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Old 08-12-2005, 11:11 PM   #1
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Question Polycystic Ovarian Disease

[Wow, i just found out my newly married sister has Polystic Ovarian Disease. Her doctor told her that she will not be able to get pregnant, yet everything i have read on the web says there is a possibility. So my question is. . .Can she still get pregnant even though she supposedly has this disease? Thanks in advance for any help!

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Old 08-13-2005, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Yes, although it may be difficult to know when ovulation takes place. I had this and have given birth twice. I'm very regular now for some reason, and ovulating, so if she doesn't want to get pregnant at this time, she should still use some method of birth control.

Old 08-13-2005, 09:30 AM   #3
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Awesome! Being that they just got married last month, they don't want kidos right now. But she wants lots of them. . .lol Thank You so much. I will pass this info on!

Old 08-13-2005, 09:52 AM   #4
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I have this condition and was able to get pregnant with the help of Clomid. Some women, however, have success with Metformin and using the Insulin Resistance diet.

If a pregnancy does result, tell your relative to be careful and aware of her condition and the issues that can result in pregnancy.
There were problems with controlling my blood sugar with my pregnancy and I had pain in my wrists (carpal tunnel) and terrible acne. I never had full-blown gestational diabetes, but my baby was over 9 pounds and HIGH BIRTH WEIGHT babies are a warning sign for later diabetes. I haven't gotten it yet.

I am about to start on a drug called Metformin because my cholesterol has gone up with age and I have had trouble losing weight. One theory about Metformin is that it controls insulin levels and reduces the effect of PCOS in the reproductive system. I think this is true and exercise REALLY helped too.

Old 08-14-2005, 10:06 PM   #5
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Good luck to all of you with this disease. I have had 4 miscarriages and I am taking Metformin (Glucophage) because I have type 2 diabetes...I also has PSOC. I gave up trying to get pregnant, my doctor says there are ways, but I will be 39 this year and really with all my health problems, I opted not to be a natural mom, adoption is the next step for me. My sister also has PCOS and just lost twins due to some freak of nature. One was a tubal and the other one made it into her uterus, but she lost both, she is now going through a study because one tube is destroyed and the other one is full of fluid, she also took Clomid to get pregnant with PCOS. Good luck to all of you with this problem, because it was a curse for both my sister and myself!

Old 08-16-2005, 08:29 AM   #6
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

well. .. I am sorry for your loss. Maybe its not in your plan to have kids naturally. But your post leads me to yet another question. My sister is the only one in the family who is having this issue. There are 4 daughters, 3 of us have kids and didn't have issues, in fact we all got pregnant unexpectedly. I was asking my mother and my fathers sister if they know of any other female in the family that had "girlie" problems. No one has had any problems. Yet Pcos is suppose to be passed down through genes. ..what are y'alls thoughts?

Old 09-10-2005, 10:49 PM   #7
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

I have a friend who has PCOS and she has 3 beautiful healthy children. All were unplanned pregnancies. Her doctors told her she would never concieve naturally. Joke was on them.

Old 09-11-2005, 09:14 AM   #8
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

PLEASE, PLEASE (and I can NOT stress this enough) if you or anyone you know has PCOS be aware of the long-term health risks that you need to monitor, whether your ever get pregnant or not. Once I had my son, I didn't realize that PCOS would continue to affect my life. I'm sorry I didn't keep a closer eye on it.

Those with PCOS have INCREASED risk for heart disease and diabetes and other problems. Weight gain can occur easily and weight loss can become harder.

I would suggest:
1. Knowing and monitoring your cholesterol - mine shot up as high as 320, now it is in the low 200s and I'd like it to be a bit lower.
2. Regular exercise and a diet that is balanced but low in carbs, especially refined carbs and things like potato chips and junk food
3. Monitoring blood sugar
4. For many with PCOS, eating a diet high in veggies, dairy and protein with some lower carb fruits works well. Others don't have the same weight issues
5. Try to find a doc that understands the health risks of PCOS.
6. Making sure you don't have an overactive or underactive thyroid. Low thyroid is common.

Old 10-19-2005, 12:47 AM   #9
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

I just had my first child at the age of 32 - a healthy beautiful girl born Aug.19th.
I was not even aware that I had PCOD until my GP sent me to a fertility specialist. I was on birth control pills for 10 years and showed no symptoms except for weight gain. Honestly I never even heard of it until that time. I walked out of the doctor's office in tears and very depresssed. He told me that I needed to lose weight because I was obese and than just maybe I'd be a mother.I thought my dreams of motherhood were gone. He wasn't exactly kind about it either. I forced myself to go back to him and he handed me a prescription for metforin and ran blood tests and discovered I had insulin resistance. As odd as it sounds I had a I'll show you attitude and exercised and ate healthy for 5 months and lost 27 lbs. My period was late around christmas and I just figured that the stress of xmas delayed it . After having negative pregnancy test after negative pregnancy test for 2 years low and behold to my shock I was pregnant. I was still obese at 234lbs but I was pregnant. I did have to spend the first trimester in bed due to bleeding and use pregesterone suppositories as well which the specialist said was not uncommon for a woman with PCOD. The second and third trimester were problem free except for the 50lb weight gain. I had no problem with gestastional diabetes,high blood pressure,etc. The specialist thought I'd end up with all those problems plus have a large baby (she was 6lbs13oz). I just took my vitamins and tried to eat balanced meals with some treats once in awhile.
Please keep the hope about having a child. Don't let the doctors scare you off. I never thought I'd hold my own little angel in my arms. My husband and I conceived when we decided to stop trying and just relax. The best moment of my life was hearing her cry mixed with my husband's cries and tears as she was lifted out of my stomach via C-section.

Old 10-25-2005, 08:50 AM   #10
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

I have PCOS and I have a 4 month old.

Old 11-13-2005, 06:32 AM   #11
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Re: Polycystic Ovarian Disease

I am so glad that I read this thread! My sister (who is 11 years younger than me) also has this. She has already had to have one ovary and tube removed. She is getting married in December and has already stopped birth control because she is so ready to have a baby. I have been worried about her and I try to be positive about her being able to get pregnant, even though the doctor does not think it will happen naturally. Thanks to all of you who have shared your stories.....I feel so much better having read these posts and knowing that others who suffer with this have gotten pregnant and had healthy babies. Now, I can pass this on to her!

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