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    Just thought I'd pop in and say hi. I've had ovary issues for a few years, I had an ultrasound when I was 20 and they found 27 follicles on my right ovary and 19 on the left.
    I went off the pill 7-8 months ago after being on in since I was 16 and my cycles have been really long so the doctor ordered another ultrasound and in 5 years (I'm 25 now) the follicles have gone up to 31 on the left and 50 on the right.
    If things were normal DP and I would probably be trying to conceive in 18 in 24 months but I'm worried that my ovaries won't be able to ovulate by then. He's too relaxed about it and he thinks that if I go on clomid everything will be ok.
    I'm going back to see my GP in 2 weeks so I'm going to ask for a referal to a gyno or a fertility specialist (who do you ladies think would be better to see? What I'd like to know is if my ovaries are still actually working and what I can do to get them in tip-top ovulating shape before we TTC).
    In the meantime I've been taking maca root powder and evening primrose oil. I don't exactly have PCOS because I don't have increased male hormones but my progesterone is totally non-existant so the doctor is calling it PCO for now. From memory the estrogen levels were either OK or high, I'd have to check with her.

    My mum has PCOS so there's definitely a family history. The doctor doesn't want me to go on progesterone tablets/pessaries because she says they're not the best thing to be on in the long term and they require careful monitoring, but I'm going to ask her or the gyno/fertility specialist (whoever I see) if I can use them for a few months to see if my ovaries actually can still ovulate.
    I've been using P Tracker on my iphone since I went off the pill, but this month I started tracking my temperature and CM. I have some ovulation tests but they're not really any good if I'm not ovulating (going by the length of my cycles I don't think I have since I've been off the pill ... I could have once maybe twice but I doubt it)
    In the meantime, does anybody have any advice as to what else I can do? I'm worried that by the time we TTC I'm going to be infertile
    Last edited by Berrie; 08-10-2011 at 11:56.

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    Welcome Berrie.

    Are you sure it's not PCOS? Just asking as you have the family history and that is a hell of a lot of follicles on your ovaries.

    Have you had your insulin levels checked? I'm on metformin XR as I am insulin resistant and the doc is hoping that it will stabilise my insulin levels and by doing that, the rest of my hormones will fall into place. My androgens are not extremely high but higher than your average female and i don't have excess or male pattern hair growth (Thank God!!)

    PCOS symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient and I've read if a parent has it then the child has 50% chance of inheriting it.

    I would ask the doctor about trying clomid now in order to see if it works for you. If you don't intend to get pregnant now then get him to wrap it during your fertile days but clomid does not work for everybody and you need to be on it for 6 ovulatory cycles in order to rule it out so if you try it now then you will be able to see if it's worth doing it later and you will save time when you're actually TTC.

    Just a thought anyway. See what your doctor says about that option. Is there a reason that you're not starting now? PCOS gets worse with age so it may be better to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.

    Anyway let us know how you go.

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    Thanks for your response lovely
    Dr says it's not PCOS because I don't have the male hormone levels, but she said that we'll treat it as such.
    When I go back and see her in 2 weeks I'm going to ask her to check my insulin levels because I am having trouble losing weight.
    The reason why we're not starting yet is because DP and I are both still at home. We were meant to build 12 months ago but his mum is elderly and very ill so he's staying at home for the time being. I think that when I get a referral to a fertility specialist I'm going to ask for an accurate idea on how 'bad' it is. I'm going to try and see if DP can get the afternoon off work and come with me.
    It's not that he doesn't care, he does and a lot too, I just don't think he realizes how bad it actually is. He seems to think that it can all be fixed with clomid and progesterone, but it's not that easy. I think that if he hears it from a professional he'll realize how serious it actually is.
    w/r/t the clomid I'm going to see a fertility specialist (if gp will refer me) and I want to try progesterone pessaries for a few months to see if that gets me ovulating because my progesterone is super low. Failing that, I'll ask them to throw some clomid in the mix.
    You're right, knowing what works will definitely help prevent delays when we do TTC, which will hopefully be in 12ish months - I can't wait any longer! haha
    In the mean time I'm hoping that the doctor will be able to help me with they weightloss and *fingers crossed* I'll start ovulating again if I lose weight.
    I'm 74kg and 5'6, so I'm on the border of being overweight. But I have a tiny frame so around 55-58kg is a healthier weight for me. I'm a vegetarian and I avoid gluten and dairy and eat pretty well so I wouldn't be surprised if something else was going on.
    Anyway, when I see the GP in 2 weeks I'll be getting the ball rolling to properly deal with this. God knows I want a baby now, having to TTC for ages would almost kill me! Lol
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    Hi Everyone,

    I read through all of your posts last night and thought it was time I introduced myself, I have a feeling we could have a long winding TTC road ahead of us and god knows I will need the support!

    DH and I decided we would start TTC sept 2011, so I stopped taking the pill in about Jan/feb 2011 because I wanted some time for my body to get itself to normal, as my cycles had never been regular before the pill- but that was 10 years ago! They were pretty normal for about 5 or 6 months, usually around 28-32 day cycles, but then for the last 3 or 4 months they have been 14 days
    Figuring this was a bit strange I saw my GP who sent me for blood work and an US- blood work returned normal but US confirmed PCO.
    Doc didn't seem worried, and suggested that we continue doing the BD and if we are not UTD by early next year then go back for some meds.

    When I had the ultrasound I was at cycle day 14, and it showed a dominant follicle in my right ovary, but AF arrived the next day. I am now at day 28 with no AF so hopefully this means I am actually capable of Oing!!

    It is so good to hear all the positive stories that are occurring in here- and also to see all the support given to the not so nice ones

    Sorry if I don't know all of the acronyms but I'm sure I'll get there eventually!!

    Xx

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    Welcome CottonCandy. The acronyms are as follows:

    2WW/tww - two week wait
    AF “Aunt Flo” aka menstruation/period
    AP attachment parenting
    ATM at the moment
    Baby Dust good luck
    BBs breasts
    BBT basal body temperature
    BC because, or birth control, or before children
    BCPS birth control pills
    BD baby dance (sex)
    BF breastfeed, or boyfriend
    BFN big fat negative (pregnancy test)
    BFP big fat positive (pregnancy test)
    BIL brother-in-law
    BM breast milk, or bowel movement
    BMS baby making sex
    BP birth plan, blood pressure
    BTW by the way
    Bump a nonsense reply to push the thread to the top of the topic list - bumping is considered to be spam on the forums
    BTDT been there, done that
    CB cycle buddy
    CD cycle day
    CF cervical fluid
    CIO cry it out
    Circ. circumcise
    CM cervical mucus
    CS cesarean section
    D&C dilation and curettage
    DC daycare, dear child
    DD dear daughter
    DE donor eggs
    DF dear fiancée
    DH dear husband
    DI donor insemination
    DP dear partner
    DPO days past ovulation
    DS dear son
    DSD dear stepdaughter
    DSS dear stepson
    DTD do the deed
    DW dear wife
    Dx diagnosis
    EB endometrial biopsy
    EBF extended breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding
    EBM expressed breast milk
    EDD estimated due date, or expected date of delivery
    ET embryo transfer
    EWCM egg white cervical mucus
    FET frozen embryo transfer
    FF formula feeding
    FIL father-in-law
    FMU first morning urine
    FRER first response, early response (a brand of pregnancy test)
    FT full time
    FTM first time mom
    FTR for the record
    FWIW for what it's worth
    FX fingers crossed
    FYI for your information
    GBH Great big hugs
    GBCH Great big cyber hugs
    HPT home pregnancy test
    HTH hope this helps
    IC incompetent cervix
    IDK I don't know
    IF infertility
    IMHO in my humble opinion
    IMO in my opinion
    IRL in real life
    ITA I totally agree
    IUI intrauterine insemination
    IUD intrauterine device
    IVF in vitro fertilization
    KWIM know what I mean?
    L&D labor and delivery
    LO little one
    LOL laughing out loud
    LMP last menstrual period OR last missed period
    LP luteal phase
    MC miscarriage
    MIL mother-in-law
    ML maternity leave
    MM mother's milk
    MS morning sickness
    MYOB mind your own business
    NMS not my style
    NMSAA not my style at all
    NP no problem, nurse practitioner
    NTNP not trying, not preventing
    O ovulation
    OB obstetrician
    OB/GYN obstetrician/gynecologist
    O'd ovulated
    OMG oh my gosh, or oh my god
    OP original poster/original post
    OPK ovulation predictor kit
    OT off topic
    OTC over the counter
    PA physician's assistant
    PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome
    PG pregnant, or pregnancy
    PM previous/prior marriage
    POAS pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)
    POS positive
    PP previous poster
    PPD postpartum depression
    PR previous/prior relationship
    RE reproductive endocrinologist
    ROFL rolling on floor laughing
    SAHD stay-at-home dad
    SAHM stay-at-home mom
    SAHP stay-at-home parent
    SD sperm donor
    SIL sister-in-law
    SO significant other
    SMEP sperm meets egg plan
    SMH shaking my head
    TCOYF Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler
    TIA thanks in advance
    TMI too much information
    TP top post, toliet paper
    TTC trying to conceive
    TWW two week wait
    TYIA thank you in advance
    US ultrasound
    UTI urinary tract infection
    VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean section
    WAH work at home
    WBC white blood cells
    WFH work from home
    WOH work out of the home
    WTO waiting to ovulate

    Hope this helps with the acronyms.

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    Hello girls
    I am day 64 and I may (or I am going crazy) be having pregnancy symptoms!!! I have a nice high cervix, have been having headaches, fatigue, cramps, peeing alot. So please keep your fingers crossed for me!

    Welcome to the newbies!
    I hope you find much love and support in this group like I have

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    Kimnus, any developments??

    Well here I was waiting for AF to arrive, and getting a few BFN in the process , but today I discovered some EWCM, so maybe we hadn't even O'd yet?? I hope so, this is day 31 which trumps the last few 14ish day cycles, and I wasn't even paying attention this month cos we were away! !!!

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    CottonCandy - not much apart from being really tired like exhausted, I was glutton for punishment on Sunday and POAS but it came back negative. I am going to do another HPT on on the weekend and see what happens. I have been booked in for an iron infusion for the 22nd Oct so if I don't get AF by next Wednesday I will go for a pregnancy blood test

    Hope everyone else is doing well

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    Hi guys
    Quick ? I'm ment to start clomid on cd5 my AF showed lightly yesterday and nothing today do I count it? It was due roughly 28days but my gyno had said it needs to be a strong cycle cos he said I need a proper clean out/new lining to be able to be produced etc...
    What's your thoughts?
    Thanks guys
    Fx for everyone!


 

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