PCOS

Diana - posted on 12/26/2008 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Hi All



I am 34 yr old, the mother of a beautiful 6 yr old boy, and I was diagnosed with PCOS this year. No one really has an answer for why I conceived and carried my son to term. I have had 2 early miscarriges and almost lost my son as well to miscarriage.

I am thrilled to know my son is a little miracle, and yet I am broken hearted to know that having more children is most likely not a posiibility without intervention. also, I have gained 50 lbs due to an under active thyroid and PCOS. I have been told my only hope of improving my health and reducing symptoms of PCOS is severe weight loss.



I would love to talk to other women who share in this struggle

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Shellie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi my name is shellie im 26 years old. At the age of 12 years I started my period, within 6 months my periods were lasting well over 7 days and were very painful. I went to the hospital at 14 years old because my period lasted 67 days. They wanted 2 give me a blood transfusion. In the end they put me on the pill and ferrous sulphate. When i got 2 17 i wanted 2 cum off the pill as i was getting married at 18 ans wanted 2 start a family straight away. My periods got heavier and heavier I was wearing 2 maternity pads and they wasnt doing the job. I new I had a under active thyriod which I had been diagnosed with when I was 13. Later that year I was told I had PCOS and I would find it very hard 2 concieve. Anyway cutting a long story short I was given clomid and had folicle tracking. I got pregnant twice my first pregnancy lasted 16 weeks which i was then told my baby had died. I had a D & C 2 remove the remains. The 2nd pregnancy lasted 8 weeks then I started 2 bleed. I lost that 1. I got reffered 2 a higher grade hospital that dealt with this problem alot more. They said I needed 2 lose weight when I got pregnant I was 14 stone 7 pounds they wanted at least 2 stone off before they would give me another 6 month dose of Clomid. They sent me away with a drug called Metformin it is used 2 treat diabetics with there insulin levels but also helps with weight loss in a controlled diet. I went back in 3 months and I had lost 3 and a half stone they then without hesitating gave me clomid. Lucky the 1st months dose I took i was pregnant. 9 months later I had a healthy baby boy 6 pound 5 and a half oz. So I do agree weight loss is the best and easiest way 2 get pregnant. I am now over weight again and want 2 start trying for another so im back on the metformin lets see if im luck enough for it 2 work again now. My son is 4 february and he is fab. I hope this gives u abit of hope. Please dont give up xx

Elizabeth - posted on 01/20/2009

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I was diagnosed with PCOS two years ago after a hard fough TTC battle. I had surgery on my ovaries in April 2007--ovarian drilling. Very painful, but my only chance, apparently. I concieved too soon after and apparently the egg that got fertilized was damaged in surgery. I miscarried in June. After more metformin and other fertility drugs, I became pg with my daughter. I miscarried her twin at 6 wks. But Brenna made it here safely on Aug 28, 08. I, too, have weight loss issues, but after TTC and all the emotional rollercoaster that you go thru, who wouldn't have excess weight?? You know? Hang in there, from what I've learned life is a wild ride. I'm not looking forward to the chaos that may ensue when I decide I'm ready to try again....

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T - posted on 06/20/2014

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Hello i cant really relate to what you are going through but im 33 years old i was diagnosed with pcos about 12 years ago,My period started at age 14 and it lasted for 7 to 10 days but it came every month like clock work when i turn 16 i started a relationship that i was in for 10 yrs never became pregnant and lord knows we tried when i turned 24 my period just stopped been to drs that was giving me 5 pills to bring my periods down but stops pregnancy so i decided not to take them my periods never been painful i wouldnt know when it was coming or going long story short relationship ended started a new one been in this one for nine years period completely stopped for about a year just came back for one month did take metformin for a year no pregnancy my boyfriend has kids so i know he is good havent got pregnant dont know what to do dont want this to affect my relationship again and on top of all that grows excess hair under chin and on stomach always moody they say it could come from family but my whole family has kids im the only one that has never been pregnant and has this problem can any body relate. tee from bklyn.

Waunetta - posted on 05/27/2013

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im 57 now was diganosed when i was 18. my question is does anyone out there ny age or close who may noe if they cum like normal ? my husband hadnt had sex with me in 11yrs,i now do have sex & can reach a orgasm but it does take awhile & i do get wet enough on my own still.

Waunetta - posted on 05/27/2013

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hello i had my son in 1982 ! i was 26 yrs old & i tried all those yr. ive never had any more children. i believe i noe how he got there but never talked 2 my doctor about it. so i dont noe 4 sure if im right. medicine is much more advanced than when i was diagnoised ,

Heather - posted on 09/04/2010

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i was diagnosed with pcos when i was 16 and told id never be able to have a child of my own.i personally think that doctors misdiagnose pcos too much or make the wrong assumption that u can not conicive naturally i didnt take any of my medication i dont like putting crap into my body i lost 60 pounds and started living a really active healthy lifestyle and changed my view i cant have children to i can have as many beautiful babies as god can give me and within idk 6 months maybe after losing the weight i got pregnant with my daughter who is now 3 months.i know many people that "couldnt have children"due to pcos that have atleast one child..good luck

CARRIE - posted on 05/27/2010

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I am a 34 year old mother a wonderful 1 year old boy. I don't have PCOS but, during my c-section a year ago I was told why it took me 14 years to conceive my son and why I probably won't be able to conceive another child without medical intervention. Seems I have a tilted and misshapen uterus and a fibroid. They said it was a 1 in a billion chance that I got pregnant the first time with no help. And due to how long it took me to conceive the first time and the extra added scarring from the c-section that if wanted another child before I was too old to have one that I would have to have medical help to get pregnant again. I am also grateful for my beautiful healthy son. I want to be happy that at least I have one but, I am a little sad to think I may never be able to have another. I can't afford medical help so I have decided that we will just let nature take it's course. If we are meant to have another then we will.

Shannon - posted on 05/26/2010

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I've never been diagnosed but all the doctors tell me that I have it. I conceived on clomid then miscarried because the doctors never tested my thyroid and low and behold I have a underactive thyroid. My husband and I did fertility shots and got pregnant and I delivered a little girl just over a year ago. My doctor said I will have to do fertility treatments again but I'm scared to do the shots again because 5 eggs dropped the first time but only 1 fertilzed...what if they all would the second time around?! I was told there is no cure for it, but if we want to try to get pregnant again that there is a insulin (glucophage) that will regulate my cycles...I don't know though!

Eleni - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi!I am 28 years old i just had my baby doughter on december!i have pcos too!I've been trying to conceive for 15 months!i had 2 iui(intrauterine insemination)and i've been given metformin and chlomid!the second iui worked!when i was trying to conceive i did a lot of reading in this topic and metformin realy helps!

User - posted on 12/20/2009

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hi all.. i was told i had pcos just over a year ago and told i wasnt ovulating, after trying for a baby for a few yrs wit my partner,i got put on metformin and told 2 lose weight... i went on a diet cutting down on everything and started biking to work which was about 25 miles a week and biking everywhere so probs biked about 30 miles plus a week.After trying for a baby for hitting on for 4 yrs i fell pregnant :D im still in shock about it even though i am 13 weeks and everything is goin well, i am scared about having a miscarriage so i am just being extra carful, no drink no being around ppl who r smoking and being carful wat i am eating... gd luck for every1 who is trying for a baby, it can happen :D even for sum1 who got told that it would probs take ivf to fall preg

Leticia - posted on 12/02/2009

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I was diagnosed with borderline PCOS when I was 17 years old. They told me I would never have children without medicine. When I was 19 years old I got pregnant with my daughter and never had a problem through pregnancy. I thought the doctors had mis-diagnosed me. In August I stopped having a menstral cycle and went in to find out that I did for a fact have PCOS. I always dreamed of a big family. I hope that one day I will have more kids but Im scared to try and have a miscarriage.



I have a friend that they diagnosed her with PCOS when she stopped having a period and she lost 50 pounds and right after that she started having a period again normally. She has never tried to have kids, but she keeps telling me if I loose weight that it might help.



I was 256 pounds the day I found out I was pregnant and now even though I try to eat right and work out I still keep gaining. The last time I looked at the scales it said 316. It scares me to know that I am that big. I keep trying to loose weight and I can gain it but I cant loose it. But they have said that there is nothing wrong with my thyroid.

Robin - posted on 08/15/2009

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Hi I was diagnosed with PCOS at 15 and was told I would never have kids, well after clomid we have no one who is 8 months old, and SUPRISE we are pregnant again, and didnt use anything, keep trying, there is so much good out there now to help with things like this.

User - posted on 08/06/2009

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I am 25 and was diagnosed with PCOS 3 yrs ago. I tried metformin for 6 months and had to stop because it made me horrribly sick (vomiting and diarrhea) I have had 1 miscarriage and now am expecting in Feb after fertility meds and insemmination. I am over weight and still got pregnant. Best of luck!

MELISSA - posted on 05/21/2009

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Have it and have 3 wounderful girls, 2 with glucphage (diabetic drug) and a dose of chlomid and 1 oh my god we can have kids with out drugs. My doc did a random insulin test and my levels were 3 times what they should have been. He explaned it as a circle. insulin messed up causes glucose mess up causes female hormones to mess up causes male hormones to mess up causes insulin to mess up and around we go again. if you break the cycle (use glucophage and chlomid) your hormones go back to normal and conception is possable and lower chance of miscarage. this may also help with weight loss as the imbalance of glucose and insulan cause you to maintain weight and have a harder time shedding the pounds. Metformin is another name for glucophage and works in the same way. hope this help you good luck

Britney - posted on 05/21/2009

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I am 28 years old, and I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20. My husband and I tried for 5 years to get pregnant, we tried clomid, progesterone, metformin, and nothing worked. We finally concieved through IVF, and our beautiful daughter was bor on Nov. 18, 2004. We did IVF again a few years later, and our son was born May 17, 2007. I just recently foung out that I am insulin resistant and have hypothyroidism as well. That explains the weight issue. I am in the same boat as all of you, and hope maybe someday there will be a cure for PCOS

Amy - posted on 05/10/2009

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hi hun, i to have pcos, and was told i would never have my own children, i gave birth to a baby boy in jan 2009. i lost 2 stone before i concieved, however i was just about to start ivf also. it took me 7 years to gett my little boy. pcos it a pain, i have exessive hair growth to and i hate it, take care hun xxx

Michelle - posted on 05/07/2009

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I am 26 and was diagnosed with PCOS about two years ago when my hubby and I started to try and get pregnant. (and failed) Thank the Lord that I have not gone through what some of the women here have and had a miscarriage. I was diagnosed with PCOS by a infertility specialist that actually worked at the Mayo Clinic and specialized in PCOS. I was so lucky. I had to have a polyp removed from the end of my fallopian tube and had my endometrisosis (sp) removed. She did suggest to me that I lose some weight. Easier said than done right!(especially when you are also insulin resistant!) It's been a difficult road but I'm slowly getting back to the weight that is considered healthy. I am the mother of a wonderful little 10 month girl named Olivia and hope to someday have more. My biggest worry is having to go through the whole ordeal again when we try to have another. It's so nice to see that other women are going through the same things as I am. Congrats on your little bundles of joy! They are truly a blessing!

Shannon - posted on 05/02/2009

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Hi I am struggling with pcos. I like you was able to have a child my son is 4 before I was diagnosed. My husband and I are now trying to concieve again. We have tried for 9 months without results and was told I have pcos. I just went to my ob and was prescribed clomid. He says odds are within 3 cycles I will be concieve :) Maybe you should ask your doctor if Clomid is right for you.

Bridgette - posted on 04/28/2009

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the wieght thing too was not that big of an issue i knew it wouldbe easier if i lost weight so i started two years before i got pregnant on weight watchers and lost 40 pounds but the doctors that got me pregnant have never mentined anything about wieght the whole time i was trying or during the pregnancy i just think it depends on the doctor you talk to

Bridgette - posted on 04/28/2009

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I have PCOS was diagnosed when I was around 13 or 14 years old I'm now 25 and pregnant with my first. it was hard to get pregnant we went to one doctor for almost two years and didn't really get anywhere and then I started seeing a new doctor well not even a doctor a physicians assistant at a woman's clinic where they dealt with what was wrong with me more often we tried for almost another 6 months with the metformin and chlomed (which is what the other doctor had me on but with this doctor we actually saw results and it was doing what it was supposed to just by a few little tweaks to amounts if that makes sense) it was getting really stressful so we decided to try artificial insemination (using my husband of course ;) ) and it worked first try. and the pregnancy has gone perfect not one complication which is amazing for me my body's all about complications we will see what happens come birthing time but for now everything is perfect. so I think if you find the right doctor it could be a lot easier then you think. our first doctor said one more month and if it does not happen it isn't going to pretty much and when we went to the other doctor he said that the other doctor was stupid and he knew we could get pregnant so good luck and don't give up

Rachel - posted on 04/24/2009

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Me and my partner were trying for a baby for 1 year, it seemed like it was taking ages and the doctor convinced us that it takes up to 1 year to get pregnant. we thought nothing of it and just kept trying. Eventually my periods stopped and i had a positive pregnancy test, went for my scan and there was no baby in there, the only thing the midwife found was a bunch of cysts on my Ovaries, which she diagnosed me as suffering PCOS. we were devastated, she said i can never have children naturally. I then had to have alot of blood tests and then they put me on Clomid, being the negative person i am i thought clomid would not work either and that im just a person with bad luck.

After the third cycle of clomid we got pregnant, my boy is now 13 months old and as beautiful as ever and we love him so much. i just want to thank all the mothers who have been through the same thing i have been through and suceeded, also my sister Michele who lost two children one at 3 days old and the other at 5 months pregnant. and Clomid. and for all you Moms out there who are finding it impossible to conceive, there is plenty of treatments out there and you will get there just hold your head up high and remain positive!

Lisa - posted on 04/13/2009

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my hubby and i ttc #1 since 2000 and were off and on clomid ..well years later starting in 2004 i started getting blood work , u/s , hsg and other testing done. then i got put back on clomid with metformin and without knowing anything kept ttc with no luck and was told to loose 10lb! so i did..nothing . my husband is army and we moved from ga in 2006 * after 3 deployments and homecommings including r&r you woul think we could concieve ) we even tried birth control with no luck. in 2006 when we got to our new duty station we seen a new dr and started more tests and meds*clomid , metformin* no luck. so i went to work while he worked and ended the meds.i decided after hearing so many more women were pg that i knew and were close to me i woul go back to the dr. i did and we started meds and learned i had pcos...finnaly. we continued off and on the clomid with no luck. in 2007 my dr said we had 3 tries of clomid left..and i got real sick with a respitory infection *nov 07* and had to go for a pap before i gettin more meds.this time it was clomid,metformin and a steriod.they tested me at my apt and i thought nothing of it while being sick and got my meds since i knew i was not pg!  it turns out they called me and i missed the call with my results and when i got the msg and listend in my heart i knew i was pg.shure enough and i made them do blood work. our daughter came into the world via emergency c-section july 8 2008.so just when we thought it was always going to be just the two us..she came along and there is not a day when we would trade it! we would love another child and hope that soon with the help of meds working out and luck we will! good luck to those who try for just one!

Cynthia - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi. I'm 35 and have two beautiful miracles after being diagnosed with PCOS in Jan 98. I also have hypothyroidism and have been on meds for that since I was 20. I have been on fertility drugs and had ovarian drilling in the hope of concieving. However, when I conceived both my children I was only taking metformin. My daughter was conceived about a year after the ovarian drilling. Up until that procedure I wasn't even ovulating.

I believe weight loss does help because I lost about 25lbs prior to getting pg both times. Additionally, because of PCOS there is a higher chance of developing type II diabetes, which controlling the weight will help deter. I know it is difficult to lose weight but I have found a wonderful friend who motivates me to exercise and we work out 3 times a week. I am currently trying and praying to conceive another child.

Liz - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi!



My story is similar-tried for two years then diagnosed with pcos.  Conceived my son Ryan through iui with clomid.  I am still on metformin because I am insulin resistant and thinking about baby number 2. 



 



I know I can get pregnant on my own because I got pregnant shortly after Ryan was born and lost it at 7 weeks.   Hopefully we can!



 



 

Jennifer - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hi!I am 35.  I have PCOS and  I was also told that losing wieght would help in getting pregnant. But seriously, I think because of the PCOS it is harder for us to lose the wieght!! I have a beautiful healthy 4yr old daughter and I got pregnant with her through IUI treatments. I also got pregnant a second time with IUI quite easily. Unfortunately the baby had health issues that were not at all related to the PCOS or the IUI.  I just want you to know that you are not alone. It was very frustrating and an emotional rollercoaster to say the least!!! But in the end it was all worth it as u know!!  I am here to talk. take care

Jenn - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Diana,

I was diagnosed about 4 years ago after going to the doctor because I had stopped menstrating. After months of tests and procedures, including an HSG, he diagnosed me with PCOS. It answered questions that both me and my doctor had had for years. Like why was my hair falling out, why was I having trouble maintaining my weight even with a good diet and excercise. Me and my bf have a beautiful one year old boy (who was quite a surprise). I too have been told that my only hope of improving my health and reducing symptoms is sever weight loss.

I look forward to talking to you and anyone who is on this journey.

Charlene - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi Diana I am 29 and my baby girl was born Nov 4 after 2 1/2 years of ttc. I was diagnosed with PCOS in Oct 2007, after seeing a fertility specialist. I concieved with the help of injectables.



I am also on Metformin as I am insulin resistant and I started batteling with my weight when I went off the pill. I am still trying to get my weight down but I am getting there slowy. I have luckily lost all my pregnancy weight already so I just need to loose the other I gained during my fertility treatment which went on for 2 years.

Kristi - posted on 01/08/2009

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I am 26 and was finally diagnosed with PCOS at 22 (after 2 years of doctors trying to figure out what was wrong).  They put me on metformin and started treatments and I know have beautiful twin boys.  I had a fluctuating weight issue for a while, but the metformin and regular exercise has helped a lot, and my weight is staying steady.  My doctor has said weight loss would be good, but just staying active and manageing stress help limit the PCOS side affects.  I am also trying acupunture, a lot of research says it helps with PCOS and my doctor said he has heard of it being used, but hasn't known anyone that has tried it.

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