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    Default New to TTC with PCOS

    Hi All,

    I'm new it the forum and it's all rather over whelming as to where to start and what to look at. I'm 29 and DH 35, we are now ready and wanting to add a little bundle of joy to our lives. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was in late teens but went on the pill and didn't think anymore of it. I've been off the pill since Jan and I haven't had regular periods since then and I'm noticing a few other symptoms which the pill was obviously masking. I've been to see a doctor and she has told me to try to lose weight (as I am overweight) in the hope it will start to help regulate my periods. I feel so confused about it all! Sometimes I think the more we google the more confusing it is. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you and hopefully start to learn more about the whole conception process and PCOS.


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    Welcome mrstassie, I too have pcos and have managed it through a long fertility journey. Good luck with TTC and I'm happy to chat or answer and qu's you might have x x x

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    Thanks Bel. I guess for me first place to start is trying to lose some weight and see if I can get my periods regular. Doctor told me as I'm still young ( which I'm not really) I have time to get healthy before I start getting too stressed about it all.

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    Hi @Mrstassie

    I too have PCO but not syndrome.

    I have been ttc since December last year. As you have mentioned my periods were also irregular, infact I went over 5 months without my first period.

    I was seeing my GP who referred me to a fertility specialist. And I think maybe you need to start seeing a FS also.
    They will be able to prescribe you meds to enhance ovulation.

    I am also available if you would like to ask any questions.

    Xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrstassie View Post
    Thanks Bel. I guess for me first place to start is trying to lose some weight and see if I can get my periods regular. Doctor told me as I'm still young ( which I'm not really) I have time to get healthy before I start getting too stressed about it all.
    Mrstassie, I didn't have any luck with weight loss till I moved from light-mod exercise to pretty vigorous exercise (Bootcamp 3-4/week) and finally the weight came off. The other tip is perhaps try vitex to help regulate your cycle (from chemist no prescription needed)

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    Hi Mrstassie, while weight loss is always a good idea when trying to minimize the symptoms of PCOS, I agree with DaniSam that getting a referral to a Fertility specialist would be a good idea.

    The thing is weight loss with PCOS can be very difficult and although that doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue it, if your GP insists you wait until you've lost weight before moving forward with TTC, that could be quite a while.

    In my case, I was similar to you in that I developed PCOS in my teens but then went on the pill for years. When DH and I were ready to TTC I came off the pill and had crazy irregular periods. Since I was already over 30 my GP sent me to a fertility specialist right away and with the help of Clomid and other medications we were able to conceive relatively quickly.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bel2466 View Post
    Mrstassie, I didn't have any luck with weight loss till I moved from light-mod exercise to pretty vigorous exercise (Bootcamp 3-4/week) and finally the weight came off. The other tip is perhaps try vitex to help regulate your cycle (from chemist no prescription needed)
    I haven't heard of vitex before, I'll have to look into it.

    I have a gym membership and I do PT once a week, I just find it so hard to stay motivated and exercise on my own. Like you said light to mod exercise isn't really enough.

    My doctor has also recommended to see a dietitian as my diet isn't amazing. I'm thinking I will give my full efforts into weight loss and getting my diet into shape for the next couple of months and then in the new year I will look into seeing a fertility specialist to start getting some more help and advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrstassie View Post
    I haven't heard of vitex before, I'll have to look into it.

    I have a gym membership and I do PT once a week, I just find it so hard to stay motivated and exercise on my own. Like you said light to mod exercise isn't really enough.

    My doctor has also recommended to see a dietitian as my diet isn't amazing. I'm thinking I will give my full efforts into weight loss and getting my diet into shape for the next couple of months and then in the new year I will look into seeing a fertility specialist to start getting some more help and advice.
    Vitex doesn't work for everyone. It did nothing for me unfortunately.

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    I've googled it, I guess it's like everything, it works for some but not others. Lots of reviews I've read said it can take a long time to show any effect. I have been taking Elevit for the last couple of months.

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    Hi Mrstassie!
    I'm also new here & like you quite overwhelmed with it all. I'm 30, DH 34. I started seeing a gyno 4 months ago after not getting a period since January & desperate to have our first LO.
    After a number of tests I've been diagnosed with PCO but not enough symptoms to diagnose the syndrome (no excess hair, normal hormone range etc.). Like you I'm also overweight. I've lost 15kg the last few months but still need to lose a fair bit more. Ive hit a bit of a wall with it now where I'm exercising daily & eating well but struggling to get it to come off. I've been told even as small as a 5% loss can trigger O in some people though.

    I googled everything so much when I first found out but there's so much conflicting info.

    I have just been put back on the pill for 3 months to see if it will help regulate my cycle. My doctor also referred to me as being still young & with time to see if I can do it naturally but doesn't feel that way to me so I definitely know how you feel there. The waiting to see if things work is the hardest bit. Just so unsure what decisions to make & what the best steps to take are.

    I'm considering trying acupuncture as I've heard some people swear by it to help regulate your cycle. I guess it's like anything in that it will work for some but not others but it's worth a try. It's also supposed to be great for anxiety disorders which I have & so far haven't found any luck with medication or therapy (this also adds to my anovulation).
    Hopefully we can both find some support in here with others who know what we're going through


 

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