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Old 11-09-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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PCOS and pregnancy chances?

Hello, I have pcos and was wondering if any of you have been able to get pregnant in spite of having this. I've read a few posts where some did and wondered if you conceived "naturally" or if not which medicines were able to help you? I have been trying to get pregnant for 7yrs but they can't even get me to ovulate because of this pcos. I'm going back to my re soon and was trying to get a few ideas or suggestions of things I could talk to him about in order to help me out. It's really getting depressing but I'm trying to stay positive. I used metformin but only a few months because I was so nauseated, will probably go back on it but I would appreciate any of your suggestions or advice. Thanks so much em

 
Old 11-12-2006, 12:09 AM   #2
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Hello emilycaitlin,

((hugs)) I know how hard it is, how emotional it is. Its such a ride. I just want to say that its possible to concieve. I have PCOS and had been trying to get pregnant with no 1 and have just fallen pregnant. I was Just about to start treatment this month. We fell pregnant as we were house hunting and had other things on our plate. Had been trying for 2 years nearly.

Good luck and dont give up... treat yourself easy xxx

 
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:24 AM   #3
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Thank you Skyela for your reply. It really does help and give me some hope to hear others who have this are able to have children. Best of luck with your pregnancy! em

 
Old 11-14-2006, 09:10 PM   #4
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I tried on my own for a year and a half with no success, so I saw a specialist (Reproductive Endocrinologist) and was put on Clomid. I got pregnant after my 4th month of Clomid.

 
Old 11-15-2006, 08:15 AM   #5
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Hi Barton, I sure wish the clomid had worked out for me, tried 8 rounds of it with nothing, will be trying the metformin and Letrozole soon, possibly ovarian drilling and/or injections after that. I've read some of your other posts and you sound really knowledgeable about pcos, how do you think it is someone like me can have regular 31 day cycles year after year and never ovulate? They used to be 45 days apart or sometimes I would skip a few months, but have regulated more over the past few yrs, wonder if that means I'm getting better? Oh well, I go back to the re in Jan, hopefully he will have some options for me. I hate this pcos!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There, that felt better Thanks for your reply, em

 
Old 11-17-2006, 10:00 PM   #6
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Hi Barton, I sure wish the clomid had worked out for me, tried 8 rounds of it with nothing, will be trying the metformin and Letrozole soon, possibly ovarian drilling and/or injections after that. I've read some of your other posts and you sound really knowledgeable about pcos, how do you think it is someone like me can have regular 31 day cycles year after year and never ovulate? They used to be 45 days apart or sometimes I would skip a few months, but have regulated more over the past few yrs, wonder if that means I'm getting better? Oh well, I go back to the re in Jan, hopefully he will have some options for me. I hate this pcos!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There, that felt better Thanks for your reply, em
Hi Emily.........PCOS can be very tricky. The first thing that every PCOS woman should do is become educated so that you know what you are up against. Now, I'm sure you know that there is NO cure for PCOS, but it can be managed once you know what you are dealing with. If you are overweight, oftentimes, women will find that losing weight makes it MUCH easier to control your PCOS symptoms. Symptoms may not go away........but they do appear to become less intense. Stick with your RE. You are in the best hands as far as a specialist goes. Trust that you will get your wish because it CAN happen. You are not doomed. Just stay strong. My best wishes to you................and yes, I have researched PCOS to death, so if you have any questions...............don't hesitate to ask.

 
Old 11-24-2006, 04:04 AM   #7
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Hi Emilycaitlin,

I am a fit and healthy 24 yr old, and after a short spell in hospital for a kidney infection and ultra sound picked up a cyst on my ovary. So I was sent for further investigatory tests - internal scans, hormone tests etc.

I was diagnosed as having PCOS, both ovaries. I was also told that the hormone test confirmed this and that it was unlikely that I ovulated because I had an extremely long menstrual cycle. The fact that my mother (who has had four children) has a 38 day cycle appeared to be irrelevant.

This was at the start of September. I spent many hours crying with my partner about the diagnosis because we wanted lots of kids!

So here we are, the 24th of November, and I am now five weeks pregnant. I know it is very early days, but I doubt that this happened to be the one time I ovulated....

They can be wrong, so relax yourself and enjoy the trying!

 
Old 11-26-2006, 09:29 PM   #8
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Hi,

I also have pcos and endometriosis and i have been pregnit 5 times, and i now have 3 great kids. the first 2 i needed clomid and the 3rd kid was a surprise, we were not even trying in fact we were done at that point. So i say yes it can happen, it sure did for me.

Good luck to you

 
Old 11-29-2006, 07:28 PM   #9
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I have PCOS and I was wondering if when you went on cholmid were or are you overweight? I am overweight and am trying to lose weight it is so hard. I am not on chlomid i am on anastrozole, metformin, actos, and now going on injections

 
Old 11-29-2006, 08:52 PM   #10
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Hi BioClock,

No I wasn't oveweight when I took my clomid. I've heard some women with pcos have had good results from the Atkins and also the South Beach Diet, maybe you could check into those? Maybe the met will help too, I got a script yesterday for it but haven't filled it yet. I've never heard of those other meds you are on, what type of injections are you starting if you don't mind my asking? I'm always on the lookout for something I haven't tried that might help me ovulate.

I know there is something about pcos that makes losing weight very hard, not sure but something about insulin resistance I think, the met is supposed to help with that so maybe after you've been on it awhile it will get easier. I do hope they work out for you and you are able to get pregnant very soon. Best of luck to you em

 
Old 12-05-2006, 07:53 PM   #11
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Hey girls,
I was recently diagnosed with PCOS as well even though I have known I had it for years. No doctors would listen to me. I started my AF when I was 10 yrs old and it stopped at 12 yrs. I am now 28 yrs old. The severe acne and severe migraines started about this time and this is also when I started gaining weight. I was put on bcp at 15 yrs up until 24 yrs on and off. When I wasn't on the pill I never got AF. So according to my RE based on my hormone levels she said clomid would never work and that I must start on injections (Repronex) but my chances with that is about 10-15% of getting pregnant, she wasn't very optimistic. I am not severely overweight but it is extremely hard to lose weight. Well I am in the process of doing the injections (intramuscularly, ouch) and hoping to do my first IUI next week. Sorry for the novel but my point is that I think instead of just clomid or metformin, I think trying the injections would be better.
It is definitely a very hard thing to digest emotionally, mentally and physically. I have personally know women to have gotten pregnant with PCOS, but with my research it sounds like there are so many different situations with PCOS and I have also read there is no specific blood work to diagnose PCOS, doctors just diagnose it based on symptoms and hormone levels. This is so frustrating!!! Well I hope that I didn't bore you and that I was able to help. But I think we just have to keep trying. You know what really bothers me is that I have asked many doctors over the years if me not ovulating would be a problem conceiving and they all just said, "Oh, we will just give you some medicine and you will have babies!!" Well good luck and please don't give up. It seems like there are many women on this site giving us great and wonderful support. With out this site I think I would have just given up. I pray everyday for each and every one of you girls to have happy and healthy pregnancies. We can do this!!

Lots of love,
-Jenn

 
Old 12-06-2006, 07:43 AM   #12
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I have PCOS and am currently 13 weeks pregnant. I used metformin for about 8 mths lost about 26 pounds and my cycle went from every 3- 6mths to every 35-40 days.. still not that great, but better. I had a cyst that the doctors thought was on my ovary, it ended up being on my fallopian tube, they removed cyst also did ovarian drilling. Immediately after surgery I felt my hormones change and my cycle was perfect for the first time in my life. During surgery the doctor took a look at my other reproductive organs and told me after everything looked great and I should be pregnant in a month. I also took a low dose of clomid after and was pregnant a month later. Two years ago I miscarried and it had been a challenge ever since. After the miscarriage we took 5 heavy doses of clomid, without any results. I'm so excited now, and everything thing is fine.. A long process, but we will see.

 
Old 12-06-2006, 04:16 PM   #13
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Hi everyone! I don't know if i have PCOS but my doctor had mentioned it. i'll give a little bit of my story if u all don't mind. i started my cycle when i was about 14 i would have a period anywhere from 3 to 9 to 12 months apart. got on bcp at 17 to regulate and it worked. til last oct doc changed my pill then jan 06 i had my last period. didn't worry cause dh and i weren't thinking about kids til may. got off the pill and nothing. finaly got in to see the doc in oct, took a dose of progestin and had a cycle. then nothing. i started spotting on 30 nov and 5 dec had a real period. docs don't want to talk to me cause we haven't been trying for a yr yet, but i told them what about no cycle. i could understand if i had a cycle and just wasn't having any luck! so finally they r gonna do some blood work. i have a hard time loosing weight, i'm 24 and get acne like i'm 15 again sometimes. i don't know, its so frustrating! well sorry for the story...thanks for listening!!

 
Old 12-07-2006, 10:48 PM   #14
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Hi girls, wanted to thank you all for sharing your stories and words of encouragement.
Jenn, your story sounds soooo familiar. I was told by my first re that I should use repronex, but I would have only about a 25% chance of getting preg. with it, not per cycle but for 4 months! I felt devastated and since my ins. wouldn't cover tx I couldn't justify paying that kind of $ for such a slim chance. They also told me clomid wouldn't work for me, after I'd already had 8cycles of it, I pretty much knew it wasn't going to work by then, ha ha! I really hope the injections work for you, and I totally agree that more aggressive forms of IF tx, such as injections and the like seem to have better success rates than when drs just push clomid and metformin endlessly. I know clomid and met have worked wonders for alot of ladies with pcos but they haven't for me. You're right we do just have to keep trying and not give up. Keep me updated on your progress, hope everything works out for you

Lertise, that's wonderful news you are pregnant now especially after all the past struggles. Ovarian drilling has been recommended for me as well and I think it would be a good idea, just haven't done it yet. I hope you have a very happy and healthy pregnancy!

Babyluv, I hear ya about the acne! I'm 29 and still get it like a teenager during my cycles. Sorry you are having to wait a year before drs will do much of anything but that seems to be pretty standard unless a woman is over 35. Maybe you will get some answers from your bloodwork though. Lots of luck to you! Take care em

 
Old 12-10-2006, 06:40 PM   #15
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Hi Emilycaitlin

I understand everything that you're going through. I did the clomid, the shots, and metamorphine and nothing worked. The met would make me sick to my stomach. So they put me on Avandia and that worked great without any side effects. I had ovarian drilling done in July of 02. I finally got pregnant in Feb of 03 and delivered a healthy baby girl in Oct of 03. It took us almost six years before I got pregnant. I think what did it that time was the Leterzole. I know that drug has worked on so many women that were trying to conceive with PCO. Now my husband and I would like to have one more. I just hope and pray it doesn't take as long as it did for the first one. I'm going to call and make an appointment tomorrow and we'll go from there. Take care and good luck. It's going to happen just pray and believe

 
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