Trying to get pregnant...its not happening.

Amelia - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Up until April of 2006 my periods were normal. I had on every month, not always when I expected them, but I had them. They were light and hassle-free. Then I got pregnant with my son (while on birth control I might add). After he was born I had a period once every three months for the first year. When he turned 1 I finally saw a doctor and he told me I had PCOS. It made sense to me since I had all the symptoms except irregular periods before I got pregnant. He prescribed Metformin and I went on my merry way. It worked. I had periods. But it made me incredibly sick. So when I went back on birth control I stopped taking it. Now I want to have a baby. I stopped the birth control a few months ago. The problems is I'm not getting periods anymore. I know I need to take the Metformin but it makes me so sick I can't take care of my 2 1/2 year old. I'm getting discouraged. Going to the doctor to get clomid is not an option and I worry I'll never get pregnant on my own. Does anyone have an encouraging story?

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Cassie - posted on 09/29/2009

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I was diagnosed with PCOS seven years ago, I did metformin, clomid, all the blood tests, I didnt ovulate at all. I gave up.

I decided I would have to be fine with just being Auntie to everyone elses... I got really into taking the older kids out when I walked my dog, we actually ended up walking almost 4 miles a day for a while, I lost tons of weight ( lots of water helped) after 7 years and having given up, I concieved Shiloh and she was born completely healthy on August 20th of this year. I know weight loss is hard, but every breath she takes makes it all worth it.



ps- I had to go from 300+ to 180 before I concieved, and didnt even know I could ovulate

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Keith - posted on 02/16/2014

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Keith - posted on 02/16/2014

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I have a nearly 13 years but was married 12 years, I know the pain of staying home from church on Mother’s Day. I still re-live that hurt and grieve the babies I never carried.until i met oduwa legba who help me out and this is his details; +2348165061583 or oduwalegba@outlook.com.God did so that He will be glorified.

Keith - posted on 02/16/2014

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This was me for 6 yrs. we were finally able to have children with the help of one man. This past yr I’ve conceived naturally ( something that’s never happened to me) twice, and miscarried both babies. So while my arms are full this mothers day, I ache for those babies I’ve lost and I also ache for those ladies struggling w infertility as I did. until i met oduwa legba who help me out and this is his details; +2348165061583 or oduwalegba@outlook.com.God did so that He will be glorified.

Keith - posted on 02/16/2014

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Great article. I am a similar age and have several friends who are facing the same realization you are, and at times, it can be heart-breaking, though they still lead fantastic lives. I struggle with medical infertility, and learned about it only after waiting until after grad school to get pregnant, but do not find the sympathy you refer to, unless,until i met oduwa legba who help me out and this is his details; +2348165061583 or oduwalegba@outlook.com.God did so that He will be glorified.

Keith - posted on 02/16/2014

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I'm 58 and childless, until i met oduwa legba who help me out and this is his details; +2348165061583 or oduwalegba@outlook.com.God did so that He will be glorified.

Sandra - posted on 01/26/2013

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I and my husband have been trying to conceive for almost 12 years. The doctors were not sure y. Till last year saying I have pcod. I am on 500mgs of metformin twice a day. I still have problems. I have had my period now every month. I have missed this month took a test and was negative. My husband is on the verg of calling quits for us and walk away from it all. I am almost ready to throw in the towel my self. I have asked my doctor of other stuff and she does not want to put me on it, yet she told me if I do not have a pregnancy this year I will not get pregnant because I am 32 already. I really have no one I can turn to talk to because my family looks at me like I am nuts for wanting a child and my husband looks at me like I am messed up for not having a child. I really do not know what to do of short of buying meds online to I can have a baby.

Karen - posted on 03/03/2010

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Hi all, I've been taking Metformin for almost 3 years now. One tip I can give for the ladies having nasty side effects is to take it on a full stomach before bed. I originally took it twice a day, but I ended up having to spend all my time in the restroom. My doctor told me to try taking both doses together at night. It worked, and we've just recently upped my dosage to 1500mg to try to help me get pregnant without fertility drugs.

Anola - posted on 11/26/2009

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hi i have a 10 yr old an was diagnosed with pcos an ir in 2006 after 9mon of no planned parenthood letting me go with out a period at 29 yrs old the doctors had to remove one ovary for another reason and told me that the pcos was so bad in the ither i wouldnt concieve without high dose fertility drugs even then they didnt think i could. well this october i found out i am pregnant actually i am now 4months an due may 8 2010. it was a shock since i had no pregnancy symptoms but theres always a chance for that miracle baby even if is yrs down the road an your told will never happen. my pregnancy now is proof that when ya least expect it you can recieve a blessing. keep your chin up by the way i wasnt using anything this baby was concieved naturally the baby they said wouldnt happen did. good luck

Amelia - posted on 11/03/2009

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Ok, so I'm back on the Metformin. I took one yesterday and one today. I'll take one tomorrow and after that I'll take two each day for 3 days until I get up to the 3 a day I'm supposed to be on. I'm already feeling the ill effects but I've come to the conclusion that I'm gaining weight because my blood sugar is out of control and I've completely stopped ovulating. I'm worried about becoming diabetic so I'll stay on the Metformin no matter how sick it makes me. Hopefully pregnancy will be a side benefit. Wish me luck ladies!

Kristy - posted on 10/15/2009

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I too have PCOS. I started trying to have a baby 5 years ago. My doctor, at that time, put me on Metformin but I stopped taking it after about 2 weeks because it made me so sick. After 4 years, 2 failed rounds of Clomid and 2 fertility doctors telling me IVF was my only option (which for me wasn’t an option since our insurance wouldn’t pay for it) I was ready to give up and was considering adoption.
My sister-in-law was in Med School and working a rotation with the schools fertility doctor. She started telling him about my situation and he told her he thought he could help. After much consideration my husband and I decided to give it one last try. The first thing he gave me was hope but he told me I needed to go back on the Metformin and let it do its thing for at least 3 months before I started taking fertility meds. He put me on 1500 mgs a day but told me to take it slow and work my way up to 1500 mg. I started out only taking 1 of the 500 mg tablets a day for a week then I bumped it up to 1000 mg a day it until I made it all the way up to the 1500 mg. I also found that I wouldn’t get sick if I ate more protein and less carbs when I took it. After a month or so my body got used to it and it doesn't make me sick anymore as long as I take it with food. I was overweight and he told me I really needed to try to lose weight. I did the low carb diet (less than 30mg carbs and more than 30mg of protein per meal) and that paired with the Metformin (and exercise) I lost 35 pounds in 3 months. Then he decided not to use Clomid because it hadn’t worked for me in the past. He gave me something called Letrozol (I think it is also called Femera), which made me produce a follicle. Then he have me a shot of HCG (a pregnancy hormone) to make the follicle mature and release. It only took 2 tries for us to conceive and we now have a beautiful 7-month-old baby girl. I still take the Metformin and always will. After I got used to it I actually started to feel better and stopped gaining weight. It was tough getting used to the Metformin but it was worth it. Don’t give up. There is always hope.

Vignette-Noelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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Hi Amelia,

I am pregnant with my first baby and due any day now but I have PCOS and didn't know until my husband and I started trying. I had a normal period once when I was about 12 and then never had it again without the help of birth control pills. When I was diagnosed with PCOS I was both devastated and scared. I definitely recommend going to a fertility clinic and talking to a doctor who really understands PCOS. My regular Obgyn didn't really understand it at first because he is not a specialist. I know how scary it sounds to go to a fertility clinic but I'm so glad we went.

As far as drugs, our doctor tried a number of things with me like Provera just to see if I could get a period. It didn't work. So he put me on Metformin to help me lose weight and correct my insulin levels b/c insulin can play a big part in PCOS. I lost 35 pounds while on a 10 carb a day diet. I had to cut out ALL sugars....no fruit even! Then he tried Clomid and that didn't work. We did about 3 cycles I think. Then I went on Folistim which is an injectable medication to pump up your folicles. That finally worked. Our biggest folicle was a size 22! (They just have to be a size 18 in order to be fertilized) Then I took another shot called Ovidrel to ensure ovulation then we had timed sex every other day and finally we were pregnant!

There are also several natural methods you could try to decrease the cyst sizes like taking a combination of things like false unicorn root, Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose Oil, B5 and Vitamin E.

I recommend staying the course with the Metformin if you can and following your own instincts. Listen to your body, get in touch with your body...only then will you feel you have control of your body. :) Hang in there and you will succeed! And remember to think positively and just keep manifesting that little baby! It's all part of the journey!

Positive thoughts and warmth,
V

Amelia - posted on 08/22/2009

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Thank you so much. I've been feeling down and hopeless lately but I know that I am lucky to have fewer problems than some women. Here's to hoping we both have beautiful babies next year!

Stacey - posted on 08/22/2009

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I had my first baby in 2005 after trying for several years to get pregnant. We had seen infertility specialist and were told that we would never have a baby without injections because of my PCOS. I wouldn't take that for an answer and got a second opinion. I too was on Metformin back then and it made me terribly sick and I stopped taking it. The RE we saw for a second opinion put me on Metformin ER and that worked wonders, I didn't get sick. I decided that my weight was an issue as well and had Gastric bypass in 2003-went off the Metformin-and within 9 months found out that I was pregnant with Zachary. I'm not saying that surgery is the answer, and wouldn't ever suggest it to anyone who hasn't soul searched it. We had our miracle with NO medications or for that matter even trying to get pregnant. We decided in 2007 we wanted another baby and went off BCPs. We tried for a year with no luck, so my OBGYN sent us to a new RE and we started clomid-no luck. After 6 months on the clomid we found out I had a uterine fibroid that had to come out. The doctor removed a 7 lb, soccer ball sized tumor from my uterus-I wasn't getting pregnant because my body thought it WAS pregnant. He also did what they call "laproscopic ovarian drilling" that got me ovulating on my own, but just to bump up my ovulation they started me on Femara. I am getting good ovulation now but only from the right ovary. I am taking this month off of medications-giving my body a rest-and then next cycle back on the Femara and pair that with insemination, and keep our fingers crossed. I hope my story will inspire you! I will keep you posted on my progress and whether or not I get pregnant!!! Lots of baby dust for you!!! I will say a special prayer for you that it turns out good for you as well!!! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Kelly - posted on 08/05/2009

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Hi, I have been trying for 5 years to get pregnant with another baby, I have the issue that my periods are pretty non existent. I tried to take metformin but like you it made me incredibly sick, Can you ask the Dr to give you the slow realease metformin? I have heard that this really does help. I really hope that you get the baby that you are hoping for x

Erin - posted on 07/10/2009

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I had a bit of trouble while on Metformin with heartburn, but for the most part, I was fine. I was on it to concieve both of my boys. The second time, my doctor told me to slowly up the dose. I started with just one pill a day for a week and slowly increased to 2, then 3 pills per day. That really helped with the heartburn feeling. Since it makes you so sick, maybe talk to your doctor about getting up to the 3 pills per day over 3 months. Good luck.

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