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Miscarriage and Polycystic Ovaries (not PCOS!)

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ThefirstWitch Wed 03-Oct-12 19:40:50

Hello. I am a lurker on these threads due to 2 MC's in the last 12 months.

Thankfully a consultant we paid to see privately, was happy to refer us to the NHS for tests which began a week or so ago and we are awaiting the results of blood & semen tests and I am awaiting AF's arrival so I can have some more bloods done on CD1,2 or 3.

When I went to the clinic for the tests, they did an internal scan and the nurse told me that although i don't have PCOS, i do have polycystic ovaries.

Looking online, this is quite common and can cause MC due to the hormonal imbalance. Does anyone have any knowledge / experience of this? Is it 'treatable'?

teaandchocolate Wed 03-Oct-12 22:57:43

Hello. Sorry to hear about your miscarriages. Hope you're doing ok. I've also had 2 this year so know how you feel.

I have pcos so obviously have cysts on my ovaries. As you say I think it's pretty common. As far as I know the biggest concern is that you don't ovulate (as I think the cysts are follicles that never matured to be released as eggs?). But you obviously are ovulating as you got pregnant. If you didn't ovulate they might treat you with something like clomid but without the other symptoms of pcos there probably isn't an issue with your ovaries to be honest. I'm not a doctor so discuss with your consultant but mine have only ever been concerned about the pcos and my irregular cycles.

I think recurrent miscarriers have higher rates of pcos (but you said you don't have the syndrome), according to prof Lesley Regan in her book but I don't think anyones discovered why.

Your consultant will let you know if you need to worry but I think the fact you can get pregnant means you can ignore this issue.

Best of luck with it all - I'm currently having investigations too and it's hard work trying to understand everything!

orangeone Fri 05-Oct-12 19:11:47

Hi - I have PCOS and have had recurrent MC.
I take metformin to stabilise my cycle and make me OV and Progestrone su

orangeone Fri 05-Oct-12 19:12:51

Hi - I have PCOS and have had recurrent MC.
I take metformin to stabilise my cycle and make me OV and Progestrone supplements once I'm pregnant. Taken a lot of pain and heartache to find this combination though. Good luck. Ox

orangeone Fri 05-Oct-12 19:13:51

Oops! Sorry don't know what happened there!

MumToTheBoy Fri 05-Oct-12 19:45:50

I have polycystic ovaries, not pcos. I was diagnosed aged 12 and have had cystic acne ever since. I'm almost 40 now! I went on the pill aged 14 to sort out my heavy and irregular periods and my skin. I came off it aged 30 as I was planning to ttc and my periods were regular for the first time.

I started ttc aged 31, got pregnant within 6 months but had a missed miscarriage at 14 weeks. I then didn't ovulate or have periods for the next 6 months, but somehow managed to get pregnant again. I had my ds, now 6yrs old. When he was 18 months old I managed to get pregnant again, after ttc for 6 months. I had a miscarriage at 8 weeks.

I then stopped ovulating. When my ds was 4 we were referred and I was told I needed ivf but as we already had ds we would have to pay. We couldn't afford it so that kind of ended there.

I know how incredibly lucky we are to have our ds and he really is a miracle baby, as I was told when I was 12 that I would never have children. But I still feel sad that we didn't managed to have the second child that we so wanted.

I was told that instead of eggs I was just producing the cysts each month. I obviously did manage to produce some eggs at some point but like I said after the second miscarriage I stopped ovulating. I was 34 then I think. I was never offered anything to help when I was ttc, but there may well be something that you can take that could help with the hormone imbalance. Your specialist should be able to answer all your questions. Keep on asking!

I guess I just wanted to post here to say although its hard to hear the diagnosis, it doesn't necessarily mean you won't have kids - Victoria beckham has polycystic ovaries, not pcos, and she has 4! I never thought I'd have children and I have a beautiful perfectly healthy 6 yr old who reminds me every day that he was worth all the heartache that went along with ttc him.

purple84 Mon 15-Oct-12 13:43:21

Hi I have PCO but not PCOS

I have had 4 mcs in the last 14 months and my consultant has said this can be the reason for that, I have my follow up appt tomorrow so can't say more than that as have more test results waiting and no treatment plan yet.

Good luck x

MurderOfProse Wed 17-Oct-12 12:03:34

Hmmm, am in a similar boat - when I had tests four years ago it confirmed cysts via ultrasound but the blood tests I had came back okay, although I never got around to the CD21 one as I got pregnant with DD2.

However my miscarriage history is not great. I have three DC, but I've had five losses, two of them late first trimester and the other three are chemicals. Just waiting on my period now and have seen really faint lines so this one is probably another chemical too.

I never thought to link the two..

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