I'm not the usual type to do this kind of thing, but this site has been such a resource/support for me over the last 12 months I feel I should add to the info that could hopefully help someone!
We have been trying for 12 months, I have PCOS like my mother and irregular periods, sometimes monthly, sometimes every three or so months.. My usual O date at this time was sitting around day 31-42.. so much waaaaaiting to even ovulate, and as we didn't know when that would happen it could be anytime over 3-4 weeks... so lots of BDing lol. Well was fun for a while, then hard to fit in with a busy life.
After 8 months of trying I went to the local GP and was referred to a specialist. He put me on clomid - which the usual story - heaps of side effects, and didn't move my ovulation any earlier. After two rounds of clomid I had just started taking the third round and was hit with crazy emotional crying side effects... really not like me. I thought f*ck this and called the doctor asking if I could try anything else, just wasn't feeling like we were making ground at all. The specialist was based in a town six hours away so I was really worried next steps would mean time off work, flying, every few days, injections perhaps, $$$.. I also was getting so sick of twice a week blood tests to guess what was going on, as no ultrasound nearby to track follicle growth etc.
Anyway, enter femara/letrozole. And a BFP on first try. Holy wonder drug! And no side effects. Feeling in shock still! Just feeling so relieved SOMETHING worked, you know? You put all this rubbish in your system and it makes you feel shite, and you wouldn't even mind if it worked, so thank the dear lord something did.
I also did some research into PCOS management, and was eating dairy free, sugar free (mostly), cut back gluten, cut back carbs. I'm173cm tall and around 132 pounds, so not overweight or anything, but read that eating like a diabetic can help sort the hormones etc. No idea if that made any difference but hey worth writing in case. Also did upped the exercise a bit to keep the metabolism moving.
Symptoms-wise I felt identical to every other cycle until maybe 11dpo - when felt a bit dizzy and forgetful, and some pinging/cramping around my left hip. Same sore boobs/sore back/cramps etc as all other cycles, and my temps were actually identical to other cycles up until 11dpo. Like literally on my average line on Fertility Friend. My temp dropped at 11dpo (as usual) and I 100% thought I was out. Then 12dpo it went up a little bit, same with 13 and 14dpo, so I tested with digital clearblue 14dpo. Really wanted to see those words. And there they were...
Fingers crossed this is a goer, this is our first time TTC and so hopeful it ends well.
I know you get sick of reading this, but keep your chin up. Trust the doctors, trust your intuition if you think something isn't working. Something will work. My DH and I were joking that if we had to go to IVF we would just invoice the child when it turned 21 for the costs of IVF plus interest :)
Take care of yourselves and I feel your tears of frustration. Believe xxx