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ElizabethCatherine Wed 24-May-17 15:24:28

Welcome to our 5th thread smile

A lovely bunch of ladies all here to help each other along the way with any questions or concerns we all have when TTC with PCOS

ElizabethCatherine Wed 24-May-17 15:43:02

The previous threads to this one are:

1) www.mumsnet.com/Talk/conception/2481523-when-to-expect-period-provera

2) www.mumsnet.com/Talk/conception/2685865-pcos-periods-or-lack-of-and-a-lovely-bunch-of-ladies

3) www.mumsnet.com/Talk/conception/2791363-PCOS-Periods-Provera-Pals-Plus-All-The-Bits-In-between

4) www.mumsnet.com/Talk/conception/2885464-PCOS-support-thread?

holzyb20 Wed 24-May-17 15:51:31

Hi I followed you here from the last thread smile been ttc for about 3 1/2 years .... most of that we was casually trying but since being diagnosed with pcos we've taken it more seriously and found that I do not ovulate! This is my first round of 50mg clovis had positive opk on cycle day 20!! Pretty sure I ov'd cycle day 22..... I'm currently 12dpo and sure I had 2 faint positive's planning to test again tomorrow with fmu x

holzyb20 Wed 24-May-17 15:52:22

Sorry *clomid (hate spell check sometimes) hmm

YouBoggleMyMind Wed 24-May-17 15:52:54

Here placemarking for lots of BFPs!

ElizabethCatherine Wed 24-May-17 16:03:44

@holzyb20 Fingers are crossed for you!! Let's start this thread with some baby dust starstarstar

SLady Wed 24-May-17 16:05:04

Let's hope it's a lucky thread for all, ladies star xxx

SLady Wed 24-May-17 16:06:04

Baby dust sprinkling over here too grin star

holzyb20 Wed 24-May-17 16:07:36

Trying not to get to excited I'm almost certain it's definitely a bfp line was stronger today then yesterday also getting a few symptoms I normally make up in my head every month but they are actually here this time! 😂 x

sThinking Wed 24-May-17 17:07:44

Thanks ElizabethCatherine and good luck to everyone in the group.

HollyWollyDooDah Wed 24-May-17 20:35:20

No it's not an induce af or anything, just a normal one.
Not started any mess yet as waiting for referral xx

FloofyFloo Wed 24-May-17 21:09:21

Hello - I've been lurking for a couple of days... Just wondering what happens when you're given clomid?
I've been TTC for 15months, have been being seen by doc since around 9 months as I have very irregular cycles (40 days to 9 months long). Tested for a whole variety of things but conclusion seems to be polycystic ovaries. All was go for clomid, then found out OH sperm count low so currently waiting the 100 days for them to up their little game.. ANYWAY, my consultant is not overly open with the info - so I was wondering if anyone could outline what happens on clomid?
Fanks smilesmilesmile

Iamchanging Wed 24-May-17 21:19:03

Hi floofy. I think it depends on if you are monitored or not. For me it was Clomid from day 2-6. You will probably start on 50mgs. My side effects were hot flushes and headaches but nothing too bad. I then had a scan on CD12 where you are looking for one (or two) dominant follicles. After that a blood test to check you actually ovulated. It's all quite easy to be honest, fingers crossed it works for you!

FloofyFloo Wed 24-May-17 22:23:32

Ah ok. I know the consultant initially said I just just take it whenever because my periods are so wildly unpredictable/rare... So I'm guessing they'll scan before they give it to me to check my lining isn't about to shed?
And then what is the monitoring? Is it just another scan? What are they looking for? Did you have to take time off work for monitoring?
Thanks smile

Iamchanging Wed 24-May-17 22:26:23

You are 100% supposed to take it with a period. If you don't have periods naturally like me and any of the ladies on here they will give you a drug like provera to induce your period first. Don't let them just give it to you whenever, that's what I got told 5 years ago and it didn't work. This time I did it with my period and I'm 5 weeks pregnant. The scan is just an internal scan.

Iamchanging Wed 24-May-17 22:27:50

Sorry missed the last question. Yes I had to take time off but just said I had a doc appointment. It's only quick

FloofyFloo Wed 24-May-17 22:39:44

Good to know changing!smile I did think it sounded a bit off, but my consultant is just suuuper confident about things...
So provera should cause a period and then clomid and then rivers crossed a bfp!?
God I hope OH's sperm is back to normal and it's that simple!
Re time off​, luckily my boss knows all about it - I teach so it's a faff getting cover and I decided I'd rather just tell her why it's needed as the assumption is doc apts should be out of hours where possible and that's not possible in this case!
Sorry for my million questions! It's so frustrating having to wait to see the consultant each time, and then I'm so she'll shocked by the process I never remember to ask any of the questions I have!

FloofyFloo Wed 24-May-17 22:40:31

Also big congrats on the bfp - fingers crossed it's sticky!!!!

Iamchanging Wed 24-May-17 22:58:34

Thanks floppy. Yep I took provera for 10 days and then my period came 3 days after that. In the end I was on 150mgs of clomid as the lower doses didn't work for me, but the final one (round three) was perfect. We were very lucky that we caught the egg the first time I've ever ovulated!

sThinking Thu 25-May-17 09:35:38

Hi guys. I have a doctors appointment this evening and have decided that if I'm not happy with the advice/ waiting times I will go to see a private specialist. Can anyone tell me what tests I should ask the GP for that might help when I go to the specialist? I had a blood tests a few months ago shortly after coming off the pill... And the results were 'normal' but was told that it might be too soon to be useful. I will ask for a repeat of that but is there anything else I should be conscious of??

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 25-May-17 09:53:35

sthinking,

Do your researches thoroughly before parting with cash for private treatment; some of it is actually poor as well as expensive. Do not be taken in purely by nice surroundings; ask them lots of questions.

Educate yourself thoroughly re PCOS and ensure you fully understand the purpose of these tests. Both of you should be tested in tandem, it is little to no point in solely testing you initially without he being tested too.

You need day 3 and day 21 tests done. The day 3 should compare your LH level against that of FSH; an imbalance of LH to FSH is a possible indicator of polycystic ovaries. The day 21 is to measure progesterone; a level of 30 or more should be seen.

The pill leaves your system very quickly after taking the last tablet. Blood tests done on the "wrong day" give a meaningless result. Any test result done over six months ago should be discounted, you need up to date test results in any case. You need a diagnosis first and foremost.

sThinking Thu 25-May-17 10:25:28

Thanks AttilaTheMeerkat. Sorry I should have been more clear (rushing to type this at work). I have a PCOS diagnosis already.

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 25-May-17 10:45:59

Verity is a useful website to read as well.

www.verity-pcos.org.uk/

AppalazianWalzing Thu 25-May-17 12:37:20

Hi there. Have lurked a bit on previous threads but never posted before - I've just miscarried my first pregnancy (had ERPC yesterday) and am trying to mentally prepare myself for getting back on the ttc bandwagon.

I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014, was basically told at that point to come back when TTC. I think I'm a fairly mild case - have excess hair on face/chin, if I put on weight it goes on my belly but I'm a size 10/12 and have traditionally had regular, if long, periods typically ranging between 30 and 36 days.

What I'm trying to figure out and would love advise on is whether it's possible to have anovulatory periods when temping suggests you're ovulating.

I started charting in December, and started taking prenatal vitamins at the same time. Since then my cycles have been shorter than I've ever known them - 25 to 29 days. I had a number of scans before miscarriage was confirmed: I had bleeding but the heartbeat was still there for a number of days. A midwife said to me during that period that she could see a number of follicles -I said I had PCOS- and also that I had a cyst on one of my ovaries, which she said was nothing to worry about. I also mentioned to the doctors when the miscarriage was confirmed I'd heard PCOS can cause a higher rate of miscarriage but they said they didn't think it was a factor.

Thinking back on it I've realised what I don't know about all the visible follicles is how long they're likely to stay there. Im wondering if there is any point in me temping if it suggests I'm ovulating but at least some of the time I must be having anovulatory cycles? Or could the follicles pre-date that, and my shorter cycles are a sign that the multivitamins and exercise kick-started me into more regular ovulation? We were only trying for 5 cycles so I know we were lucky but the cycle we conceived on was the first in months I'd noticed egg white cervical mucus. I feel like I understand the next steps to take if my PCOS was more severe, but I'm not sure how to interpret things as they stand now.

SLady Thu 25-May-17 16:31:28

Hi appalazian so very sorry to hear about your miscarriage. If you are having regular cycles then I would say there is a good chance you are ovulating, especially as you conceived within 5 months. When you feel ready I would keep doing as you are. Just because you have PCOS doesn't mean you won't conceive naturally or aren't ovulating at regular intervals, everyone is different. Good luck and look after yourself x

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