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    Heyside - thanks so much for replying!

    Yes ive noticed for the first time in my life that my skin is actually pretty bad, i got put on yasmin for 4 months which is mean to help with PCOS symptoms and acne but ill tell you it made me break out like crazy! and i had to stop taking it 2 months ago as it made me bleed every single day! crazy..

    But i have heard of metformin and i really want to go on it as i have read so many positive things with woman who have conceived with PCOS and have reduced the risks of m/c becasue of metformin.

    How would i even go about asking my doctor if i dont have diabetes etc... i feel like it would help me so much more along with taking clomid which i should be on in feb (hopefully my doc will put me on it regardless if af comes by then or not so i can get things going!)

    how long have you been ttc?

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    Hi Georgie, I really think the metformin issue is a big one and it depends on your own doctors opinion as to weather he/she will use it or not. When I was first diagnosed with PCOS I wasn't given the met until my third round of clomid by my fertility specialist and when I went to see my GP for another matter and I asked him for a repeat prescription of the met he was really really confused as to why I would be using it as I am not diabetic either. When I started to ttc for no.2 though I had changed doctors and he straight away put me on met before I came of the pill and I have seen a 100% improvement in my symptoms compared to last time ttc which is a huge relief. I also asked for a blood test this time to see if I am insulin resistant which came back negative but my fertility specialist has said there has to be some sort of insulin resistance however significant as it plays a huge role in PCOS. There was a great article I remember reading about the benefits of met for both overweight and thin women with PCOS, will see if I can find it for you. I came of the pill back in March this year to start ttc for no.2 but I knew we would probably have to turn to injections again due to the issues we had last time so have only really had 2 months of trying with the injections so no time at all really when I think of it like that!

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    Hi Everyone. Came to join in. I was diagnosed with PCOS a couple of weeks ago. I went to see the doctor because I'd noticed a few changes in my body like in Sept '12 my periods started playing up, they became further and further spaced out and as a result I've only had around 6 in 18 months.

    My BP has also been playing up that whole time, bad acne and just a bunch of other changes. Anyway, I had the bloods done and the ultrasound and it came back as PCOS. I was quite thrown back by the U/S. I was expecting it, but when the scan showed my ovaries there were just cysts everywhere. Even the doctor commented to herself that there was a lot. I haven't been on the pill all year and we haven't had any luck with #2 for the last 3-4 months so far.

    When I was diagnosed with PCOS a lot of things made sense and I was pretty upset about it. We are now trying to decide if we should keep trying or just move on and be a family as we are now with DD. The doctor prescribed me metformin to take. And I need to lose a lot of weight. Does anyone have any recommendations for losing weight PCOS? I haven't been able to get my weight to shift. We have a referral as well to see the fertility clinic and it's a 4 month wait.

    Anyway, sorry for the novel, and hello all

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    Heyside- Thanks so much for the info on prices. Very glad to hear its inexpensive.

    Georgie- When I went to see my specialist for the first time I asked about Metformin and he said he was going to give me a prescription for it along with clomid as it helps to regulate the cycle and also assists with other symptoms. I don;t have diabetes, so it is purely for my PCOS. I can't see any reason why you shouldn't be prescribed it. I think Heyside is right though, it depends on your doctor. Maybe a specialist would be more open to prescribing it to you? My doctor wasn't comfortable prescribing me anything, so she referred me to the gyno who got me sorted on the first visit.

    LifeInShadesOfGrey- Hi there I know what you mean about things making sense after diagnosis. I too was pretty upset, however had a sense of relief as there was a reason why my body had been doing all these strange things over the years. I don't have any great tips for weightloss. I have heard some women lose weight on Metformin, or low GI low carb works. I guess what works for one body doesn't work for the next. I hope the fertility clinic can shed some light on it all for you and help you out with a good plan.

    ASM- I am getting my Metformin prescription filled this arv. Pretty excited to get started on it tonight. To begin with I take two a day and then move myself up to three. Should I take one in the morning and one at night? I have heard a lot of women get an upset tummy, did anyone experience this? I can't believe it is Christmas next week! My 2.5year old has now hit the very terrible 'terrible twos'. I am trying to get the courage up to go present shopping with him. At the moment this santa is very behind and unorganised.

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    LifeInShadesOfGrey - Welcome to the thread, hard to come to terms with the diagnosis hun isn't it but like you say it usually makes sense and explains things that we have been suffering for a while. I think the biggest piece of advice I can give you is that this is definitely not the end of the world and if you dream of having another bub then go for it!! Someone on here said the same thing to me when I was diagnosed and it did make sense, I was told that having the diagnosis of PCOS is a good thing as it can be dealt with. Some women have no idea the reasons for their infertility or they discover issues that can not be fixed. We do have to battle a lot of issues and it can be a very stressful time going through fertility treatment but its lucky that we have each other on these threads to support each other. I would say take the 4 months you are having to wait to see specialist to try and lose some weight using a low gi diet and using the met, I have lost some weight using the diet but haven't had major issues myself with weight. I have heard lots of women on here though who have been overweight that have found a low gi diet being enough to kick start their system and get it starting properly again. Good luck hun x

    kkmollie - I would start your met by taking one in the morning and one at night hun just to break things up a little. I have read about lots of women suffering from upset stomachs with the met but have to say I have been very lucky and I am taking 3 tablets a day with no side effects. Good luck with the Christmas shopping with your 2,5 year old, my dd is the same issues and we have had a few occasions recently when I have had to take her out of the shop for throwing a wobbly lol (lovely age where they assert their independence isn't it )

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    Still no sign of AF's arrival..

    I no longer have much cm and most symptoms have died down..
    Except for last night when my partner and i were doing the baby dance :P and half way through i suddenly got the most severe cramp it felt more like a windy colic pain in my lower uterus area rather than a sharp stabbing cramp then about 3 mins later it left and i have not had any cramping or pains since!

    So weird!

    I have my gyno appointment on the 3rd of feb which is when ill start clomid, so hopefully AF arrives in the next 2 weeks because i have to get bloods done on day 21 and day 28 to check my levels so if it doesnt arrive then im sure it will let my gyno see that im not ovulating reg etc..

    LifeInShadesOfGrey - Good luck on your journey! my advice to loose weight quickly (from personal experiences) i lost about 8-10 kilos in just over 2 weeks. and lost 27 in 2 months and i didnt do vigerous exercise.

    for the first 2 weeks, eat every 3 hours.

    for breakfast - 2 peices of rye toast with 2 boiled eggs with some light sprinkle of salt and pepper - then a glass of metamusil and some water and an peice of fruit.

    Snack - Strawberries, Apple, Orange or Grapefruit.

    Lunch - Small Tin of Tuna (buy the fat free seasoned i buy the jon west savoury tomato flavour) - Then a big glass of water

    Snack - Small tin Of Tuna and or 10 almonds

    Dinner - Chicken breast seasoned with some garlic, paprika, basil or tyme and parsley. - Steamed Veggies of your choice like green beans and broccoli and a corn on the cob (if youve just worked out as your body will still be burning off the sugar and carbs from the corn etc.)
    Season the Veggies with some parmy cheese and eat away!

    Or another ulteritive is a fish dish and salad with some extra light olive oil mixed with garlic and lemon

    Or Chicken and green beans and broccoli with 1 small sweet potato baked or mashed of your choice

    Exercise wise - day 1 - 10 min of stretching - 5 sit ups - 5 squats and lunges - 30 mins of walking
    Day 2 - Stretch - 6 Sit ups - 6 Squats and lunges - 30 mins of walking and 1 min of jogging or running

    Continue this every day (if you can) and keep your 30 min walk and add 1 to 2 mins every day of jogging or slow running. and i can guarantee you will be running 5-10 mins straight within the second week and your 30 min walk will turn into a 10 min walk and a 15 min jog and 10 min slow down period..

    After 2-3 weeks of this you can start eating different things in moderation but for the mean time only have pasta or heavy starched carbs once every 2 - 3 weeks. no soft drink and if you must by soda water and ad some lemon juice for flavor. Have one cheat day a week - say saturday indulge in some maccas or whatever you want then on the monday only have tuna 0r chicken and brocoli and green beans (no sweet corn or potato)

    and you should see some results and you will find what works best for you i guess.

    Let me know how you go

    P.s How are you going hayside and Kkmollie?

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    So omg!

    I got three BFP'S!!! I got home this arvo and thought why not I'll just take a test and straight away the double lines showed.
    I knew my symptoms were because I am pregnant.
    It's a miracle that I've only just been off the pill for 7 weeks!!

    Hopefully I can carry full term with no problems. I'll keep everyone updated though

    My partner said "merry Christmas" lol surely is a wonderful Christmas gift!

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    Georgie- Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS! That is great news, I am so happy for you. How far along are you? Does that mean you conceived without Metformin and Clomid? So amazing. Thanks for posting that meal/exercise plan, super helpful.

    Heyside- you have such great advice, where would i be without you! How are you going with ttc planning for 2014? Did I read a little way back you take injections?

    AFM- I am feeling great on Metformin. No stomach problems. A few twinge pains every now and then, but nothing unbearable. I seem to have a lot more energy, not sure if that is the Met or my mind playing tricks. Either way, im happy. I haven't craved carbs or sugar nearly as much as usually, so fingers crossed I can lose a few kilos. Will up my dose to 1500mg next week, then just waiting game until AF arrives and onto Clomid.

    Do you continue on Metformin during AF and at the same time as taking Clomid? Also, are these medications compatible with magnesium/calcium supplements? I probably should have asked the specialist.

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    Georgie - wow congratulations hun that is fabulous news to read, what a great Christmas present for you.[QUOTE=Georgie213;7593394]So omg! Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy hun x

    kkmollie - Glad I can help hun, I am currently just waiting around, I am expecting af around Christmas day (great timing!!) and then have to do the pill again for another month as fertility clinic will be closed at the start of the next cycle so have to wait another month Yes I am using FSH injections and will begin them again on CD2 of my cycle beginning around 17th January if my calculations are right. Great news that you are coping well with the met hun, some one actually said to me that we seem to expect the worst from it as we read so much about women with side effects but as I was told - the women with no side effects have nothing to write about lol! Are you on a low gi diet alongside the met? I should be but have come off it towards Christmas, have actually noticed more side effects from met due to diet but still nothing too bad to cope with. Yes continue the met continually and even ask to stay on it when you get a bfp as it can prevent miscarriage and encourage milk supply in women with PCOS. I am not sure about them being compatible with your supplements but shouldn't see why not as I think my pre-natal vitamins contain magnesium and calcium. Hope af arrives soon so you can get started on the clomid hun.

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    Heyside did santa bring you AF for christmas?! i have been having cramps on and off for the last few days, so mine should be here soon. first time in my life i have actually wanted it to arrive! really hoping the clomid can help me to ovulate. and yes, i am on low gi diet. I did slack off from christmas eve-boxing day, however felt totally terrible and spent alot of time in the bathroom. I am kind of glad though, because now i am super determined to eat healthier.

    I hope everyone had a great christmas. Heres to an awesome new year and lots of BFPs in 2014!

    Oh also, is it correct that after taking Clomid days 2-7 you will ovulate on day 14? This is what my specialist said, however just wanted to double check as we will need to organise dates with our donor.


 

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