P.C.O.S and trying to conceive.

Danielle - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




Hello ladies,

The other day I had received confirmation that I have P.C.O.S.

My fiance and I have been casually trying to conceive since December with no luck. I've also have not menstruated since that time as well.

Our doctor has recommended trying to loose some weight, (since I've has troubles loosing since the birth of our now 19 mth old son), and we turned down medication to stimulate my ovulation/ menstruation to see if loosing weight will be enough.

My question is for anyone with P.C.O.S (or knowledge of): Will loosing weight be enough to trigger menstruation? Has anyone with P.C.O.S not need medical intervention to fall pregnant? How long was it to fall pregnant with or without intervention with this condition?

Thank you all for your advice



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I was told to try weight gain. I was borderline underweight though and gaining didn't help. I didn't have a lot of symptoms just no periods and acne. I was tired of being on the pill so I asked what else I could do. They put me on metformin. It's also used for diabetes. Something with regulating insulin (even though my blood work was fine) also regulated my hormones. After two months on metformin I was having regular periods and then got pregnant without even trying. I was so happy that I didn't have to resort to clomid (although I would have if needed). Now my daughter is 11 months and still breastfeeding. I just started my period without any meds. My doctor said sometimes a pregnancy can "reset" your body and he's confident that I won't need to worry about getting back on metformin for now.

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With my PCOS to conceive my first child they just put me on glucophage, a diabetes medication. I don't have high insulin but apparently something in my hormone system was confused from the PCOS and thought my insulin was way too high. It took a few months but finally we got our baby girl. 2 mths after she was born I got pregnant again with no intervention or drugs... Hope this helps

Becky - posted on 04/12/2010




I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 21. I was told that losing weight would help me with concieving. I did lose about 30 lbs. before I got married, and I don't know whether that is what did the trick or not, but I got pregnant within a month afterwards! I got pregnant again when my son was only 10 months old! Without any interventions or even trying that hard - other than not using any protection.
PCOS can make it harder to lose weight. Because it often does go hand in hand with insulin resistence or Type II Diabetes, what often works best for losing weight is a low carb diet. I wouldn't go with a severely carb restricted diet, like Atkins, that's just not healthy. But try to cut down on carbs and go for only complex carbohydrates, cut waaaay down on sugar, white flour and pasta and other processed carbohydrates.
LA Weight Loss is how I lost the weight.

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Linta - posted on 05/01/2012




I was diagonised with PCOS when I was 26 and after trying for 2 years I got a baby... that time weight reduction worked. but now after 5 years again doc is telling me to reduce weight and it is not just happening with diet and some sort of excersise. I hope some one can help by sharing some worth tips on diet which has worked out with the similar conditions.

Jacklyn - posted on 05/17/2011




i have pcos and i was diagnosed at 21, i was put on metformin and lost about 50 lbs, when we were ready for our child, it only took us about 4 months to get pregnant with me just taking the metformin. I lost health insurance after my daughter's birth so i havent been on the metformin since so not being on it for me works as a good birth control

April - posted on 05/17/2011




i have a 16 month old son and found out at the start of the year i had it i heard metformin or clomid is good im gonna try them so i can fall pregnant

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2010




I tried to concieve for 10+ years. I took fertility drugs, had artificial insemination, and invitro fertilization all of which were unsuccessful. Then concieved on my own with no help with fertility treatment. I think stress is a factor. And I do take Metformin which regulates my cycles. I do think losing weight would help regulate your hormones as well because being overweight makes insulin resistance worse. Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 04/13/2010




Hey ladies,
That you all for your suggestions.
I think I've always had P.C.O.S. My periods were never on a schedule, I've has problems with hair growth, and of course my weight.
I've always been a little overweight, but since my emergency c-section (which later got infected resulting in 2 weeks i.v treatments), and miscarriage the consequence of an ovary cyst the size of a golfball (which also lead to an uterine infection), my body just hasn't regulated itself.
My doctor did say that my insulin was high. So maybe in a couple months I'll go back if there is no results.

Thank you all for your suggestions.

Suzy - posted on 04/12/2010




I would recommend seeing an infertility specialist; I developed PCOS after I had my first and am now TTC my second & we now have a plan, thanks to my fertility doctor. My OB said the solution was to lose weight & I've been trying, but it's hard & I haven't seen any change in my fertility. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 04/09/2010




I have PCOS and my OB/GYN said that losing weight wouldn't effect me getting pregnant, he said it MAY help. I was put on Clomid, and conceived 6 months later. I didn't lose any weight within that time. But everyone is different, so I would suggest losing weight to get healthy to carry the baby. And I know this is hard but try to relax and not stress so much about it. Easier said than done, I know, it took my husband and I almost 2 1/2 years to conceive. Literally the month after I told my husband I wanted to stop taking the Clomid and try naturally again, we got pregnant. Good luck to you dear......best wishes.

Krystal - posted on 04/09/2010




Hi there ladies, i also have PCOS along with endometriosis.

I am a larger lady myself and since concieving naturally am losing weight however in safe moderation throughout my pregnancy.

I have been advised that many of time to relieve painful symptons of one or the two combined that it is quite common to be prescirbed the pill. I know when trying to concieve this shouldnt be a concern therefore you wouldnt take it however for personal knowledge and in case ever asked i would like to tell you all that i have been told that whilst suffering PCOS and or endometriosis that going on the contraceptive pill can make you infertile.

In regards to concieving i have also been told that instead of the woman having hormone replacements it helps if the men does although im unsure how true this is because me concieving was a complete shock.

Good luck all xxx

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I think it is different with each person. I have P.C.O.S. and was never able to conceive. We started trying when I was married at 20 & I am now 38. A Reproductive Endocrinologist wanted us to try injections and Artificial Insemination, etc. We just couldn't afford that after trying less aggressive meds like progesterone & Clomid...
I heard they are trying something new with a med used for Insulin resistance now for people with P.C.O.S. I was always thin until I stopped trying so hard to get pregnant so I'm not sure whether or not losing weight will trigger ovulation & menstruation because I had problems even being really thin. I would try to follow advice of a Specialist.

Debora - posted on 04/09/2010




I was on meds for p.c.o.s got preguant my periods come regular after that nine years later I lost 100 pounds and had my second child my periods have been regular since let me tell you this it is hard too lose you jst have to make up your mind if yo are going to lose the weight or not I just ate everything but in small amounts and ate less carbs, I hope this helps you!!!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 04/09/2010




Hey Danielle, I'm not sure about the losing weight aspect, but I do know one mom that is a pretty large lady and had pcos. She has four children. I believe she used medication for two of them, but the others she used nothing. I have pcos and got pregnant without any medication. I didn't plan on getting pregnant so I don't remember if I menustrated and whatnot when I concieved, but I do know that women with pcos are very different. Some get pregnant easily and others do need some help through medication.

Did you use anything for your first? Regardless, good luck!!

Kellie - posted on 04/09/2010




I lost about 70 pounds and since then I have had 2 children a year apart. It was only a couple of months after losing all the weight before I became pregnant. My daughter is now 17 months and my son is 5 months. Losing weight worked for me, so maybe you'll be just as lucky as I was.

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