Needing some new found hope...

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  1. annaphillips

    annaphillips Member

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    Hello! I am 31 years old and my husband and I have been TTC for 6 months using the fertility calendar and monitoring CM. We have been together for 8 years and for 7 of those years I haven't been on birth control. We used condoms every so often but for the most part we used the 'pull out" method (sorry for lack of better words). I have been seeing a fertility doctor for a few months and have had the hormone tests (progesterone levels were 3.7), the HSG (blocked on one tube, but other is fine), and my husband had an SA and checked out fine. I do have quite a bit of hair on my chin and neck and I have to wax once a week and pluck every day. I also have hair on my nipples and have found a few on my chest. I have 32 day cycles and am VERY regular. Although I have horrible cramps and am VERY heavy for the first few days of my period. What is strange is that my doctor says that I do not ovulate, but I have all the stages of CM and I even get the ovulation pains that rotate back and forth from each side each month. I always thought I knew exactly when I ovulated. I even did OPKs a few months ago and got a positive. So now my doctor's nurse tells my that she is referring me to an endocrinologist and since one tube is not blocked I can still get pregnant. What I don't understand is WHY did she not put me on clomid if I still have a good tube and the problem is that I am not ovulating. I don't understand and have been left feeling even more frustrated than before I even went to the doctor. Someone please help me to understand why she is sending me to someone else, what can I do, and is there hope?!!?
     
  2. Fascination

    Fascination Her mummy <3

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    Hi,

    Have your doctor's ever told you that you have/may have PCOS? It sounds like you've got quite a few of the symptoms associated with it. Unfortunately, that can mimic ovulation in regards to CM, regardless of whether you actually do ovulate that month or not, so it can be pretty confusing for women who are trying for a baby. You should definitely be put on Clomid (or similar) if you're not ovulating, otherwise they're leaving you to struggle for no reason. Hopefully you'll get more answers when you see the Endo! Good luck. X
     
  3. annaphillips

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    Nope, they have never said anything about PCOS, but I have read about it and thought that I might have it. Only thing is, like I said, I have regular periods that are pretty much 31 or 32 days apart and 5 days long always. Don't know what is happening, but I am just getting more and more upset about the whole thing. Going to the endo feels like I am starting at square one again...:cry:
     
  4. Born2BeAMommy

    Born2BeAMommy TTC Baby #1

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    I have PCOS and in fact have a book that details all the symptoms and such that women can have with PCOS. You seem to fit in there. Even with your periods. PCOS does not mean you don't get a period...it has little to do with it actually. More of a hormonal imbalance, like your progesterone levels being so low, the testosterone being elevated, hence the hair growth.
    If you do have PCOS, don't fret, there is hope for us and we can conceive.
    I have just recently started taking D-chiro-inositol, which is found to help with PCOS. It has also been shown that 86% of women who take it ovulate while on it, and it also helps with belly fat (which I don't know about you, but I have issues there).
    Here is a link to a website that sells it. It may be worth a try. I have a friend with 3 adopted children who just started taking this for the 'well being' factor....she ended up pregnant...never thinking she could...but bang! she's having a baby of her very own.
    It certainly can't hurt, and the good news is, if your doctor does end up putting you on Clomid or other fertility drugs (like mine has to me) d-chiro-inositol does not interact with them, and in fact has been shown in studies that it may increase the effectiveness of fertility meds.

    Here is the link! (if it doesn't work, just copy and paste it into a new window)
    https://www.chiralbalance.com/

    Best of luck!
    Any other questions or help you may need, don't hesitate to send me a message.

    Lots of baby dust to you!
     
  5. annaphillips

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    Wow Born2be! I think you are right about the PCOS. I definitely have the belly fat that I just can not get rid of. I've been on weight watchers for three years and LOVE it! But I just can not get rid of the belly fat and now it seems as though the weight is coming back even though my eating habits haven't changed and I work out 3 times a week for about 1.5 hours. It would be great if I had a reason for my weight issues which I have had trouble with for most of my adult life! I have also read that PCOS if untreated can cause breast cancer, which runs in my family so I'm hoping I can get help there. I am scheduled to see an endocrinologist on Monday morning. So hopefully I will come out of there with some good news! I'm kinda glad all of this is happening, I've really been needing to go to the doctor for some time because of the hair issue. It has become so embarrassing, I was planning on get it laser removal but wanted to wait until after pregnancy. Will I have to take meds for this my whole life if I get diagnosed? Will the belly eventually go away if I work out and eat right and take the meds? Can't wait to go on Monday and get some answers and hopefully move forward with all of this instead of staying in one place which is how I feel right now! Thanks for the post!
     
  6. Born2BeAMommy

    Born2BeAMommy TTC Baby #1

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    I can't really answer that for you. I don't know if we'll always have to be medicated for PCOS. I do know you will never get rid of belly fat just 'eating right and excercising' with PCOS...it'll NEVER go away if you don't treat the cause of it...which is PCOS. I wish you the best of luck at the endocrinologist. We'll get there eventually. I hope you will keep my updated as I'd love to hear what the doctor's have to tell you. I was diagnosed with PCOS at 17 years old..so it's been over 7 years already...and I am still learning about it everyday and never dreamed that it would mean that I'd have this much trouble conceiving. But I'm taking it in stride and not letting it get me down. I know that it is only a speed bump in the road of life, not a road block...so I'm keeping positive.

    Lots of luck and prayers for you!! Keep me posted
     
  7. annaphillips

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    Well it turns out that I do have PCOS, but the main problem is that I also have a dermoid cyst the size of a nickle on my left ovary, which is the tube that is not blocked. In addition, I have two fibroids. One on the right top side of my uterus and one behind my uterus. The doc thinks that maybe the blockage on the right tube might actually be caused by the fibroid on the top. The ovary on the blocked side looked great and is releasing an egg normally. So now I am going to have surgery to remove all three cysts and they are going to use the laparoscopy to see what's going on with the blockage of the right tube. I am scheduling the surgery for the middle of March so that I can use Spring Break for the down time that I need. So while I am happy that I have answers, I am so sad too. I really hope after the surgery, we will have no problem getting pregnant after that! Anyone had to have a surgery like this?
     

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