gp said to me that there were lots of options availale
I have PCOS and have for a number of years. It was diagnosed when we were TTC our first child and my cycles started going haywire. The internal scan isn't the nicest thing in the world but its over quickly and if it helps get to the bottom of everything, well worth it in my book.
In the end I was prescribed metformin which worked well for me once I got over the side effects. I was still hairy, but it did ease and my cycles gradually got more regular over a period of about 6 months. The cycle we conceived on was actually headed to be a 28 day one which was unheard of for me previously.
We've just started TTC no2 and I've been back on the metformin for about 3 months. I ovulated for the first time last cycle. The other thing for me is that the metformin really helps me with weight loss. I really struggle when not on it, but with it I just have to stay reasonably well behaved in the junk/snack department and the weight slowly dwindles. I've lost 10lb in the last 3 months without actually dieting.
I also used hypnotherapy and acupuncture when were TTC last time and I've just started them again. Maybe it was one of those that made the difference - I'll never know for sure but I'm not going to risk not trying them!
I know how awful I felt when I was first diagnosed, but it really isn't the end of the world. I did have to get referred to a gynae/fertility specialist to get the diagnosis and the metformin prescription so I imagine that would be the same for you. I got pregnant with PCOS, I just needed a bit of help. There's no reason at all why you can't too.
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