Just been diagnosed with pcos
Alicejj8x · 06/12/2017 14:22
Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me and give me any advice/ info on poly cycstic ovaries
Basically just to fill you all in..
December 2015 stopped the pill
Jan 2016 became pregnant ( didn't no I was pregnant Untill March ) pregnancy sadly ended in a Missed miscarriage at 6 1/2 weeks
Since then my periods a have been so irregular once every 3 months
Have had lots of scans and bloods
Today I had a internal scan done as the doctor reckoned I might have PCOS
Confirmed that my right ovary has follicles on and my left has some follicles on it..
she has started me off on Merformin
500mg a day for 2 weeks then
500mg twice a day for 2 weeks then
500mg three times a day
This will be for 3 months.. in feb I will go back if no luck of regular cycles/ pregnancy and they will then start me on clomifene aswell as the metformin
I was wondering if anyone had any luck getting pregnant on METFORMIN or if anyone has been in my situation with this ..
I have heard that poly cycstic ovaries and PCOS is 2 diff things?..
I asked if it's bad and the doctor told me it's not bad it just means getting pregnant might be harder.
Has anyone had any positive stories from poly cycstic ovaries or these tablets?..
I am so so scared I won't be able to have a baby :( any advice or friendly words will be a big help. Thank you :)
Alicejj8x · 06/12/2017 14:25
Also just to add
I am not over weight
I don't have any facial hair
I don't have any typical Symptoms of PcOs other than the irregular periods and difficultly becoming pregnant
lost55 · 06/12/2017 14:44
I have PCOS.i haven't taken metformin for to assist fertility, but do unfortunately have fertility issues as a result of PCOS - irregular periods (nothing for over 2 years), not ovulating etc.
It is rubbish and the various symptoms (not everyone gets them) are very very annoying - hair issue, weight management etc. If you are not within an ideal weight range try to fix that as it does make a huge difference (I'm currently working on this myself) to some symptoms.
One positive is that due to PCOS you will probably have a better egg reserve than other women your age. When I had tests last year (37 years old), results said I had the reserves of a 20 year old!
I've just bought / started reading a book called "8 steps to reverse your pcos" by a Fiona McCulloch. I'm not sure if it will be any good but might be worth a read especially if you have just been diagnosed as it does actually explain quite a lot.
Alicejj8x · 06/12/2017 15:37
Thank you for your reply..
I don't suffer with weight issues my weight is all normal they have told me and also don't have any excess hair or acne issues so it's just the irregular period part for me and then the follicules on my ovaries
It's just hard as I guess you don't know what going to to happen and how long it'll take etc... I hope this is the start of me getting to have a baby soon but I guess we're see
Oh really I never knew that about the ovarian reserve so I guess that's good
Also will they know when they did my scan today about my ovarian reserve?
RubyBoots7 · 06/12/2017 18:43
I have PCOS. My symptoms are the cysts (obvs) and weight, skin, body hair issues. I have always had very, very regular periods.
Our infertility is unexplained and, through multiple rounds of IVF and various scans and tests, not considered related to my PCOS.
I've taken Metformin for many years. It definitely helps with my PCOS symptoms (contentious research wise but anecdotally it makes a huge difference to me). It didn't make us conceive.
Maybe try to get your head around how Metformin might help - all to do with insulin insensitivity and how lots of excess sugar in your blood stimulates excess hormones that then cause more cysts. Many people with PCOS control this through low GI diets etc and generally watching what you eat. If I combine healthy eating with Metformin, that's when my symptoms are best.
I guess it all depends what the reasons for someone's infertility are. Polycystic ovaries and PCOS are pretty common and lots of people with PCOS still conceive naturally. Having cysts on your ovaries does not necessarily stop them from producing eggs and cysts come and go, they're not a static thing. Sounds like your erratic periods might be the thing causing problems. If you track when you ovulate (and if you are ovulating) then you might have a clearer idea. I think this might be the sort of situation where things like clomid are considered, but I was never offered this because of regular periods and so I don't know a lot about it.
Try not to panic as you're at the start of the journey and it might take a few different turns to try to figure out what's going on. Sometimes you never know, you just make the best guesses based on the evidence available. As much as it's understandable, you'll burn yourself out if you get too anxious about this from the beginning :)
lost55 · 06/12/2017 18:53
Hi Alice, I believe the test re ovarian reserve is undertaken via a blood test. Might be worth asking about. They did the test due to my age when weighing up whether to try ovulation induction (Clomid and pregnyl injections), or go straight to IVF. As the results were positive we tried the Clomid route. After over 2 years of no periods we were successful on the 2nd round, but unfortunately I went into early labour at 20 weeks and things didn't work out. We will hopefully try again in the new year. Good luck.
1stX · 06/12/2017 19:14
Hi I was lucky with metformin and got pregnant quickly when I started taking it. I know it’s scary when you first get told you have PCOS especially after trying for so long but it can work and I really hope it works for you x
Alicejj8x · 07/12/2017 14:42
Thank you it's hard isn't it as there's lots of diff stories with the tablets as to if they will work or not or help with periods etc.. I guess everyone is different so I guess I'll wait and see :)
Alicejj8x · 07/12/2017 14:42
I'm so sorry about your loss :( I really hope your okay
Oh okay are they the blood tests that are the 21 day ones? Xxx
Alicejj8x · 07/12/2017 14:45
Thank you so much!
Ahh okay I see .. I'm
Not overweight or suffer with acne or excess hair I jist have the irregular periods every 3 months I only get them :/..
Oh okay so the cysts come and go .. maybe that's why they weren't picked up in previous scans ?..
Thank you I shall defo read up
NC1990 · 08/12/2017 05:50
I have PCO (diagnosed after ttc with extremely irregular cycles) and got pregnant very quickly when prescribed clomid. PCOS can make things more difficult but it is not a fertility death sentence, there are lots of things you can try. Best of luck on the metformin.
MrsWhirly · 08/12/2017 06:02
I have it with weight gain, and excessive hair. I took a real interest in my nutrition years before having children and this has always made a difference to my symptoms. Never had Metformin though. Have two children, got pregnant very easily with both.
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