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    Default PCOS= ivf??

    Hi ladies. My dr says it's likely I have PCOS. A few people have told me that if I have it that I will have to have ivf??? Please can you advise? I don't know much about pocs and what happens etc. thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bub077 View Post
    Hi ladies. My dr says it's likely I have PCOS. A few people have told me that if I have it that I will have to have ivf??? Please can you advise? I don't know much about pocs and what happens etc. thank you.
    Hi @Bub077. First of all, try not to stress too much at this point (easier said than done) as many ladies with PCOS go on to conceive naturally. I had a probable diagnosis of PCOS and my gyn went through the process with me. First step was doing 2 months worth of tracking bloods to check my hormone levels/ egg reserves and the see if ov is happening. Second step is a couple of rounds of clomid. If that didn't work he said he would refer me to a fertility specialist for injectable meds which are slightly better as they don't affect cm as much. I'm sure it would only be after those steps that they would start looking at ivf unless you or your partner had other issues (sperm mobility etc)

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    I have PCOS - and have been diagnosed since I was 12.
    It doesn't automatically rule you out for natural conception at all, I have some friends that have had no more problems than people without PCOS (they tracked ovulation etc). I have friends who have used Clomid successfully also.

    Unfortunately for me neither of these worked and I did end up going down the IVF route. I'm currently pregnant with my first, and I'll be honest and say IVF was scary and really daunting for me even though I've known it was a possibility for a long time. Going through the process wasn't anything like I had built it up to be in my mind, and with my husband & family support I got through the ups and downs of my cycle and was very insanely lucky to fall pregnant first round. It does happen! Apparently the average is 3 rounds though so it's good to keep a realistic timeframe in mind. My husband and I didn't expect it to happen first time so it was a pleasant surprise, and being realistic would have taken the edge off the disappointment of it hadn't worked I think.
    Cost can seem like a big debilitating factor as well with IVF but there are more Medicare rebate based clinics popping up in major cities now which make it more accessible - we used The Fertility Clinic in Brisbane and were out of pocket approx (I really can't remember exact now!) $3000 after Medicare rebates.

    Anyway, I wish you the best with your conception journey - and if you ever want to chat about IVF & PCOS feel free to PM 😊👍

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    Pcos does not automatically mean IVF although it's a possibility. If you don't ovulate at all then it's likely you'll be out on clomid (which is a pill) to make you ovulate. I'd that doesn't work you can inject FSH which once again helps with ovulation.
    Don't stress, PCOS is very manageable when it comes to getting pregnant!

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    Hi, I too have PCOS & in the end needed IVF but I have 4 really close friends who also have it & all got pregnant after taking clomid to help ovulate It's so hard for anyone to know what you're going to need but please don't listen to people who say that IVF's the only option. I hope you're one of the lucky ones who clomid works for, good luck!

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    I have pcos but managed to conceive naturally when on a break from taking clomid. I ovulate in my own but later than normal (my cycles before having ds were an average of 40ish days). From what I understand there is a fair amount of variation in how pcos affects people so it's definitely not true that ivf is the only option. For me I think reducing my weight made a big difference but that's because I have mild insulin resistance so it was just healthier for me to watch my diet.
    What is your dr making the diagnosis based on?

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    Pcos here and I avoided ivf. I took soy isoflavones to get me to ovulate and my daughter is now 4 months.

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    Thank everyone for the replies. Feeling a bit overwhelmed but iPod posts have made me feel better
    @misstrouble she thinks this because of a previous internal ultrasound I have had that showed "Polycystic ovary tendencies" alongside blood test results and period irregularity etc.

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    Ok so update from the doctor. Yes I do have Polycystic ovaries. Usually ovaries have 3-4 follicles on them and mine had over 25 on each. Course of action is to try a drug called clomid which he thinks will help the egg push through all the follicles and make me ovulate. He was a great doctor and had every faith that clomid will work for me.

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    Great news @Bub077 - not the PCOS confirmation as much, more that it's good to hear they're starting you on Clomid. All the best!

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