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Old Nov 30th, 2010, 15:33 PM   11
jenn2010
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I just got diagnosed yesterday for PCOS so i am very confused as well. Like you the only symptom i have is irregular periods. My gyno wasnt doing much for my periods so i went straight to a FS. he was glad I came. He put me on metformin and wants me to take it for a month and then my next period start me on clomid. I heard metformin alone can make you ovulate so im tempted to stick with that for at least 6 months. then if no luck resort to clomid. But i guess i will ask him what he thinks. I have had little cramps for 3 weeks. everyday i thought i was going to start or had to be preggo. im just trying to learn about pcos and hopefully things will be easy for us... good luck!!



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Old Dec 1st, 2010, 07:04 AM   12
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I just got diagnosed yesterday for PCOS so i am very confused as well. Like you the only symptom i have is irregular periods. My gyno wasnt doing much for my periods so i went straight to a FS. he was glad I came. He put me on metformin and wants me to take it for a month and then my next period start me on clomid. I heard metformin alone can make you ovulate so im tempted to stick with that for at least 6 months. then if no luck resort to clomid. But i guess i will ask him what he thinks. I have had little cramps for 3 weeks. everyday i thought i was going to start or had to be preggo. im just trying to learn about pcos and hopefully things will be easy for us... good luck!!
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Sorry to hear about your pcos hun, its annoying isnt it! What dose of metformin are you taking? I started at just 250mg a day and now on 750mg, upping it to 1000mg on sunday. Not noticed anything different yet, lots of aches and cramps etc but no af, Ovulation or bfp!! Im still unsure about the whole pcos thing but have found this website and general googling of pcos really helpful.
How long have you been ttc?
Have sent you a friend request, hope you accept
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Old Dec 1st, 2010, 07:11 AM   13
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yes PCOS is not fun! But at least now I do have an explanation of whats going on with my body! I am on 500mg its the Extended Release and ive read those are easy on side effects. Ive only took one so far! after 7 days i up it to 2 pills a day which will be 1000mg. I dont know if i should take 2 at a time or space them apart? I've only been trying for 4 months and its my first! I thought it would happen so easy. me and a friend started at the same time and she got pregnant in 2 weeks! I havnt had a period since oct 6th which is like 58 days ago. do you take OPK everyday? Im wondering if I should since the Met could make me ovulate? then again im thinking about not tracking or anything till things get more regular. its just so stressful! ive heard good things happen when you stop trying so hard!! Yes of course i will except your friend request. its so nice to have someone go through this with you



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Old Dec 1st, 2010, 07:44 AM   14
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I break my does up and take some at dinner time and some at tea time but if the doc did not tell you when to take them then whatever time is best for you i guess. I was using opk since my last af in aug but after finding out about my pcos i stopped for a while, been using them again for about a week now. I think they are good to use, having irregular cycles i have no idea when/if i am ovulating!
Hope something happens soon for both of us! Having not had any problems getting preggo with first baby i thought it would be the same this time
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Old Dec 2nd, 2010, 21:37 PM   15
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You should space it out because you really need your body to get used to it. I take 500mg twice a day with food, usually protein is the best thing to eat, but everyone is different. I take mine 12 hours apart because I'm OCD like that! Haha but yeah, you don't want to double up...that would really shock your system. It takes up to 3 to 6 months to see results from Metformin so hang in there. I know right now alot of docs are just diagnosing people with PCOS, but back when i was diagnosed (age 15) they had to do tons of blood work and an ultrasound...so to me it seems a little strange that they don't investigate further, but that's me.
PCOS is a syndrome which is made up of different health issues.
Me for example: I am diabetic and I have joint and digestive issues on top of cysts on my ovaries. I have a high testosterone level as well as high androgen levels and I have a hard time loosing weight. I have cystic acne and all the women in my family have had PCOS which has increased their risk of uterine cancer so everyone, except some how my mom got lucky, has had a hysterectomy by the age of 35. Since my PCOS has been so bad, my doctors have given me until the age of 30 to get pregnant and have my little one. But that's because of the uterine cancer in my family so my case is not usual by any means.
PCOS affects the whole body, not just your reproductive organs. It can be hereditary. It can also just present itself. It's reversible as well, but the damage it does to the body is not. There's alot of different treatments, such as birth control, which I am on, and vitex (chasteberry), metformin and some other medications such as diabetic meds.
Metformin is the treatment of choice, besides birth control and most women tend to end up at taking 2000mg of if a day, which is considered the standard treatment for PCOS. It helps with ovulation, insulin resistance and weight loss.
That's the info I have from my specialists.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 14:35 PM   16
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Thank you so much Littlemonster for the info!! It is kinda strange my ob/gyn did blood work and said my hormones was fine and my testastorne was fine and my the FS just did an US and no blood work. so who knows?? i was a little surprised my FS didnt take any blood work. i guess hes just gonna put me on the MET for 30 days and sees what happens. I've taken it for 4 days and havnt had any problems yet. Im going to use opk just to see if i might ovulate. I am sorry to hear the complications you are going through as far as i know i dont think anyone im my family has pcos. i am wishing you all the luck in the world!!

I dont think my LH is high he didnt do a blood test but wouldnt the opk's come back positive?



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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 15:38 PM   17
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Maybe your FS saw something on the ultrasound that made him diagnose you. My blood work came back normal until my GP started doing specialized tests.
It's hard to know if women in your family have it unless they have signs and symptoms and were specifically tested. My mom was diagnosed with it, my aunt has it and my grandmother had it.
Thanks lady!

If you have LH, then your OPK's will be positive or you will see some pink for the line. The line needs to be the same color as the control or darker for it to be positive. When you see only some pink, it means the hormone is there, but it's not enough. However...OPK's only test for the hormone, they aren't a true verification that ovulation has happened. Temping is the only way to really know if and when you ovulate. Also with PCOS you can have problems ovulating so it's really a good thing to do because it will tell you and your doctor what's going on and if you need help. Thats one of the only perks of having PCOS...you can usually get help getting pregnant sooner rather than later!



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 15:50 PM   18
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Yeah he saw cysts on my ovaries. as far as the opk there is a faint line right now. about 30 days ago i got a positive (smiley face) on the clearblue easy digital opk. the doc said i just had the surge but probably didnt release an egg. Ive heard some people with pcos they get pos opk for days at a time. i definitly dont do that. He also said my uterus lining was thin but didnt explain what that meant. the US tech said it was only thin b/c im not preg and not having my period? dont really know what that means. In the moment i always forget to ask questions! and dont want to call and bother them!!



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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 16:03 PM   19
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Usually cysts on the ovaries is good enough for a diagnosis.
That's why it's better to temp than use OPK's because it's really going to show what's going on and ways your doctor can help fix things so you can get pregnant. Also temping will indicate if you're pregnant or not, so it's like the OPK's and pregnancy tests rolled into one! LOL
It's important to always ask questions and to call and bother them! LOL
The Metformin should help with ovulation, but if you have a thin lining that can also be a problem. I too have a thin lining. I'm thinking you're most likely going to need some other meds than just Metformin. Possibly Clomid and maybe some progesterone depending upon how your doctor does things. A thin lining can make it so you get pregnant, but you miscarry because there's not enough lining for the embryo to really attach onto. There are some supplements, such as vitamin b-6 that can possibly help with the thin lining, but dosage is somewhat controversial. I take 200mg but that's a high dose. Alot of ladies are on 50mg, but that is an option. However I don't recommend taking anything until you've been temping for atleast once cycle.



 
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Old Dec 3rd, 2010, 16:22 PM   20
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ive been putting off temping for some reason but I guess its time to do it. will a regular digital thermometer work? i dont know anything about temping but i think im going to start.thank you so much for all the info!!



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