Just thought I'd pop in and say hi. I've had ovary issues for a few years, I had an ultrasound when I was 20 and they found 27 follicles on my right ovary and 19 on the left.
I went off the pill 7-8 months ago after being on in since I was 16 and my cycles have been really long so the doctor ordered another ultrasound and in 5 years (I'm 25 now) the follicles have gone up to 31 on the left and 50 on the right.
If things were normal DP and I would probably be trying to conceive in 18 in 24 months but I'm worried that my ovaries won't be able to ovulate by then. He's too relaxed about it and he thinks that if I go on clomid everything will be ok.
I'm going back to see my GP in 2 weeks so I'm going to ask for a referal to a gyno or a fertility specialist (who do you ladies think would be better to see? What I'd like to know is if my ovaries are still actually working and what I can do to get them in tip-top ovulating shape before we TTC).
In the meantime I've been taking maca root powder and evening primrose oil. I don't exactly have PCOS because I don't have increased male hormones but my progesterone is totally non-existant so the doctor is calling it PCO for now. From memory the estrogen levels were either OK or high, I'd have to check with her.
My mum has PCOS so there's definitely a family history. The doctor doesn't want me to go on progesterone tablets/pessaries because she says they're not the best thing to be on in the long term and they require careful monitoring, but I'm going to ask her or the gyno/fertility specialist (whoever I see) if I can use them for a few months to see if my ovaries actually can still ovulate.
I've been using P Tracker on my iphone since I went off the pill, but this month I started tracking my temperature and CM. I have some ovulation tests but they're not really any good if I'm not ovulating (going by the length of my cycles I don't think I have since I've been off the pill ... I could have once maybe twice but I doubt it)
In the meantime, does anybody have any advice as to what else I can do? I'm worried that by the time we TTC I'm going to be infertile
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08-10-2011 11:49 #211
Last edited by Berrie; 08-10-2011 at 11:56.
09-10-2011 10:12 #212Senior Member
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Are you sure it's not PCOS? Just asking as you have the family history and that is a hell of a lot of follicles on your ovaries.
Have you had your insulin levels checked? I'm on metformin XR as I am insulin resistant and the doc is hoping that it will stabilise my insulin levels and by doing that, the rest of my hormones will fall into place. My androgens are not extremely high but higher than your average female and i don't have excess or male pattern hair growth (Thank God!!)
PCOS symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient and I've read if a parent has it then the child has 50% chance of inheriting it.
I would ask the doctor about trying clomid now in order to see if it works for you. If you don't intend to get pregnant now then get him to wrap it during your fertile days but clomid does not work for everybody and you need to be on it for 6 ovulatory cycles in order to rule it out so if you try it now then you will be able to see if it's worth doing it later and you will save time when you're actually TTC.
Just a thought anyway. See what your doctor says about that option. Is there a reason that you're not starting now? PCOS gets worse with age so it may be better to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.
Anyway let us know how you go.
09-10-2011 10:24 #213
Thanks for your response lovely
Dr says it's not PCOS because I don't have the male hormone levels, but she said that we'll treat it as such.
When I go back and see her in 2 weeks I'm going to ask her to check my insulin levels because I am having trouble losing weight.
The reason why we're not starting yet is because DP and I are both still at home. We were meant to build 12 months ago but his mum is elderly and very ill so he's staying at home for the time being. I think that when I get a referral to a fertility specialist I'm going to ask for an accurate idea on how 'bad' it is. I'm going to try and see if DP can get the afternoon off work and come with me.
It's not that he doesn't care, he does and a lot too, I just don't think he realizes how bad it actually is. He seems to think that it can all be fixed with clomid and progesterone, but it's not that easy. I think that if he hears it from a professional he'll realize how serious it actually is.
w/r/t the clomid I'm going to see a fertility specialist (if gp will refer me) and I want to try progesterone pessaries for a few months to see if that gets me ovulating because my progesterone is super low. Failing that, I'll ask them to throw some clomid in the mix.
You're right, knowing what works will definitely help prevent delays when we do TTC, which will hopefully be in 12ish months - I can't wait any longer! haha
In the mean time I'm hoping that the doctor will be able to help me with they weightloss and *fingers crossed* I'll start ovulating again if I lose weight.
I'm 74kg and 5'6, so I'm on the border of being overweight. But I have a tiny frame so around 55-58kg is a healthier weight for me. I'm a vegetarian and I avoid gluten and dairy and eat pretty well so I wouldn't be surprised if something else was going on.
Anyway, when I see the GP in 2 weeks I'll be getting the ball rolling to properly deal with this. God knows I want a baby now, having to TTC for ages would almost kill me! Lol
Last edited by Berrie; 09-10-2011 at 10:35.
09-10-2011 16:30 #214Senior Member
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I read through all of your posts last night and thought it was time I introduced myself, I have a feeling we could have a long winding TTC road ahead of us and god knows I will need the support!
DH and I decided we would start TTC sept 2011, so I stopped taking the pill in about Jan/feb 2011 because I wanted some time for my body to get itself to normal, as my cycles had never been regular before the pill- but that was 10 years ago! They were pretty normal for about 5 or 6 months, usually around 28-32 day cycles, but then for the last 3 or 4 months they have been 14 days
Figuring this was a bit strange I saw my GP who sent me for blood work and an US- blood work returned normal but US confirmed PCO.
Doc didn't seem worried, and suggested that we continue doing the BD and if we are not UTD by early next year then go back for some meds.
When I had the ultrasound I was at cycle day 14, and it showed a dominant follicle in my right ovary, but AF arrived the next day. I am now at day 28 with no AF so hopefully this means I am actually capable of Oing!!
It is so good to hear all the positive stories that are occurring in here- and also to see all the support given to the not so nice ones
Sorry if I don't know all of the acronyms but I'm sure I'll get there eventually!!
09-10-2011 18:29 #215Senior Member
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Welcome CottonCandy. The acronyms are as follows:
2WW/tww - two week wait
AF “Aunt Flo” aka menstruation/period
AP attachment parenting
ATM at the moment
Baby Dust good luck
BBT basal body temperature
BC because, or birth control, or before children
BCPS birth control pills
BD baby dance (sex)
BF breastfeed, or boyfriend
BFN big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BM breast milk, or bowel movement
BMS baby making sex
BP birth plan, blood pressure
BTW by the way
Bump a nonsense reply to push the thread to the top of the topic list - bumping is considered to be spam on the forums
BTDT been there, done that
CB cycle buddy
CD cycle day
CF cervical fluid
CIO cry it out
CM cervical mucus
CS cesarean section
D&C dilation and curettage
DC daycare, dear child
DD dear daughter
DE donor eggs
DF dear fiancée
DH dear husband
DI donor insemination
DP dear partner
DPO days past ovulation
DS dear son
DSD dear stepdaughter
DSS dear stepson
DTD do the deed
DW dear wife
EB endometrial biopsy
EBF extended breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding
EBM expressed breast milk
EDD estimated due date, or expected date of delivery
ET embryo transfer
EWCM egg white cervical mucus
FET frozen embryo transfer
FF formula feeding
FMU first morning urine
FRER first response, early response (a brand of pregnancy test)
FT full time
FTM first time mom
FTR for the record
FWIW for what it's worth
FX fingers crossed
FYI for your information
GBH Great big hugs
GBCH Great big cyber hugs
HPT home pregnancy test
HTH hope this helps
IC incompetent cervix
IDK I don't know
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IRL in real life
ITA I totally agree
IUI intrauterine insemination
IUD intrauterine device
IVF in vitro fertilization
KWIM know what I mean?
L&D labor and delivery
LO little one
LOL laughing out loud
LMP last menstrual period OR last missed period
LP luteal phase
ML maternity leave
MM mother's milk
MS morning sickness
MYOB mind your own business
NMS not my style
NMSAA not my style at all
NP no problem, nurse practitioner
NTNP not trying, not preventing
OMG oh my gosh, or oh my god
OP original poster/original post
OPK ovulation predictor kit
OT off topic
OTC over the counter
PA physician's assistant
PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome
PG pregnant, or pregnancy
PM previous/prior marriage
POAS pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)
PP previous poster
PPD postpartum depression
PR previous/prior relationship
RE reproductive endocrinologist
ROFL rolling on floor laughing
SAHD stay-at-home dad
SAHM stay-at-home mom
SAHP stay-at-home parent
SD sperm donor
SO significant other
SMEP sperm meets egg plan
SMH shaking my head
TCOYF Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler
TIA thanks in advance
TMI too much information
TP top post, toliet paper
TTC trying to conceive
TWW two week wait
TYIA thank you in advance
UTI urinary tract infection
VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean section
WAH work at home
WBC white blood cells
WFH work from home
WOH work out of the home
WTO waiting to ovulate
Hope this helps with the acronyms.
10-10-2011 16:22 #216Senior Member
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11-10-2011 20:03 #217
I am day 64 and I may (or I am going crazy) be having pregnancy symptoms!!! I have a nice high cervix, have been having headaches, fatigue, cramps, peeing alot. So please keep your fingers crossed for me!
Welcome to the newbies!
I hope you find much love and support in this group like I have
12-10-2011 13:52 #218Senior Member
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Kimnus, any developments??
Well here I was waiting for AF to arrive, and getting a few BFN in the process , but today I discovered some EWCM, so maybe we hadn't even O'd yet?? I hope so, this is day 31 which trumps the last few 14ish day cycles, and I wasn't even paying attention this month cos we were away! !!!
12-10-2011 18:57 #219
CottonCandy - not much apart from being really tired like exhausted, I was glutton for punishment on Sunday and POAS but it came back negative. I am going to do another HPT on on the weekend and see what happens. I have been booked in for an iron infusion for the 22nd Oct so if I don't get AF by next Wednesday I will go for a pregnancy blood test
Hope everyone else is doing well
16-10-2011 11:36 #220Senior Member
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Quick ? I'm ment to start clomid on cd5 my AF showed lightly yesterday and nothing today do I count it? It was due roughly 28days but my gyno had said it needs to be a strong cycle cos he said I need a proper clean out/new lining to be able to be produced etc...
What's your thoughts?
Fx for everyone!
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