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    Hi,

    I am new to this thread and would love some advice. Hubby and I have been trying naturally to get pregnant for two years. We did try Clomid but unfortunately I was Clomid resistant . Our main issue is that I have PCOS and unfortunately I don’t seem to ovulate, husband’s sperm count is fine.

    Our Gyno suggested IUI, we are hoping to start out first cycle this month. I would love some feedback on how people went with doing this with similar symptoms to mine ?

    Also would love to know how people cope not getting pregnant and keeping them self positive? I am struggling. Its especially hard when everyone around me seems to be getting pregnant. But I am trying to keep positive.

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    It is really hard, dealing with the emotions. Try to find a healthy coping mechanism - going for a walk, gym, treating yourself to something every day (for me, it's a good coffee).

    We were in the same situation 5 or so years ago. We did 2 rounds of iui but both were unsuccessful. Our fs was then wanting to put me on metformin or try ivf and I didn't want either options - I was sick of procedures and needles and wasn't emotionally ready for ivf (and to be honest, I was a bit scared), and the way my fs described metformin to me was that I would have to go on it because of my weight and I was very offended at her insinuations (the truth hurts!). I refused to take medication without properly trying to do it myself through diet and exercise. Of course I'd been told that before but I didn't want to hear it. I was 97kgs so definitely needed to lose weight! Our last round of iui was in April 2011 and I put all the fs stuff on the shelf for a few months while I concentrated on myself: physical I was working out and eating healthy, and emotionally I was telling myself that I might just have to get used to the fact that there's a chance I would never have kids. That was hard and I actually grieved in a way. But then in October I got my natural bfp ☺️ I've gone on to conceive naturally another 3 times.

    People will say stupid things to you like "just relax and it'll happen". I really hated that. No amount of relaxing was going to make my ovaries work properly! And then when I did get pregnant, they were like "I told you so!" Umm no, I worked my bum off for it!

    It's not an easy path and I'm so sorry you have to do it but wish you all the best! I hope you have your bfp really soon xx

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    Thanks for the reply, I definitely need to lose weight and maybe that's something I should put more focus on and try dieting and going to the gym.

    The worst thing I hear from people is "your still young" and yes the "just relax" its so frustrating.

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    Hi babypanda, I also have pcos and conceived dd through ovulation induction 5 years ago as I don't ovulate at all. We are ttc no.2 at the moment as the journey is proving so much harder and we have turned to ivf. I just wanted to ask if you have been put on metformin at all? I would say it should be your first step and not just from a loosing weight point of view, I have a good bmi but was told its the insulin resistance that can prevents ovulation at the metformin helps with that. It can be so hard at times hun so just wanted to say try to stay positive. I find these threads the best way of dealing with things, the only place I can come where people know exactly how I feel x

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    Hi Heyside

    When I tried Clomid around a year and half ago they put me on Metformin for three months, however I changed GP's and they didn't mention to go back on it.

    Do you think I should get in touch with my GP or Gyno to discuss it ? Not sure which one would be better.

    I am glad I found this forum cause hopefully chatting to people going thru the same thing will help me.

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    When I was ttc dd I wasn't put on it until my last successful cycle. However I think more research has been done since on its effectiveness. I saw my gp right at the beginning of the process this time and straight away he put me on the metformin. I think it depends on your gp's knowledge of pcos though and how proactive they are. I also had difficulty breast feeding with dd due to low supply and through research I have realised I should have been on met throughout pregnancy to improve supply. I would ask your gp and take things from there.

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    Hi there @babypanda, I had the same fertility problem - anovulatory PCOS with no other issues affecting fertility. I'm a 'lean' pcos so weight loss wasn't an option for me. I went through a fertility clinic and I had ovulation induction 2 cycles with clomid and didn't respond so went on metformin which made me really ill in the tummy so stopped after a month. I then moved to ovulation induction with FSH Injections and successfully ovulated on 2 cycles but BFN. We then had another FSH cycle with IUI thrown in and again BFN. our fertility specialist then said it would be best if we went to ivf so we did. We had one collection cycle and got 11 eggs and a dose of OHSS so froze our 5 embryos. We then had an ovulation induction cycle for a frozen embryo transfer and hey presto bfp which turned into our beautiful baby girl born 5 days ago we were happy trying the lower level interventions before having ivf given our fertility problem, we feel we gave it a realistic good shot before moving to the more intensive intervention.
    All up this process took 2 years from the first appointment to the bfp. We did have a break during these treatments of about 6 months. It was a long, emotionally and physically tiring process. The hardest part was watching lots of people around me getting pregnant and having babies and feeling upset and sorry for myself. I just always had a back up plan to focus on so that if things didn't work out I knew what the next step was. After the 4 OI cycles the plan was let's take 6 months off of treatment and have a big overseas holiday to focus on. Then it was planning the number of embryo transfers we would do and our back up plan for our future if they didn't work. The waiting and unknowns are the worst so for me contingency plans helped a lot.

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    I think thats what we are thinking trying IUI before IVF. I am just worried as someone told me it doesn't work well for people who dont ovulate and its more used for low sperm count which isn't our issue. Not really happy with our gyno, he lacks giving much information. We are hoping to start this month.

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    Babypanda - If your dh's sperm count ok have you thought of ovulation induction (just the injections with timed intercourse) instead of iui. Unfortunately this type of cycle comes with no rebate but it worked for us when we were trying for dd, unfortunately not second time around but think my pcos has become harder to deal with.

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    No we didn't think of that, we are feeling really let down by our gyno, he doesnt give us much information or follow up with any test results. We want to change but its a little late as we are starting IUI this month


 

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