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PCOS and trying to conceive

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MrsRigby Mon 10-Aug-09 12:07:06

Hello, does anyone else have PCOS and is trying to conceive?

floatyjosmum Mon 10-Aug-09 14:08:07

hi, i have pcos and diagnosed in 1997. ive got a dd and ds and thinking about havign another one.

didnt have major problems conceiving but did take a while but my pcos is def worse now then it what it was then.

MrsRigby Mon 10-Aug-09 14:28:21

Thanks for replying.

I was diagnosed in 2007 after trying for about 1 and 1/2 years. The gynaecologist prescribed metformin 850mg bd and 3 months later I was pregnant. Ds was born in November last year.

He's now 9 months and we're trying to conceive a brother or sister for him, but after being on metformin for a while now I'm wondering if I've become resistant to it or if getting pregnant for a second time will be a lot easier.

If you don't mind me asking, how has it got worse?

I'm lucky that my husband laughs when I shave my face and the next day it's full of hair again blush

floatyjosmum Mon 10-Aug-09 19:45:45

when it was diagnosed i was 15 and my periods had stopped, every1 thought i was pregnant (was not possible) so sent me for tests and thats when it was diagnosed.

other than irregular periods i would say ive had none of the other bits. took the pill to regulate periods which is when i fell pregnant with dd who is 4 and ds is 8.

had miscarriage before ds, 2 inbetween and 1 since ds.
since read that this can be due to pcos but never understood why.

my weight was never an issue - im 5 10 and used to be an 8/10!

hair thing wasnt too bad at all - practicably un noticeable

but now ..
had 2 periods this year so far, my weight is now an issue, hair thing is def worse.
taking 1500g of metformin and have been doing for about 2 months now and doing the gi diet.
never had great skin but def not getting worse at the mo which is a good thing!

saraross Tue 25-Aug-09 10:26:53

My name is Sara.
I was diagnosed with pcos at the age of 22, I have been trying to concieve for a year now with my husband.I also have underactive thyroid which i take levonthyroxine for.
I am now 24 and am of normal weight, i definately have noticed more hair growth since being off the pill and an increase in acne.
I have been on metformin for a month now and am due to start clomid on the 2nd day of my period.
Have you taken clomid yet? any success stories out there???

emeraldgirl1 Tue 25-Aug-09 12:58:31

Hi everyone, I'm just waiting for test results to see if I have PCOS - which I'm pretty sure I do (a little unwanted hair, more than other people notice because I tweeze a lot!! but mainly irregular periods) If the test says I do have it then DH and I will have to seriously talk about moving up the idea of TTC... I'm almost 33 now and even though I don't want kids yet, I'm concerned that if I do have PCOS it could take me much longer and that the clock is ticking for me... I also have friends who have miscarried a lot and who have blamed PCOS but I don't know why this happens... anyone?

AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 25-Aug-09 14:05:50

Miscarriage in women with PCOS is thought to be associated with raised levels of LH. There is evidence to suggest that consistently high LH levels can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage.

Infact I was told by the gynae that I ran a higher than average risk of miscarriage due to my LH levels (which were about 3 tp 4 times higher than my FSH). I have PCOS as well.

Mrs Rigby - I would be asking your GP to refer you back to see the gynae who originally treated you. Fertility as well generally speaking does decline with age.

2ndDestiny Tue 25-Aug-09 14:44:13

Just wanted to say hi to all on this thread. I am also TTC with PCOS.

I got my diagnosis in April this year. Conceived 1st month of trying but it ended in MMC and after that AF went awol and I stopped ov'ing. Am now on Metformin, AF is back (sort of) and I've got my eye out for ov...

Am lucky enough not to have the hair or weight problem but have had outbreaks of acne on and off.

MrsRigby I've not heard of anyone becoming resistant to metformin, does it still help you ovulate? If so I would think your chances are as good as before. Interesting, Floaty, that yours has got worse - I think mine has got worse as well, since I have had my first major outbreak of symptoms at age 30 (and when I had not gained any weight). On the positive side though I have read that PCOS can get better with age for a lot of women, or it can get better after a pregnancy - it really can go either way as everyone is so different, but that sounds like a reason to be hopeful to me.

I have also heard that raised LH increases your risk of MC - but my Gynae recently told me that the latest evidence suggests that it is not the raised LH as such, but rather that the raised LH is a marker for other problems, especially insulin issues which have a high correlation with MC but which can be treated effectively with low GI diet and Metformin (there is some evidence that Metformin can reduce the risk of MC in PCOS women). She mentioned the trial cited in Lesley Regan's book, in which they used drugs to suppress the LH levels - but this treatment did not have any effect on the women's chances of miscarrying.

I decided to take from that that there IS hope for me if I manage my PCOS well and am careful with my diet.

Sara I haven't tried clomid yet but that's the next step for me too if the Metformin alone doesn't get me ov'ing. Taking clomid and Metformin together improves your chances.

EmeraldGirl we have bumped into each other on another thread - hope you are doing ok waiting for your test results.

It's always good to talk to others in the same situation - and especially to take inspiration from those of you who already have healthy DC's!

Best of luck everyone


saraross Tue 01-Sep-09 10:54:28

Its ashame this thread isnt very active as i am sure if you all feel like i do its nice to speak to people in the same boat!!!i wish you all the very best of luck with trying to conciee ladies i know how hard it is and i am still waiting! xxxxxxxxxxx

tyra1 Sun 18-Oct-09 00:58:30

Hi ladies!
i was diagnosed with PCOS when i was 16.
started ttc at the age of 22 and finally got pregnant in january 2009 after being on clomid for about 11 months - longer than ur supposed to be allowed but hey it worked!
due date was 11th october but still waiting for the lil one to arrive!

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