Did you ovulate with PCOS after loss

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  1. daopdesign

    daopdesign Mummy to 3 wonderful boys

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    Hi Ladies :flower:

    First of all I would just like to thank everyone on this forum for the support and the forum itself for offering insights into other woman's experience and being a hub for pregnancy and baby info.

    I just suffered a loss at 16 weeks :cry: and we are going to try for another baby straight away. Some might think this is too early but I feel ready and am coping well with the loss, terrible as it is. Having PCOS I'm unsure whether I will be able to conceive naturally as I did with this loss (my first happened after a round of clomid, he is now 18 months).

    My question is basically this: If you have PCOS did you know when and if you ovulated after the bleeding had stopped? Is it possible that I could just not ovulate once my hormones are back to normal and does anyone recommend the Clearblue ovulation sticks, do they actually work?

    Do I count the day I stated bleeding after the induction as CD1 or is it different when you have had to actually go through a labour to deliver?

    Since having my son I have only had two periods over 18 months.
     
  2. ickle pand

    ickle pand Mum of 1

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    I have pcos and I had a m/c at the end of April. I did ovulate this past cycle - I chart my temps. Ovulation tests don't always work for women with PCOS because we can have multiple LH surges (as well as multiple patches of fertile CM) so if I were you, I'd consider charting on fertility friend instead because the ovulation sticks get expensive. I'm also on a PCOS support site which is good for giving advice specific to our condition.

    If you want any more info, let me know.

    HTH xx
     
  3. daopdesign

    daopdesign Mummy to 3 wonderful boys

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    Thanks Amanda :) I know PCOS really just makes getting pregnant difficult because we never know really when we will ovulate so I took the plunge yesterday and ordered the Duo Fertility monitor. My son was conceived on Clomid 2009 and my recent loss just happened naturally although I'd only had 2 periods since my son.

    So I kinda know I sometimes ovulate and hoping this monitor will tell me, it looks really promising xxxx
     
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    ickle pand Mum of 1

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    Let me know how you get on with it. I looked into it, because the money back offer sounded good but they wanted to know all sorts of info about my conditions before they could guarantee I'd be eligible for it and I couldn't see much difference between it and temping, apart from it being a bit more accurate. I fell pregnant from just charting my temps myself before I could decide anyway.

    Have you thought about trying any supplements? I started taking agnus castus (also called vitex or chasteberry) which is supposed to help regulate your hormones and I'm sure that it helped me get pregnant.
     
  5. daopdesign

    daopdesign Mummy to 3 wonderful boys

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    To be honest I don't care about the money back guarantee at this moment in time, I'm just hoping it helps tell me my most fertile time. If it doesn't work for me I will most likely stick it on ebay!

    Will certainly look into the agnus castus, thanks for letting me know and all the best :) xxxx
     
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    ickle pand Mum of 1

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    Yeah I suppose you buy one hoping not to need to get your money back :) I really hope it works for you. Let me know how you get on with it, I'm really curious about them.
     
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    daopdesign Mummy to 3 wonderful boys

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    I'll probably start a new thread hun and sure will keep you posted. Not seen many blogs with woman taking trials yet so let's see if this thing promises what it says! xxx
     
  8. ceejie

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    I have PCOS and don't generally ovulate on my own. When I conceived I was on 1500mg of Metformin a day.

    My doctors told me that after a mc sometimes people's bodies "reset" and periods go back to normal, etc. I've never had a "normal" period (mine are 3-9 months) but I take meds to force a period every two months. They told me to give it at least two months to see if I get a period on my own.

    I just had blood tests done last week and my hormone levels are down lower than the have ever been, totally in the normal range and not the pcos range, so I'm hoping this means my body has "reset."

    Good luck to you. And I will be curious to see if your fertility monitor works! I just use IC OPKs and I find I get positives quite often, at least 3 or 4 times spread throughout my cycle. It would be nice if there is something a little more accurate.

    Good luck!
     
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    ickle pand Mum of 1

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    Ceeji - Charting temps is much more accurate for women with PCOS than OPKs. I highly recommend it. Fertility friend is such a good site. I also take agnus castus which I feel is helping to sort out my hormone levels and I'm sure is the reason I managed to get pregnant at all.

    HTH
     
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    I have been charting, but I tend to have trouble with it...My temps are all over the place! I temp at the same time every morning first thing, but I do not sleep well at all, up all the time, tossing and turning, so I'm wondering if this has something to do with my inconsistent temps? :shrug:

    I've also purchased a bottle of Agnus Castus...I'm just waiting til I'm done a course of antibiotics before I start them. Do you find that they are helping you? I would really like to get to a point that I get periods on my own, without taking Prometrium to force it, as I don't think that's the best way to set your body up for ovulation...
     
  11. daopdesign

    daopdesign Mummy to 3 wonderful boys

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    ceejie exactly what is Metformin? I've 'heard' soo much about it but never been offered this? If I needed it would the docs give it to me?

    I'm on a mission ladies! Currently a size 14/16 and going to get back to my size 10/12 again hoping this will help my cycle, just bought a cross trainer! xxx
     
  12. ceejie

    ceejie Well-Known Member

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    Metformin was prescribed to me by my fertility specialist. It is a medication that is usually used to treat diabetes, but can also be used with insulin resistant PCOS (and can help prevent diabetes which is high among women with PCOS). Insulin resistance (also called Metabolic Syndrome) is when your body doesn't process the insulin the way it should, causing higher blood sugar levels...then in turn instead of your body breaking down carbs to use as energy, it is more likely to store them as fat. This impacts your hormone levels, and also causes weight gain. The Metformin can regulate your blood sugar & hormone levels, which in turn is supposed to help you ovulate (and, as an added bonus, it can help you lose weight, although I don't think I've been on it long enough for this). But, taking Metformin requires you to limit your refined carbs...my doctor suggests a low GI diet while on Metformin. If you have a lot of sugar, or white carbs while taking Met, it usually leads to upset stomach, gas, bloating, diarrhea, etc...I find if I watch my diet I can avoid these side effects.

    My hormone levels and blood sugar levels weren't all that bad considering I have PCOS, but I didn't ovulate. On my 2nd cycle of Metformin I ovulated. A lot of doctors require you try Metformin before starting Clomid, if that is something you are interested in.

    I don't know if just a GP would prescribe it, as I said mine was from my FS.

    I hope that makes sense and helps!

    Good luck!
     

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