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Anyone pregnant with PCOS?
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:58 PM
Ive been recently diagnosed with PCOS and wondering if anyone out there has successfully fallen pregnant , and how long it took you?
Ive had irregular and long cycles since I first started menstruating. Ive tracked them for the past 2 years and they have ranged from 16 days to over 100, no pattern whatsoever.
I don't have many of the symptoms of PCOS - an ultrasound showed multiple follicles and so with the irregular cycles, and some acne the Dr said its PCOS.
I'd like some hope that I can conceive naturally and sooner than trying for over a year or more!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:49 PM
There are a couple of ladies on here that have PCOS plus other 'issues' also and are pregnant.
Many women with PCOS fall pregnant, its a matter of tracking your cycles and finding a pattern.
I have PCOS and endometriosis and am currently TTC so I know your pain. It can be a long stressful process and if you stress yourself out before you have even started TTC it wont help matters.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:54 PM
I have PCOS and while I am not currently pregnant I do have a 3yr old daughter.
I fell pregnant after 2 years of trying. I was just about to give up and seek fertility treatments when it happened naturally.
Have you spoken to your doctor? Have you looked into Clomid?
I had no pattern with my cycles either.
Sorry not much help but it is possible
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:05 PM
Have PCOS. Took 9 months to try for DD. I had to change my diet a bit. Less fatty food, more fruit n vegs and water. Exercise as well. Think that ( for me that is) helped with concieving DD. Mentally it wasn't easy. Especially knowing my chances were lower than one without PCOS. But I was fortunate enough to get DD
Best of luck on your journey OP!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:11 PM
I have PCOS. I came off the pill and had a 120 day cycle, then had a 49 day cycle with a BFP to get my DS. I was seeing a naturopath, doing yoga and eating well too.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:12 PM
I have PCOS also. I have two children. My second child was conceived much quicker than my first
Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:52 PM
First off want to say that it can be quite stressful ttc when you have pcos and no regularity in your cycles.
I too have PCOS - came off the pill and had very irregular cycles (up to 110 days), tried to track cycles for a bit and gave it some time. Meanwhile I made sure I ate well and exercised. After 12 months without any luck we bit the bullet and made an appt to see a fs. The next available appt was 6 months away!! We managed to conceive twice however miscarried then fell pregnant with my little darling who is now 4 months old. We did not end up seeing the fs.
I think for me it was luck. Also the the three preg were in succession. First miscarriage at 8 weeks in October, second miscarriage at 6 weeks in December then conceived again in January. I have no science to substantiate this but feel that once my body actually got pregnant it sort if 'remembered' what to do and ovulated regularly after that.
Hope this helps and please seek medical advice if this is worrying you.
Good luck :-)
Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:49 AM
I came off the pill in May2012, and have had 42,47,52 day cycle I saw my doctor who reccommended I see a gynae specialising in PCOS, I am on my 7th cycle (although that has taken 10months due to longer than normal cycles!) I have a couple of OI (ovulation induction cycles with Femara) I have ovulated but no luck so far. You sound similar to me lean PCOS, meaning I dont have typical symptoms (weight, acne, excessive hair ect) my symptoms are just like yours irregular cycles & cysts on the ovaries (but only 1 ovary.....). I started temping & that has help track my cycles, but only now after a few months of temps can I start to see patterns, so give yourself time when temping
I started seeing a naturopath & having accupuncture in December 2012 & that has help improve my cycles to my first ever 30 day cycle last month! We didnt get our BFP, but I know it is not far away. It is great to read that others have had success TTC with PCOS, your stories give me hope every day.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
first took 15 months. Was about to start taking clomid when I fell pregnant naturally
Second, took 12 months. 6 months of clomid did not work, was about to start ivf then fell pregnant naturally.
3rd was unplanned. I had lost about 5kg and was down to a BMI of 22 before falling pregnant naturally, dont know if that helped in anyway at all.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:10 AM
DP was diagnosed in her 20s and advised to start TTC around 30 in case interventions were needed.
She left it until 32, and fell pregnant with DP9 on her second cycle and DP5 on her first, so interventions weren't needed
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:15 AM
I dont belong here but I have PCOS and several other fertility issues.
One of those issues apparently precluded me from getting or sustaining a pregnancy. Ever. Nor woudl IVF work (I am old - I'm sur ethings have changed since then ).
My 3rd child is my birth child, discovered at 16 weeks, totally natural and a wonderful surprise!!!
It certainly does happen!!
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:42 AM
Not currently pregnant but fell pregnant with my nearly 2 year old in just 5 months. I saw a fertility acupuncturist who also put me on a specific diet meaning no dairy, yeast or nuts (I think nuts were on the no go list, I can't quite remember now!) which they had had a lot of success with on women with PCOS. I had been told by my gyno and endo that there was very little chance of it happening naturally and was offered clomid the very first visit with my gyno after being diagnosed. I held off as she also told me the risk of multiples was higher and I'm not sure twins or more are for me lol! Found this great acupuncturist, altered my diet completely, lost a little bit more weight (this is a MAJOR factor in women with PCOS being able to get their bodies ovulating normally) and just a few short months later saw that BFP.
We are about to TTC our second and hoping that it will happen as quickly this time around too, though we aren't as confident as I am now 32 compared to 28/29 when we started trying for the first baby.
Not saying it is that 'easy' for everyone, but there is certainly hope.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:00 AM
My wife had 2 successful pregnancies after a PCOS diagnosis and linked insulin resistance.
Approx 6 years (no medical intervention) and 14 months (with medical intervention) from trying to success for number 1 and number 2 was 1 month.
With number 1 we started with clomid, which had no effect after multiple expected cycles. This was running concurrent with diet changes (i.e. eat like a diabetic). Tried metformin and had success at the first opportunity.
Between number 1 and 2 the diet changes where maintained (we'd gotten used to them) and number 2 happened within a month of trying.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:15 AM
I just gave birth two months ago to our DD, we hadnt been trying bur had been dtd without contraception for two years. Six months before I conceived, I did leave a stressful job and changed to a great job that had me walking 5-10 kilometers a day and changed to a low carb diet which I suspect may have something to do with it.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:09 PM
Yep - after 12 months of using no protection and getting nowhere we found out I had PCOS and saw a FS. Tried 3 months of Clomid to try and force ovulation - didn't work and made me feel terrible - hot flushes, sore boobs, like going through menopause or something. Next step was taking sperm from DH, getting it in the best possible condition for conception and putting it right where it needed to be, when it needed to be there. I decided before we got onto that I should get healthier. Did Dr Cohens diet and lost 38kg in 6 months. As soon as I got down to a size 14 my cycle became regular for the first time.... ever maybe... at least since I was a teenager!!! It was 33 days to the DAY every month. Made another appointment to get back into the FS and as it happenned she scanned my ovaries and said I would ovulate that week. We fell pregnant with DS by getting jiggy with it every 2 days for 10 days straight, lol.
While pregnant I gained 25kg back and then another 20kg since having him It's very hard to lose weight for me but I have also been eatting a lot of crap since he was born so it's also totally my fault So my periods came back 6 months after I had DS and were anywhere from 30 days to 51 days apart. Then in late August I noticed my feet and calves were extremely swollen every day. Someone at work said I must be pregnant - I snorted - did a test that night and BFP Ooops. We never thought we would just get pregnant and NOT while I was so overweight - bigger than we were trying to have DS1. My last 3 cycles were 43, 43 and 40 days apart. My last period was July 28th but based on my due date and when we did the deed I probably fell late August so a good 3-4 weeks from my previous period.
So it can happen! The main thing you will need to know is - are you ovulating for starters?
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:10 PM
Thank you all so much for your answers!
I really like hearing others experience with TTC, and knowing it can be done with PCOS really gives me some hope!
Of course being first month in, i'm being inpatient and just wanting it to happen. However now I'm starting to accept it will all take some time.
I think the most frustrating thing is when you don't know when AF is going to show. It's not like you can say, "ok after this date, I will know for sure whether Im pg or not!"
I think I might look into options to regulate my cycle (more naturally) and we can only keep trying for the next 6-12 months and see what happens.
Thanks again for the reassurance, I really do feel a bit better than when I first posted this (was quite upset at being diagnosed with PCOS, and worried about inability to fall pregnant. I want to start a family more than anything!).
Good luck to those who are trying now, my fingers are crossed for you
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:32 PM
I am currently pregnant with baby #1 and have PCOS.
I was ttc for 6 months when I got pregnant the first time, which sadly ended in a mmc at 11 weeks. This time I was ttc for another 6 months before seeing my dr and falling pregnant after my first round of clomid (50mg).
I know it's only early days for you op, but try not to let the PCOS get to you. My gp and previous obgyn both told me I would have no other option than IVF (I also have endometriosis) but the first pregnancy certainly stunned both us and them! PCOS seems to be much more common than I originally thought, it is definitely NOT an insurmountable barrier when ttc :-)
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:38 PM
It took us many years and IVF but I have PCOS and endometriosis and DH has male factor.
Metformin and Clomid are a good start (and hopefully end).
You could also look into alternative therapies like taking Vitex.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:03 AM
I have started vitex this week. I had taken it for 2 years just to see if it did regulate my cycle but sadly it didn't. It did help me have my AF more often though I believe so hopefully it helps.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:36 AM
Starting Metformin and following a PCOS or diabetic diet is a good place to start.
Some PCOS ladies fall naturally and easily other needs more invasive procedures but the main thing to remember is keep your chin up and stay positive
If you start any OI drugs, either Clomid or injectables, come and join us in the Clomid and OI thread
Edited by Bazinga, 02 March 2013 - 10:37 AM.
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