PCOS Help!!!!!
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amycb - October 23

Hello everyone! I am 25 years old and was dx with PCOS when I was 19. When I was 21 I lost about 85 pounds on a totally NO-carb diet! Sadly I have gained most of it back over the last 4 years. My dh and I have been ttc for about 8 months now and have taken 3 rounds of clomid (50,100, & 150 mg) none of the clomid made me ovulate! I am also on 1000mg of metformin 2x a day. I am scheduled for a hysteroscopy/laparoscopy on November 1, because I have 2 very large cysts, one on each ovary, my obgyn is also going to look around for any other problems. Anyway, I am looking for some PCOS buddies to help me in this battle with my weight I really want to loose at least 50 pounds! Also I would love to hear some success stories from ladies with PCOS! Thanks so much!

Amy

 

linds99 - October 23

Hi amycb, I have PCOS too. But I weigh 125 pounds at 5'6", so I don't have the weight issue that you described. But I feel for you very much, I'm so sorry for your struggle. I will say this, I have always had a period, but it was every 35-38 days, and have ovulated and responded very well to clomid the last three cycles, producing as many as 5 mature follicles in certain cycles. But I am still not pregnant, so I tend to think that the issue for us PCOSers is the insulin problem. I have tested good for the glucose tolerance test, coming back 80 both times, so I am not insulin resistant. But they think it must be some insulin disfunction in the body that can't be pinpointed or determined by the glucose fasting test. So, I just have to say that weight really didn't matter for me.. being thinner has not made me pregnant, I have been TTC for 1 year. I just started taking metformin because I have read some women get pregnant with it, even though they are not insulin resistant. And I have found that the metformin actually made me not want to eat. Don't knock yourself up entirely about your weight, of course, it is always better to be thinner and healthier, less stress on the organs, but really there are other things involved in this battle too as you can see, not just the weight. Good luck to you.

 

thayward7 - October 23

Hi Amy! Hang-in there girl! I am also a PCOSer. When I was officially diagnosed a year ago, I started going to Curves - at least 4 times a week, but usually 5 days a week. I lost 40 lbs. very quickly (I was also put on Metformin during this time). I am still not pregnant, but am hopeful that it will happen soon! I am going for round 5 - IUI with donor sperm Clomid, Repronex, Ovidrel... Anyway, I'd be happy to chat with you! Smiles and Babydust... T

 

amycb - October 24

linds99 & thayward7 thanks so much for your help! I look forward to talking to you both soon!

Amy

 

lovemy3 - October 24

Does weight loss correct PCOS?

 

linds99 - October 24

Yes, I've read that losing weight does increase fertility. But as you can see, I am thin, and I produce eggs every month, and ovulate too, but I still have not gotten pregnant. The underlying insulin issue that we were born with is the real culprit. I think weight adds more issues to the bowl. There is a program on Today Show about weight and infertility, maybe that would be a show to check out. I think if you go on The Today Show website, they may have transcripts of the story that aired. PCOS is the worst! I would never wish this on any woman. It really robs you.

 

linds99 - October 24

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15391084/ This is the link to get to the article on The Today Show...it is interesting.

 

Megs - October 25

I too have been diagnosed with PCOS, actually, the beginning of this month. I went to my herb store yesterday and asked them all kinds of questions. They said to do specificially do these three steps right now. First, do a full body cleanse but more specificially focusing on your liver. (That controls the functions of the reproduction and all) Secondly, give your ovaries a break! They gave me PMS (premenstrual Menopausal Solutions) cream and said to use it twice a day for 21 days and give myself 7 days off. It's like being on the pill, same cycle. The fourth month your ovaries with jump start back into gear being refreshed and anew. They also said to start taking Vitex and just following the directions on the bottle. And if one does falls preggers while on PMS, you will after the first three months, do not stop taking it becuase your natural progesterone levels will fall extrememly fast and cause you to miscarry! The lady I was talking to has PCOS as well and has gotten pregnant four times, two resulting in m/c. This is the exact plan she used and has two children alive and walking the earth. I'm going to give it a shot and see what happens!! Thought I would pass on the news. Dr. informed me that about six months before we wanted to start trying to contact him and he'll put me on metformin and then within three months if no baby then he'll do clomid. I just really do not feel as though I should go that route yet. I just hate meds and do not take them unless I absolutely have to! Amycb, I too am on a weight loss journey in hopes of regulating my cycle and just overall becoming healthy. I have put my DH and I on the south beach diet and have already seen great success!! We feel better overall and are not hungry like before. Fortunately, I do not have insulin resistance or diabetes, just the cycts on my ovaries which sucks! Good luck to you and hope at least some of my info is useful to you or someone else!!!

 

linds99 - October 25

Hi Megs, I agree with you on the liver cleanse. A lot of women with PCOS, especially women who are overweight, have a sluggish liver or fatty liver disease. This is most likely in women who have the insulin resistance and obesity combined. Either way, I think that being on metformin also requires you to stay away from coffee, because it raises homocystein in the blood,(this attribute is linked with strokes/cardio problems). ALL PCOSers must take care of their livers, so I think your formula for a liver cleanse makes sense totally. This goes hand in hand with drinking a lot of water too. I know for myself, I have had terrible pms in the past, it is going away, but I know PMS is a major problem for PCOSers too.

 

amycb - October 25

Thank you all so much for all of your support!!! You girls are great! I look forward to talking to all of you very soon!

Amy

 

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