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    Default PCOS, endometriosis and hypothyroidism

    Hi everyone

    I'm very new to this, hope I'm doing it all right!

    I'm hoping to reach out to others who are in a similar situation to me. My husband and I have been trying for a baby for 9 months unsuccessfully. 4 years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS. We started fertility investigations around 5 months TTC due to this diagnosis. My blood work came back with excellent results (ovulating fine, which I knew because I was charting/great progesterone levels) and my husbands test results were great too. In fact they told me I didn't have PCOS anymore, just polycystic ovaries (I'm guessing a healthy lifestyle helped to 'reverse' it). What they did find was some minor thyroid dysfunction and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on a low dose of thyroxine. So I guess I just swapped one thing for another! I had a AMH test done - great result of 35 - very reassuring. I'm now recovering from a laparoscopy - tubes clear, uterus normal however small amounts of endometriosis found and burnt off. So basically I've had 3 diagnosis that can impact fertility and all have been treated (PCOS now gone...which I find strange but I'll accept it). We are going to try for another 6 months naturally before starting and assisted reproduction.

    I guess what i would like is some encouragement and some recommendations for any other tests we should complete before starting (if we have to) assisted reproduction. I desperately want to conceive naturally but of course I'll do what I have to. I have regular acupuncture and I see a naturopath so any information I can give them through investigative tests might help them to help me. I've read a bit about the immune system affecting fertility...has anyone had any experience there?

    I just have a 'feeling' that our journey to fall pregnant is not over and it is not going to get any easier for us...but that could just be me being negative.

    Any advice/help/stories would be wonderful.

    Thanks xx

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    I haven't been diagnosed with any of these but I would still like to wish you all the very best for your journey TTC.

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    Hi Coop and welcome

    I was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder called Hashimoto's earlier this year which we only discovered because of a missed miscarriage I had earlier this year. Thanks to lots of testing the Hashimoto's was discovered and yes, as far as I am aware, auto immune diseases can impact fertility greatly. I was put on thyroxine also but I have also been seeing a naturopath for the last 6 months and thanks to her, my thryoid antibodies have almost halved in their reading which is amazing! They're still alarmingly high which is why my endo put me on Thyroxine but I can feel myself getting better after only 3 weeks!

    Have you had pre pregnancy bloods done? Test for things like vitamin D etc etc? I discovered my abnormally low vitamin D levels while I was pregnant which it has now been proven there is a link between vitamin D deficiencies and auto immune diseases. I was put on 15,000IU of vitamin D daily to help lift those levels.

    Other than that, I can't think of anything else for you to do I'm afraid. You sound like you're doing all the right things. Are you in Sydney? I can recommend you an AMAZING reproductive endo/FS who just so happens to be the medical director of IVF Australia. He is the one who put me on thyroxine when no one else would so I love him to bits.

    Hope this has helped. I wish you all the best on your TTC journey

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    Thank you for the well wishes and for your information, FirstTimeMummy2012. I appreciate you taking the time!

    I did have my vitamin D levels tested - they came back fine. I was unsure as to why there were testing them but now I know!

    I had a follow up appt with my specialist yesterday, she has given me a blood test form to test for sperm antibodies. Seems I feel like I can't even get pregnant in the first place, so I'd like to start investigating if my immune system is a factor.

    I actually live in Newcastle so not far from Sydney. I would love to have any recommendations - currently we are happy with our specialist but you never know what the future will bring.

    Thanks again and good luck with everything - I really hope all your dreams come true!

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    You're most welcome and I wish you a short TTC journey with a beautiful bub at the end of it!

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    I have PCOS and HThyroid and was ovulating, albeit irregularly.

    There have been times I have felt like you, like it was never going to happen. I waited 12 months of trying before going to a FS, I wish I hadn't waited so long, my DR knew I had PCOS, but my FS diagnosed the HThyroid.

    MY FS put me on Metformin, and Thyroxine at the first appointment. I am not insuline resistant though, but am still on the Metformin till 12 weeks.

    It can be done, just try and keep positive, i know it can be hard, I think in the end for us it was getting the timing right. Even though we thought we knew when I was Oíng I don't think we really did. Sometimes we were too busy others too tired, and others too ill.....

    Make sure you know when you are ovulating and get the BT's done to make sure. Keep at it....

    7 weeks today after 3 months on clomid, now on progesterone as I have low progesterone because of the PCOS, saw a HB yesterday, so so far all the tears and pain have been worth it.

    to you.

    ( I saw this a couple of days ago and wanted to respond but couldn't find you again. )

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    Firstly MINIRoo, congratulations! I hope you have a smooth, stress free pregnancy with a gorgeous, healthy bub at the end of it!

    Yes, I agree, waiting 12 months is just too long. I had a feeling that something wasn't right. My FS was hesitant to do the laparoscopy but I insisted and she found endo! It's really important to listen to your gut feeling (hard when you're sending yourself crazy) and to be assertive with Doctors when need be.

    Thank you for the pep talk, it really does help. I need to hear things like that. All of my friends (as sympathetic as they are) don't really understand what it's like to wait for so long. I feel more aligned with women who have had similar experiences to me...and you're now pregnant, which is awesome!

    Good luck with everything and look after yourself, remember you're carrying precious cargo!

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