Prenatals and PCOS

User - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Would Prenatals help with Polysistic Overain Syndrom? if taken before trying to concieve?

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Shanna - posted on 03/09/2014

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U just found out last year I have pcos and I don't have a doc any more I lost my job and lose my medical insurance so now I am working again and I am trying to have a baby and can't get pregnant I can't sign up for medical til enrollment time comes back around what should I do?

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2009

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If you are trying to get pregnant, It isn't a bad idea to take prenatal vitamins. They are a good source of folic acid which is crucial to preventing many birth defects. However, I have never heard of it helping you with PCOS.



I was diagnosed with PCOS a little over a year ago. My doctor put me on Metformin and after one month I conceived and now have healthy baby girl. I did not have to have any other interventions like Clomid. My doctor was very helpful in helping me to decide the best treatment for my PCOS. Each case is different.



Hopefully, you have doctor that you can trust. I would have the conversation with your doctor and he/she can help you devise the right course of treatment for you.

Libby - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Heather:

I went out today and got womens one a day prentals/ vitamins im starting to take. I have metofroin here at the house for past illnesses etc.


It is not a good idea to just start taking a medication like that without your doctor's approval and correct dosing instructions.

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I have PCOS too. The cysts cleared up on their own. I didn't want to be on the pill any more so my doctor put me on Metformin. It's the same thing that diabetics take, which sounds weird at first. It doesn't do anything to your sugar levels, it just helps your body function better and it helps regulate your cycle if you have PCOS and doesn't have the side effects of the pill. I was able to get pregnant by only using metformin. I didn't have to use clomid, which made me happy. Talk to your doctor about your options if you're trying to get pregnant. Good luck!

Libby - posted on 07/10/2009

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My friend had to use metformin for her PCOS because her sugar was elevated, but not high like diabetes would be. She also had to use Clomid. But it's gonna be different for everybody. Again, it's a chemical change in your body. The metformin helps with that chemical imbalance. The cysts are what causes those problems. Your doc can do ultrasounds to see if you need something to help you ovulate. They watch to see if your follicles mature, then if any rupture (release an egg). It's hard to guess what your PCOS could be doing to your ovulation.

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User - posted on 07/10/2009

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I went out today and got womens one a day prentals/ vitamins im starting to take. I have metofroin here at the house for past illnesses etc.

Libby - posted on 07/10/2009

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Clomid is a pill that helps you ovulate. Only problem I see with putting you on the pill is you're going to want to go off of it in a few months b/c you want to get pregnant. And if you don't have the birth control to help keep you regular then you will be in my boat (irregular periods) and you probably won't ovulate on your own. Best advice I can give you is while you are on the BC to help get you regular, try exercising and eating right. You may not need to do that, I don't know. But for me when I gave up and figured I wasn't going to get pregnant I started working on myself. I ate differently and walked almost every day. I lost 40 pounds and something jump started in my body and I ovulated on my own. Being over weight will contribute to your PCOS problems, and it did mine. Even losing 20 pounds might change the chemical make up of your body and help you ovulate. I know when my mom lost 20 pounds it helped her blood pressure greatly! And she's still over weight. But it's definetly a lot about the chemical make up of your body. The cysts change a lot about your chemical make up like your sugar and cholesterol. So, if you fight against that by changing the chemical make up from what you can control (food & exercise) then you are half way there.

User - posted on 07/10/2009

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whats clomid? not yet, other than birth control that im on to get regular cycle

Libby - posted on 07/10/2009

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I have PCOS and I have never heard of prenatals helping you conceive. Prenatals won't shrink the cysts you have on your ovaries or help you ovulate. I spontaenously ovulated after losing 40 pounds. Before that tried for a year and a half with infertility meds and couldn't get pregnant. However, the pregnancy before that I used Clomid once and got pregnant. Have you talked to your doctor about using something to help you ovulate?

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